"Iíve been painting on my own for a while and thought I was doing okay. Now that Iím taking this course I see so many things I can learn from that will make my work so much better. This is the stuff you canít get in art school anymore, sadly. Thereís no way your paintings canít improve after this course. Thatís how strongly I feel about it." ... Bob Akers., Crystal Lake, IL, United States
"I find your courses really superb in two ways: first they are very complete and comprehensive, and second they go straight to the point, to the essentials. Both my wife and I paint and we both agree that these art instruction courses are one of the best sources of education for people who want to learn to paint in a direct or alla prima style" Bernado Martin, Alicante, Spain.
"This course is truly well run, professionally handled -- and I can only echo the great comments of other students: I am glad, I enrolled in this course!! I got so much out of it already -- lots of explanations, areas to study up on, other artists to learn from. AND I am not at the end of the course, yet. I am getting more and more confident and bold enough to follow my dream -- to become a proficient and sensitive artist.
Erika, USA, 2009
"In my opinion, your material is the best I have found. It builds the basics, from the ground up, recognizing that there are no short cuts.....Your course puts all the right info into one package, and even more important, it gives me an organized, building block way to get these things into my head, and I have already noticed an improvement in my work," George, USA
Welcome to the Academy
Watch all these videos for a brief overview of the course.
Learn to paint at your own pace
in your own place...
These self-study painting lessons are suitable for you no matter what your experience level and no matter which type of medium you prefer to use. If you are an absolute beginner then we have a program that will help to get you started, from choosing the right equipment to painting your first masterpiece. If you already have some painting experience but want to take your painting to a higher level, choose our Full Course and you will have all the materials at your fingertips so you can work on all the Building Blocks at the same time. If your budget is limited, you can add each of the four year's worth of lesson from our Full Course as you can afford them.
Compared with other painting lessons on the internet,
all our painting lessons are:
based on 20 years of research by a professional artist on the studio and plein air painting techniques of the masters so you get comprehensive information that matches that taught in the world's best art schools and academies.
Presented using professional instructional design standards (unlike most painting lessons) to make the courses very easy to understand and follow.
Our comprehensive 4 year program of study for all levels
A 1 year program of study in painting for beginners
If you are serious about improving your painting skills and you want to become an excellent artist and you are looking for a comprehensive in-depth program of study that's expertly organized, then look no further.
You will get immediate access to:
Designed for beginners, but also with the busy professional in mind, this shorter course gets you started on a simple series of exercises and assignments so you make progress quickly. You can upgrade to the Full Course anytime.
You get access to:
Academy membership costs $24.95 per month and gives you a private account on our system where you can download the lessons and assignments you buy in Step 2. You also get access to the Academy Online Campus where you can upload your assignments and share them with other students, as well as access to supplemental learning materials such as videos and examples. In addition you will get three months' worth of lessons free to get you started. After the first month of membership you will automatically be reenrolled for the following month. You can cancel your membership at any time.
Buy the full program or beginner program. We will then add these lessons to the account you set up in Step 1. This process should be complete within 48-72 hours.
Read the lesson materials, do the assignments, and (optionally) upload them to the Online Campus.
No Risk Trial
Try it for one month to see if it works for you ó you have nothing to lose. You can cancel at any time during the four years, even after the first month, and owe nothing. Just contact us to cancel your subscription.
"The material is very well presented and easy to understand - no lengthy explanations but short and condensed paragraphs with a load of very valuable information. Along with plenty of illustrations, this makes it a fun and easy study."
"This course is truly well run, professionally handled -- and I can only echo the great comments of other students: I am glad, I enrolled in this course!! I got so much out of it already -- lots of explanations, areas to study up on, other artists to learn from. AND I am not at the end of the course, yet. I am getting more and more confident and bold enough to follow my dream -- to become a proficient and sensitive artist."