Painting Master Creative Art Course: Going for it All

If your goal is advancing as far as you can in painting, the Painting Master Creative Art Course is what you need to take you from the basics all the way through mastery of using paint to express your unique creativity.

Painting Master Creative Art Course Print Edition

A two-volume Painting print textbook is included with your Painting Master Creative Art Course (in addition to your two-volume Foundations print textbook)—you can keep and refer to these books often, especially if you are away from your Internet connection. The full textbooks are generous in size, 10-3/4” by 13-3/4”, and are presented in flexible ring-bound covers so they lie flat for easy reference.

In the Foundations Course, we introduce you to oil, transparent watercolor, opaque watercolor, and acrylic. We discuss and demonstrate the tools for each medium, and show a wide variety of techniques and effects. We lead you through step-by-step demonstrations and teach you how to use color. It provides a comprehensive grounding in the tools, skills, and techniques you need to move on in the mastery of art.

But if you want more than the basics, if you want to seamlessly move on towards mastery in painting, the Painting Master Creative Art Course is the Course for you.

Beyond what you learn in the 10 Chapters and Assignment of the Foundations Course, you will study, in detail, various aspects and techniques of painting. Topics include motifs (still life, portrait, landscape), creative expressions, and the technical points of anatomy and clothing. You will look over the shoulder of professional artists as they take you through their creative process.

Once you’ve studied each section, you’ll put all you’ve learned into your own paintings and you’ll see your work change and improve as you advance through each assignment. You will be carefully guided by your FAS Instructor, a professional artist. Your Instructor will critique each of your 24 assignments (10 Foundations assignments and 14 Painting assignments), and his or her critique will be detailed, fair, and to the point—and invaluable for your artistic development.

The PAINTING MASTER CREATIVE ART COURSE with one-on-one instruction and guidance from professional artists is the only one you’ll find that gives you ALL the tools and techniques you need to become an accomplished painter. This Master Course includes the ten Chapters and Assignments of the Foundations Creative Art Course, including online access Foundations Book 1 (Chapters 1-5), Foundations Book 2 (Chapters 6-10), Painting Book 1 (Chapters 1-5), and Painting Book 2 (Chapters 6-9 ) as well as the printed version of Foundations Books 1 and 2 and Painting Books 1 and 2; supplementary material including special Assignment sheets, mailer and instructions; complete critique and evaluation for each Assignment by your Artist/Instructor. The Master Painting Creative Art Course is $1,590 (or $1,690 with our convenient installment payment plan).

Enroll in the PAINTING MASTER CREATIVE ART COURSE.

If you need more information, just click here to sign up for the FREE PREVIEWS and take a look at our printable brochure. The Preview gives you access to “Samplers” of the Foundations and Painting segments, including the full introduction and table of contents, typical pages from each lesson, excerpts from some of the 24 Assignments, plus a coupon code for $100 off your enrollment!

Painting Table of Contents

BOOK 1 CHAPTERS 1 - 5

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

BOOK 2 CHAPTERS 6 - 9 + Assignments

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

Assignments: 1 - Rough sketch from a collage • 2 - From rough sketch to finish • 3 - ABC of picture making • 4 - Landscape painting •  5 - Transparent watercolor painting • 6 - Still life painting • 7 - Painting with a limited number of colors • 8 - Painting the nude • 9 - Portrait painting • 10 - Drawing animals • 11 - Paint a combination of landscape and still life • 12 - Various ways of painting landscape • 13 - Still life in a room • 14 - Painting on a free theme

 

Illustration & Design Master Creative Art Course: from the Basics to a Career in Art

This is the Course to select if you’re interested in a career in Art. In this Course you’ll start with the basics and move on to mastery in design and illustration.

In the Foundations Course, we introduce you to the basics that go in to making art: color, composition, texture, mediums, form, observation, and perspective. We discuss and demonstrate the tools for each medium, and show a wide variety of techniques and effects. We lead you through step-by-step demonstrations and teach you how to use color. It provides a comprehensive grounding in the tools, skills, and techniques you need to move on in the mastery of art.

But if you want more than the basics, if you want to seamlessly move on towards mastery in design and illustration, perhaps with the goal of establishing a career with art at its heart, the Illustration & Design Master Creative Art Course is the course for you.

This Master Course will dig deep into the specifics of techniques, as well as encouraging you to explore the depths of your own creativity. You’ll work on figure composition, learn how to create mood, practice line drawing, expand into working on landscapes and interiors. We’ll teach you all about animal drawing, and give you a solid grounding in the special techniques of fashion illustration. You’ll learn about how artists can bring their skills to reportage with on-the-scene freshness and originality. Finally, you’ll explore the principles of design and see how to apply them in a wide variety of contexts.

Once you’ve studied each section, you’ll put all you’ve learned into your own design and illustration creations, and you’ll see your work change and improve as you advance through each assignment. You will be carefully guided by your FAS Instructor, a professional artist. Your Instructor will critique each of your 19 assignments (10 Foundations assignments and 9 Illustration & Design assignments), and his or her critique will be detailed, fair, and to the point—and invaluable for your artistic development.

A two-volume Illustration & Design print textbook is included with your Illustration & Design Master Creative Art Course (in addition to your two-volume Foundations print textbook)—you can keep and refer to these books often, especially if you are away from your Internet connection. The full textbooks are generous in size, 10-3/4” by 13-3/4”, and are presented in flexible ring-bound covers so they lie flat for easy reference.

The ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN MASTER CREATIVE ART COURSE with one-on-one instruction and guidance from professional artists is the only one you’ll find that gives you ALL the tools and techniques you need to become an accomplished graphic artist. This Master Course includes the ten Chapters and Assignments of the Foundations Creative Art Course, including online access Foundations Book 1 (Chapters 1-5), Foundations Book 2 (Chapters 6-10), Illustration & Design Book 1 (Chapters 1-5), and Illustration & Design Book 2 (Chapters 6-9 ) as well as the printed version of Foundations Books 1 and 2 and Illustration & Design Books 1 and 2; supplementary material including special Assignment sheets, mailer and instructions; complete critique and evaluation for each Assignment by your Artist/Instructor. The Illustration & Design Master Creative Art Course is $1,590 (or $1,690 with our convenient installment payment plan).

Enroll in the ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN MASTER CREATIVE ART COURSE.

If you need more information, just click here to sign up for the FREE PREVIEWS. The Preview gives you access to “Samplers” of the Foundations and Illustration & Design segments, including the full introduction and table of contents, typical pages from each lesson, excerpts from some of the 19 Assignments, plus a coupon code for $100 off your enrollment!

Illustration & Design Table of Contents

BOOK 1 CHAPTERS 1 - 5

Chapter 1 – Figure Composition
The figure is a living, changing shape • How the action of the figure expresses its mood • Select the most descriptive pose • A second figure adds complexity and interest • How to make the figure dominate the picture • How our picture borders affect the figure’s action • Controlling the figure’s movement • Sharpening up the picture idea • Composing a crowd scene • My approach to illustration: Bernard Fuchs • Portraiture in illustration

Chapter 2 – Composition and Mood
Communicating messages through symbols • Communicating feeling in a picture • Expressing feeling and mood through value • Visualizing sound • Visualizing scent • Expressing atmosphere by symbols • Putting our feelings into pictures • Rhythm and composition • Selecting the theme • Theme, feeling, and symbolism in pictures • Norman Rockwell: evolution of a picture • Albert Dorne: using a symbol in composition • Tom Allen: importance of feeling and mood • Sharing in the experience • Expressing
feeling • Light, air, and mood • Drawing on location • People and personalities

Chapter 3 – Line Drawing and Tonal Painting
What is line drawing? • Think it out before you begin • Expression in ink • Selecting the right tool • Scratchboard techniques • How I make an illustration in line: Fred Ludekens • Gallery: A variety of approaches to line drawing • Tonal painting • Interpreting tones in the model or photograph • Controlling the edges of tones • The over-all design comes first: Peter Helck • Flexible thinking is valuable • Reportage • Different story – different style • Choosing an appropriate medium • Portraits • Wonderful world of movie posters • Case history of a poster • Magnificent works of Bob Peak

Chapter 4 – Landscapes and Interiors
Make the best of landscapes • Every region has a character and a mood • Make your landscape elements specific • Setting the locale • Time and the elements • The weather in your landscape • Finding the key to arouse interest • Selecting and organizing the view • Interior • The interior and the people who live in it • Constructing the scene • Consider the vantage point • Lighting the interior • How much background to use • You have a choice of views and arrangements • Controlling textures and value • Some devices that create interest

Chapter 5 – Animal Drawing

Animals and art • Human and animal: different yet alike • The first step: comparing basic structures • The second step: comparing proportions • Variety in heads and feet • The horse • Comparing the horse with other animals in motion • How to draw the dog • How to draw the cat • The cow • Getting acquainted with characteristics of various animals • Don’t let hide or hair fool you • The bird • The bird in flight • Things to remember

BOOK 2 CHAPTERS 6 - 9 + Assignments

Chapter 6 – Fashion Illustration
Fashion through the ages • Proportions • Posing the figure • Selecting the right pose • Posing different age groups • Basic fashion folds • The fashion head • Choosing the accessories • The fashion hand and foot • Textures • How to render print fabrics • Children’s and girls’ fashions • Men’s fashion • Proportions • Fit of men’s clothing • Relaxed poses • Casual poses • Heads and hats • Spotlight on Joseph Denaro

Chapter 7 – The World is your Studio
Franklin McMahon: “This is my job” • Preparation makes perfect • Pictures tell the story • Your eyes and hand record the event • Opportunities surround you • Continuing interest in a significant subject • Around the world with Dong Kingman • Tips for outdoor sketching • Observation and recording by Tracy Sugarman • Examples of reportage • Reporting on the Monaco Grand Prix • Sketch images from television

Chapter 8 – Principles of Design
Basic ways to divide space • Using non-geometric shapes • Two- and three-dimensional effects • Basic layout designs • The importance of black • The power of simplification • Your choice of techniques • Collage • Humor in design • Charles Harper: simplifying animals

Chapter 9 – Advertising and Editorial Design
Case history of a design • Reducing a head to a design • Stylizing the figure • The evolution of a magazine cover design • The indirect approach and the direct approach • Translating words into pictures • Controlling basic directions in a design • Symbols and how to design them • Trademarks and corporate symbols • Using type as a major element of design • Advertising designs created with type • Letterheads • Blending words and pictures • Designing a CD jacket

Assignments 1 to 9

 

Cartooning Creative Art Course: Learn from the Legends

COMING SOON! Enter the wonderful world of cartooning with lessons from legendary cartoonists including Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, and Al Capp.

This Course covers the fundamentals of comic drawing plus detailed instruction on creating your own style and stories. With the growing interest in animé and manga, there are numerous opportunities for well-trained cartoonists. This Course will give you the special knowledge you need to succeed in this exciting field.

Partial Table of Contents:
The comic head • The comic figure • Anatomy • Pretty girls • Action and the figure • Special types • Form and perspective • Light and shade • Props and backgrounds • Animals • Kids • Lettering • Specialized lessons created by experts including Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Harry Haenigsen, Willard Mullin, and Gurney Williams