Painting for Beginners: Learn to Paint with Impact

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

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About This CourseBeginner

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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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

Course Sections


The Course Overview

Downloadable Materials: Lecture Notes and Assignments

Materials Required for This Course

The Ideal Painting Surface: Make Your Own Painting Panels

How To Prime Your Painting Panel

Traditional Stretched Canvas Options

Make Your Own Stretched Canvas

Your Painting Haven

An Introduction to This Section on Shapes

Shapes: Materials Required

Values: A Quick Primer

Introduction to Notan Paintings

Notan Painting & Values

Outline Studies Introduction

Outline Study Demo

Paint a Four Value Study

Color Outline Painting

An Introduction to Color

The Three Qualities of Color

How to Use Color Relationships For Impact

Light, Shade & Reflections

More About Light & Shade

Light and Shadow Painting Demonstration

Color Maps and Color Notes

The Importance of Edges

More about Edges and Brushwork

Typical Edges

4 Keys To Painting With Impact

Recap: The Critical Pillar To Learn

Demo: How Shapes Help You Make a Great Start

An Introduction to Composition

Composition Classics

Essential Design Elements

An Introduction to Drawing for the Painter

Drawing Tips For The Painter

Brushwork Signature

Brushwork Techniques

Big Brush Little Brush Intro

Big Brush Demo Painting Part 1

Big Brush Demo Painting Part 2

Big Brush Demo Part 3: Conclusion

An Introduction to Painting Process

Powerful Process

Limited Palette: Unlimited Opportunity

Mixing Green Demonstration

Painting Demo With Limited Palette of Colors

Alla Prima Painting Demo Part 1: Making a Good Start

Alla Prima Painting Demo Part 2: Developing the Painting

Alla Prima Demo: Part 3 – The Completion

How to Use References Confidently

How I Use Reference Photos

Having Fun Plein Air Painting! A preview

Plein Air Painting Demonstration

Assignment 1: Two Value Notan Studies

Assignment 2: Now Try a Three Value Notan

Assignment 3: Do An Outline Study for Shape and Values

Assignment 4: Painting Your Monochrome Study

Assignment 5: Color Value Study

Assignment 6: Color Maps

Assignment 7: Color Mixing & Color Wheel

Assignment 8: Palette Technique

Assignment 9: Mixing Hues

Assignment 10: Painting Color Charts

Assignment 11: Mixing Grays

Assignment 12: Practical Composition Exercise

Assignment 13: Assessment of Composition Sketch

Assignment 14: Composition Fameworks

Assignment 15: Find Edges and Focal Area

Assignment 16: The Four Pillars

The End of the Course: The Beginning of Your Painting Adventure


11 student reviews
  1. Elizabeth Newcomb says:

    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. Ellen says:

    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. Betty L says:

    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!!!!