Famous Artists School

Famous Artists School on Facebook FAS FREE interactive art quiz: test your art knowledge
Payments are made securely via PayPal

by FAS grad Christina Cooper

by FAS grad Pam Rice

by FAS grad Robert Heindel

by FAS grad Charles Reid

by FAS instructor Dolph LeMoult

© 2019 by Cortina Learning International, Wilton, CT. All rights reserved.
website by InfoPulse LLC
Privacy Policy

Painting Master

The digital textbook for Painting Master Creative Art Course takes you from the basics of Foundations to advanced techniques in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, plus in-depth demonstrationsPainting Master and instruction on landscape, portraiture, the human figure, and composition. You will study motifs, creative expression, anatomy, structure, draping, and much more.

The Painting Master Curriculum

Once you’ve completed the Foundations curriculum, the Painting Master Creative Art Course curriculum design will enable you to master advanced techniques in painting using oils, acrylics, watercolors, and more. Experienced artists can benefit from reviewing the tips and techniques in this two-volume textbook.

Chapter 1: Picture Making in Oil
Enjoy painting in oil • The size of your picture surface • Oil painting is different from watercolor • Paints, brushes a mediums • Drawing with brushes or knives • The basic principles of picture making • The paintings of Ryuusei

Chapter 2: Painting Still Life
Still life—an ideal subject • Selecting your subject • Composing the still life motif • Control the lighting • Composing a still life painting • Think in simple value patterns • Painting still life with cool and warm colors • Color in still life • Painting a still life with flowers

Chapter 3: Painting Landscape
Nature is a treasure house • Composing a landscape painting • Creating depth and the illusion of distance • Vantage affects the landscape • Simple value patterns • Painting buildings with warm and cool colors • Color in a landscape • Painting a landscape in oil • Making discoveries with your heart and eye • Grab your sketchbook and go outside • Local scenes • Painting a red brick warehouse • Painting with brush and knife • Gallery

Chapter 4: Painting the Human Figure
The nude, the eternal subject • It all begins with drawing • Paint the figure using basic forms • Painting the nude [seated] • Painting the nude [reclining] • Painting the nude [standing] • Gallery • What is more interesting than the human face? • Composing a portrait • Translate into simple value patterns • Make skin color using warm and cool colors • Painting a portrait in oil • Painting a self portrait • Painting a portrait in mixed media • Gallery

Chapter 5: Creative Expressions
Two artists paint the same landscape • In search of your own expression • A simple composition • Painting with simple patterns • Creating patterns • Drawing with simple lines • Simplifying the forms •  Drawing the things around you/Kasai • Gallery • Using clear outlines • In the style of the Impressionists • Painting in layers • Using the knife more often • Effective impasto • Texture of buildings • Painting the nude • Gallery • “Images proliferate” • Making good use of slides • Gallery

Chapter 6: Picture Making in Watercolor
The charm of watercolor • Wash paint and brushes • How to set out colors on the palette • Selecting papers • Painting flat wash • Painting graded wash • “Wet-in-wet” technique • Painting one layer of color over another • Soaking up the paint • Using watercolor brushes • Drybrush • Drybrush stroke and rolling • Using masking fluid • Creating a variety of textures • How Dong Kingman paints a landscape • Painting a portrait in wash • Painting a still life in wash • The characteristics of opaque • Opaque watercolor tips • Useful techniques • Demonstration of painting in opaque • Gallery

Chapter 7: Painting in Acrylic
Advantages of acrylic paint • Tools for acrylic painting • Paper, canvas and board • Working with mediums • Using acrylics like transparent watercolor • Using an opaque acrylic method • Useful techniques • Painting landscape in acrylic • Acrylic painting in impasto • Gallery • Using acrylics for collage

Chapter 8: Anatomy and The Figure in Motion
Bones and muscles affect the surface of the figure • Structure is more subtle in the female figure • Relative proportions of the adult figure • The head and neck • The torso • The bones and muscles in the torso • The front and back of the torso • The shoulders and arms • The front and back of the arms • The leg and foot • The muscles in the thigh and the lower leg • The foot • The skeleton • The muscles of the body • Figure drawing step by step • “Humanizing” the basic form • The figure in motion • The joints and how they move • Drawing the balanced figure • The spine and the body move together • Twisting and turning • Foreshortening • Walking and running • Keep stretching • Anatomy and its interpretations • Indispensable foundations for drawing the figure • Gallery

Chapter 9: Drawing Clothes and Drapery
Clothes and their folds • The basic types of folds • How the artist uses folds • Folds as the accent in the picture • Drapery affects the overall shape • Recognizing important characteristics • Drapery communicates • Different approaches to drapery • Use drapery in a personal way