Best Online Oil Painting Course?
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Jesper Axelsson
Hi, I'm looking for an online oil painting course for beginners, and would be interested to hear any thoughts or recommendations. I've tried finding one on my own, and the ones I'm thinking about taking are on New Masters Academy (Charles Hu's "Oil painting for beginners" and Joseph Todorovitch's courses) and on youtube (SIMPLIFY Drawing and Painting). Do you have any thoughts about these? Are there other courses you would rather recommend? I studied Alla Prima II thoroughly this spring and I have been trying to apply that knowledge during the summer. But I feel like I need someone showing me the basic procedures step by step. I want to be able to paint realisticly, to faithfully capture what I see. Some artists that I like are: Anders Zorn, Richard Schmid, Joaquin Sorolla and Kazuo Oga Thanks in advance!
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Veronica Clarke Oscarson
I’m on virtual art academy as well. It’s a very through 4 year comprehensive program. I feel like it has really taken my art to a new level. I just won my first plein aire competition
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Theresa
I have recently started an extensive course of study with Virtual Art Academy and from your post I recommend checking with this online academy program. I have spent years studying art techniques with the multiple free postings on the internet without actually doing any art as I was in a state that prevented hands on activity. I studied instead. When I did finally have opportunity to hold a brush and start a painting, the plethora of tidbits gathered over the years actually blocked me. My mind had 10,000 pieces of art info just jumbled together with no frame or ability to place pieces into the whole. VAA ‘s Spiral of Learning and their nine foundational blocks of learning [even represented as puzzle pieces] is the orderly art curriculum I needed. Spaced repetition is one shining and effective aspect of this particular academy as principles are spiraled into every learning block of study. Many students with art degrees hop into the program to shore up what they learned and add to what they missed in their course of study. The diverse student body enhances our assignment critiques. Barry John Raybould’s virtual art museum visits helps to not only study with the Masters but he chooses specific paintings that link to the teachings of each workshop. This course has changed how I visit a museum exploding into amazing enjoyment of why these works are in a museum. Principles that are taught apply to representational all the way to abstraction with either oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastels. Immersive is my operating word for VAA. Check out the website soon as he is currently running a special for a limited time. My suggestion is to purchase one month access, dig deeply into it to test it for yourself. https://www.virtualartacademy.org/share/T7k6KF4GmkgrMLCd
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Mattias Wirf
You might want to check out Steve Hustons course on New Masters Academy, I'm going through it right now and I like it so far. But it depends much on that I like his teaching style I think. Also, he does some studies in there and if I remember correct both with Zorn and Sorolla.
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Liandro
Hey @Jesper Axelsson! Not sure if you’ve already found what you wanted, but I know there’s a course on Oil Painting with Thomas Fluharty at Schoolism - maybe you’d like to check it out. Also on Schoolism, there is Sam Nielson’s Fundamentals of Lighting course, which is super dense and very helpful if you also want to strengthen the “medium-free” (not just oil) knowledge on painting. And also on “medium-free-painting” resources, definitely check out James Gurney’s stuff (he’s certainly one of the most skilled artists that comes to my mind when I think of realistic painting) - his famous book is Color and Light, and there are also many demonstration videos on his YouTube channel. Best of luck! And please feel free to share your progress with us!
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks a lot @Liandro! I have decided to warm up by doing cast/still life drawings, then take Joseph's courses. I think they are the right fit for me at the moment (and NMA had a great deal for premium membership XD), but Thomas Fluharty's course really interested me, I might take it in the future! His caricatures are awesome and the realism in his renderings is breathtaking! Thanks again :)
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Talal Zulfiqar
Try Mark Carder's DrawMixPaint. He teaches alla-prima advance realism that is still brushy (like John Singer Seargent). You dont even have to enroll, his free art instruction on YouTube is enough to teach one the alla prima method of oil painiting.
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Jesper Axelsson
Thanks for this! I'll check it out!
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Takatomo Homma
Hi @Jesper Personally I've been on Skillshare for years. Not only are there tons of oil painting courses but also other types of art courses and also design and business courses. A few artists of which I have taken the class with the style of your choice are Kristy Gordon and Mark Hill. Kristy - I think she teaches in-person but also on Zoom. I've never taken classes but she has mentorship programs and I am interested in that. Mark Hill - Most of his classes on Skillshare are drawing but there are a few oil painting courses. I really liked some of the things he teaches there. I checked out SIMPLIFY Drawing and Painting on YouTube and visited his Instagram account. I saw one of the artists I follow on Instagram, A.J. Alper, also follows him. A.J. has tons of demos on his YouTube channel as well although I've never taken his courses. Do you happen to follow A.J. Alper?
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Nicolas CATALDO
Hello Jesper :), so first I should tell you that I studied in an physical Atelier were I learned the old masters classical oil painting techniques so I might be a little bias on that. First it is important that you clarify what you mean by oil painting course. Because for me there is an important separation between the *Oil* part and the *Painting* part. The painting part is where you learn your fundamentals and is never dependent of the medium. So even with oil you can lean from a course tackling the form fundamental with digital painting. Oil is the medium and has a number of defined characteristic and techniques. To give you an example in Oil, I render form and depth by first making a one tonal value painting and after it's dry I paint lighter over that and work the form. Watercolor can't do that, so they have to use other ways to render form. But both depend on this fundamental. I said that because from what I've seen, most time, Oil painting courses for beginners are really fundamental painting course where only little medium techniques are taught. To summarize, learn the fundamentals from anywhere you can, all advanced visual artist talk about them whether they are using a pen or paint. To learn the medium of oil, maybe pinpoint resources where they really teach about oil techniques and processes rather than fundamentals. I could give you some advice on that if you want. I hope any of that helped :)
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Jesper Axelsson
@Nicolas CATALDO thanks for this! I think it's both. What's hindering me the most right now is the *Oil* part. I don't know stuff like how to prepare my canvas, each step in the lay-in process, brush technique, how to create edges. I don't have the process needed to use my knowledge of the fundamentals. I feel very confident in the fundamentals of drawing (gesture, construction, perspective, anatomy) but I first started taking shading classes a year ago. And the knowledge I have about color and edges from Alla Prima II have received limited practice. I definitely need to continue practicing the fundamentals of rendering to sharpen my eye, so I think a course emphasizing both painting fundamentals and oil techniques would suit me best. Thanks :)
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Nicole Lee
Hi @Jesper Axelsson , maybe you can check into Watts Atelier's courses? I am actually taking his online one for drawing now and feel like I have filled up a lot of gaps for fundamentals. Although I haven't taken his painting courses, based on my experience with drawing, his course is very structured and detailed. It may be worth checking out. Hope that helps!
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Jesper Axelsson
I'll check it out! Thanks!
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