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Painting for Beginners: Learn to Paint with Impact
4.6( 11 REVIEWS )
5h 33m

This course is designed for those interested in learning how to improve their painting skills.

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About This Course

This course is designed to fill in the gaps left by conventional art instruction. We all want our paintings to stand out. To express our feelings or catch the eye of a collector. What is it that makes a painting move from ordinary to stunning?

The secret is learning how to see like an artist. No matter what your subject, the basic foundation for color, value, edges, and shapes needs to be in place. I take this further with extensive video demonstrations that give you the confidence to try yourself.

Challenging and fun assignments with demonstrations will help you put theory into practice. In this course, you will learn by doing – the best way! Supplemented with notes, video, slideshows and full demonstrations, you will be able to take your painting to higher levels quickly and confidently.

This course will give you the confidence and direction to paint with impact.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge to paint effectively.

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Get started today and develop the skill of painting!

About the Instructor:

Malcolm Dewey

I am a professional artist with twenty years experience in painting mainly in oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums. I have studied art for most of my life and continue to develop my style of painting. I enjoy teaching art, which has led to me developing courses to help artists seeking to improve their work.

I follow a representational approach to subjects using a painterly or impressionistic style. Plein air painting is a favorite part of my approach to painting. I currently produce paintings for sale to collectors worldwide.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Welcome 00:00:00
The Course Overview 00:00:00
Downloadable Materials: Lecture Notes and Assignments 00:00:00
Section 2 - Your Painting Materials
Materials Required for This Course 00:00:00
The Ideal Painting Surface: Make Your Own Painting Panels 00:00:00
How To Prime Your Painting Panel 00:00:00
Traditional Stretched Canvas Options 00:00:00
Make Your Own Stretched Canvas 00:00:00
Section 3 - Your Studio Set-Up
Your Painting Haven 00:00:00
Section 4 - Use Shapes and Values for Impact
An Introduction to This Section on Shapes 00:00:00
Shapes: Materials Required 00:00:00
Values: A Quick Primer 00:00:00
Introduction to Notan Paintings 00:00:00
Notan Painting & Values 00:00:00
Outline Studies Introduction 00:00:00
Outline Study Demo 00:00:00
Paint a Four Value Study 00:00:00
Color Outline Painting 00:00:00
Section 5 - Color and Light
An Introduction to Color 00:00:00
The Three Qualities of Color 00:00:00
How to Use Color Relationships For Impact 00:00:00
Section 6 - Advanced Color
Light, Shade & Reflections 00:00:00
More About Light & Shade 00:00:00
Light and Shadow Painting Demonstration 00:00:00
Color Maps and Color Notes 00:00:00
Section 7 - How to Paint Edges for Impact
The Importance of Edges 00:00:00
More about Edges and Brushwork 00:00:00
Typical Edges 00:00:00
Section 8 - The Four Keys to Paintings with Impact
4 Keys To Painting With Impact 00:00:00
Recap: The Critical Pillar To Learn 00:00:00
Demo: How Shapes Help You Make a Great Start 00:00:00
Section 9 - Design Your Painting for Impact
An Introduction to Composition 00:00:00
Composition Classics 00:00:00
Essential Design Elements 00:00:00
Section 10 - Drawing for Painters
An Introduction to Drawing for the Painter 00:00:00
Drawing Tips For The Painter 00:00:00
Section 11 - Painterly Brushwork
Brushwork Signature 00:00:00
Brushwork Techniques 00:00:00
Big Brush Little Brush Intro 00:00:00
Big Brush Demo Painting Part 1 00:00:00
Big Brush Demo Painting Part 2 00:00:00
Big Brush Demo Part 3: Conclusion 00:00:00
Section 12 - The Painterly Process
An Introduction to Painting Process 00:00:00
Powerful Process 00:00:00
Limited Palette: Unlimited Opportunity 00:00:00
Mixing Green Demonstration 00:00:00
Painting Demo With Limited Palette of Colors 00:00:00
Alla Prima Painting Demo Part 1: Making a Good Start 00:00:00
Alla Prima Painting Demo Part 2: Developing the Painting 00:00:00
Alla Prima Demo: Part 3 – The Completion 00:00:00
Section 13 - Using References Confidently
How to Use References Confidently 00:00:00
How I Use Reference Photos 00:00:00
Section 14 - A Plein Air Primer
Having Fun Plein Air Painting! A preview 00:00:00
Plein Air Painting Demonstration 00:00:00
Section 15 - Assignments
Assignment 1: Two Value Notan Studies 00:00:00
Assignment 2: Now Try a Three Value Notan 00:00:00
Assignment 3: Do An Outline Study for Shape and Values 00:00:00
Assignment 4: Painting Your Monochrome Study 00:00:00
Assignment 5: Color Value Study 00:00:00
Assignment 6: Color Maps 00:00:00
Assignment 7: Color Mixing & Color Wheel 00:00:00
Assignment 8: Palette Technique 00:00:00
Assignment 9: Mixing Hues 00:00:00
Assignment 10: Painting Color Charts 00:00:00
Assignment 11: Mixing Grays 00:00:00
Assignment 12: Practical Composition Exercise 00:00:00
Assignment 13: Assessment of Composition Sketch 00:00:00
Assignment 14: Composition Fameworks 00:00:00
Assignment 15: Find Edges and Focal Area 00:00:00
Assignment 16: The Four Pillars 00:00:00
Section 16 - A Course Recap
The End of the Course: The Beginning of Your Painting Adventure 00:00:00

Course Review


11 Ratings
  1. Anonymous
    Elizabeth Newcomb June 29, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Painting For Beginners - Course Review by Elizabeth Newcomb


    I love how this course breaks down the different fundamentals of painting. After taking this course I have a deeper appreciation for the art of painting.

  2. Anonymous

    Great Course, I learned a lot


    I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot of new techniques that I never thought about. I know this will help me to expand my art knowledge and ability. Can’t wait to apply what I have learned.

  3. Anonymous

    Pait with Impact.


    I have a Bachelor’s degree in Art, but this course taught me that I learned nothing about painting from my teachers in College!!!! Malcolm Dewey taught me the correct way to do a painting. Not only that, he taught me how to make my paintings to have an impact on the viewer. I guess it is better late than never. Thank you, Malcolm Dewey, for your in-depth course. You are my inspiration!!!!

  4. Anonymous



    Great class

  5. Anonymous
    Barbara-Ann Gale July 9, 2018 at 11:40 AM



    Excellent course. Well presented; the artist knows what he is doing; very informative. I’ve taken a few art courses in the past and Mr. Dewey’s course has served as a great refresher and then some!



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