Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome!
    • How to Get the Most out of the Academy
    • The Mini Manifesto
    • A Note on the Different Mediums
    • What Do You Need?
  • 2

    Resources

    • Useful Websites
    • List of Master Artists
    • Who Are Your Favorite Master Artists?
    • Painting Glossary
    • Painting Questions
    • Free Guides
  • 3

    Module 1 - Getting Started

    • Why Do You Want to Take up Painting?
    • What Medium Is for You?
    • What Medium Is for You Quiz
    • What Makes a Great Painting?
    • Problem Solving
    • Problem Solving Checklist
    • Simplification
    • Setting up Your Studio
    • Painting Supplies & Equipment
    • Studio Lighting
  • 4

    Module 2 - Understanding Value

    • Introduction to Value
    • [Exercise] Creating Your Own Value Scale
    • Translating Color into Value
    • How to Squint Properly
    • Converting Images to Grayscale
    • [Exercise] Converting Your Image to Grayscale
    • Compressed Values
    • Compressed Values
    • Comparing Values
    • Comparing Values
    • Dominant Values and Accents
    • Notan
    • Posterizing An Image
    • [Exercise] Posterize An Image
    • 2-Value Notan Demo
    • [Exercise] Notan Study
  • 5

    Module 3 - The Basics of Color and Light

    • Color Terms
    • How Do We See Color
    • Subtractive Versus Additive Color
    • Sorolla Says It Well...
    • Introduction to the Color Wheel
    • Color Saturation
    • Color Saturation Study
    • [Quiz] Matching Color Saturation (Read This First)
    • [Quiz] Matching Color Saturation
    • [Exercise] Create Your Own Color Saturation Study
    • Read This After the Quiz
    • Color Temperature
    • Painting Under Different Light Sources
    • Color Tricks and Illusions
    • Inspirational Color Quotes
  • 6

    Module 4 - Color Mixing, Manipulating and Harmony

    • What Creates Color Harmony
    • Color Schemes
    • Optical Color Mixing And Broken Color
    • Color Terms Recapped
    • How to Lighten or Darken a Color
    • Color Mixing and the Split Primary Palette
    • [Exercise] Determine the Bias of Your Primary Colors
    • How to Mix Grays
    • How to Mix Vivid Orange
    • [Exercise] Mix Your Own Vivid Secondary Colors
    • Matching Colors
    • [Exercise] Mixing Colors You See
    • Master Breakdown - Claude Monet
    • Master Breakdown - Isaac Levitan
    • Master Breakdown - George Henry
  • 7

    Module 5 - Creating Interesting Compositions

    • What Is Composition and Why Is It Important?
    • Focal Point
    • Actual vs Implied Lines
    • Leading Lines
    • The Rule of Thirds
    • Cropping the View
    • Framing
    • Linking Elements
    • [Exercise] Composition Analysis
  • 8

    Module 6 - The Painting Process

    • Painting Process - Part 1
    • Painting Process - Part 2.1
    • Painting Process - Part 2.2
    • Painting Process - Part 3
    • Painting Process - Part 4
    • Painting Process - Part 5
    • Painting Process - Part 6
    • Reference Photos
  • 9

    What Now?

    • Thanks for Joining Me!