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"Thereís no
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paintings canít
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"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

"...really superb"

"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.

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"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
"...already noticed
in my work"
"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
Painting Academy Programs
We offer two programs of painting instruction:
the Full Course and the Beginner Course.
If you buy the Beginner Course, you can later buy the Upgrade
to the Full Course.
  Upgrade Now!

To upgrade from the Beginner Program to the Full Program you can buy an additional 48 lessons by going to the Beginner Program page, and purchasing the Beginner Program again for $240.

Contact the support line where your lessons are located and we will add another 48 lessons to your program. You can do that three times (3 X $240) to upgrade to the full program of 192 lessons.

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48 Lessons

This table shows the complete sequence of painting lessons. When you buy the upgrade, you get the next 24 lessons, depending on which lessons you already have.


A01 What Are Values?
A02 Creating A Value Scale
A03 Comparing Values
A04 Posterizing Images
A05 What Is Notan
A06 Creating A Two-Value Mass Notan
A07 Dominant Values
A08 Creating A Three-Value Mass Notan
A09 How To Match Values
A10 Color Mixing For Beginners
A11 How To Match Colors
A12 Creating A Color Map

B01 Visual Music & Poetry
B02 Shape Distinction
B03 Unequal Space Division
B04 Cropping A View
B05 How To Paint A Four-Value Study
B06 What Is Saturation?
B07 How To Make Grays
B08 Outdoor Color Studies
B09 Reference Values
B10 Hue, Temperature & Munsell Notation
B11 What Are Complements?
B12 Drawing Triangles

C01 Drawing The Envelope
C02 How To Use Biases
C03 Color Block Studies - High Saturation
C04 Levels And Plumb Lines
C05 Drawing Hand Position
C06 Developing Your Creativity: Exploratory Scribbles
C07 Creating A Four-Value Mass Notan
C08 Five-Value Studies
C09 Focal Point And Focal Area
C10 Secondary Focal Area
C11 Informal Subdivision
C12 Inequality

D01 Two-Value Statement
D02 Tangents And Boundaries
D03 Saturation Scales
D04 Contrast Of Saturation
D05 Contrast Of Light And Dark
D06 Directing Lines
D07 Organizational Structures
D08 Atmospheric Value Changes
D09 Atmospheric Hue Changes
D10 Alla Prima Painting Process Part One
D11 Alla Prima Painting Process Part Two
D12 Color Evaluation

E01 Dull Primary Palette
E02 Shape Simplification
E03 Contour Notan
E04 Golden Section
E05 Vivid Primary Palette
E06 Atmospheric Saturation Changes
E07 Gesture Drawing
E08 Baselines
E09 Seven Value Study
E10 Vertical Value Changes in the Sky
E11 Linking Lights
E12 Linking Darks

F01 Earth Palettes
F02 Glass Drawing
F03 Baselines & Ground Contours
F04 Simplifying Complex Forms
F05 Brushwork Variety
F06 Thick & Thin
F07 Point, Line, Mass
F08 Working Large to Small
F09 Warm Cool Primary Palette plus grays
F10 Vertical Hue Changes in the Sky
F11 Block Studies - Low Saturation
F12 Diminishing Size and Receding Lines

G01 Counterchange
G02 Alternating Lights and Darks
G03 Spotting
G04 Keys
G05 Complementary Palettes
G06 Dark Accents
G07 Planes of the Light & Shade
G08 Quick Sketch Technique
G09 General to Specific
G10 Descriptive Brushwork
G11 Overlapping Forms
G12 Description of Texture

H01 Matching Music & Poetry
H02 Brushwork in Focal Areas
H03 Focal Areas and Space Division
H04 Contrast of Shape
H05 Balanced Color Harmonies
H06 Contrast of Warm/Cool
H07 Contrast of Brushwork
H08 Active & Passive Mix
H09 Concepts
H10 Contour Drawing
H11 Complementary Color Harmony
H12 Right Angles & Tie Together

I01 Squaring Off Forms
I02 Tertiary and Tetrad Color Harmonies
I03 Measurement & Midpoints
I04 High Saturation Still Life
I05 Emotion in Your Work
I06 Split Complementary Harmonies
I07 Contrast of Size
I08 Straight Line Approximation
I09 Contrast of Line
I10 Rhythm Lines
I11 Geometric Forms & Trees
I12 Clouds

J01 Gradation & Edge Notans
J02 Drawing Ellipses and Cylinders
J03 Spectrum Palettes
J04 Advanced Pigments and Colors
J05 Perspective
J06 Fog
J07 Low Saturation Still Life
J08 Still Life Planes
J09 Eye Pathways
J10 Repeating Color Spots
J11 Vanishing Points on Slopes
J12 Guiding Lights & Darks

K01 Saturation Changes on Forms
K02 Using a Black Mirror
K03 Contrast of Texture
K04 Oriental Contour Notan
K05 Glazing
K06 More Color Changes in Skies
K07 Low Saturation Fields
K08 Scumbling
K09 Complementary Contrast
K10 Color in Half Tones
K11 Moonlight
K12 Constant Value Color Scales

L01 Mass Drawing Procedure
L02 Learning Composition
L03 Suggestive Brushwork
L04 Tints & Shades
L05 Linear Drawing Procedure
L06 Transparent Buildup
L07 Reflected Light Outdoors
L08 Godlove's Principle
L09 Hard & Soft Edges
L10 Cast Shadows
L11 Dark, Light, Gray and Middle Values
L12 Narrative, Complex & Message

M01 Flattening Values
M02 Middle Values and Value Compression
M03 Interrelationship of Line
M04 Subordination & Relationship
M05 How to Create a Concept
M06 Brushwork Techniques
M07 Oceans & Lakes
M08 Painting Movement
M09 Analogous Color Harmonies
M10 Hybrid Analogous Color Harmonies
M11 Simplifying Paintings
M12 Perspective Centers

N01 Itness
N02 Tree Masses
N03 Tree Trunks & Branches
N04 Buildings
N05 Rocks
N06 Counterpoint
N07 Lost & Found Edges
N08 Edge Colors
N09 Reflections
N10 Luster
N11 Mono & Poly-Isochromes
N12 Tonal Influence

O01 Isolation
O02 More Organizational Structures
O03 Street Perspective
O04 Brushwork Perspective
O05 Student Critiques
O06 Spacing Vertical and Horizontal Objects in Perspective
O07 Drawing Arches
O08 Shape Rhythm
O09 Iridescence
O10 Color Threads
O11 Color Bridges
O12 Nine-Pile Variations

P01 Colored Light Sources
P02 Making Whites Glow and Keying Whites
P03 Luminosity
P04 Rabatment of the Rectangle
P05 Atmospheric Perspective Evaluation
P06 Complementary Optical Color Mixing
P07 Triadic Optical Color Mixing
P08 Camouflage
P09 Analogous Color Mixing
P10 Multicolored Brushstrokes
P11 Layered Washes
P12 Graceful Line

  Upgrade Now!

To upgrade from the Beginner Program to the Full Program you can buy an additional 48 lessons by going to the Beginner Program page, and purchasing the Beginner Program again for $240.

Contact the support line where your lessons are located and we will add another 48 lessons to your program. You can do that three times (3 X $240) to upgrade to the full program of 192 lessons.

Add Next
48 Lessons
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