OIL PAINTING Fluency & Flow

Eight Week Comprehensive Program
Spring 2020

OIL PAINTING Fluency & Flow

Eight Weeks Comprehensive Program
Sprint 2020

Oil Painting

  • Comprehensive, Engaging Curriculum
  • International Artists Community
  • Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Solvent-Free, Best Practices
  • 75 Videos + Live Sessions with Kimberly Brooks
  • Exclusive Streaming Visits with Contemporary Artists
  • Limited Availability

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Spring Program begins Feb 11
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A Comprehensive Best Practices Oil Painting Workshop

1: SPACE

Studio Set up / Starter Art Materials Review / Non Art Essentials / Safety / Cleaning brushes / Checklists /New Student Orientation and Introductions and Live Sessions Announcement

2: PAINT

Includes: What is Paint? / History of Pigments: Ancient to Modern / How to read a Paint Tube/ What brands to buy and more.

3: MEDIUMS

Includes History of Mediums / Drying Oils / Pre-made Mediums / Make your own medium and more.

4: SURFACES

Includes Cotton / Linen / Panel / Depth / Proportion / Prefabricated vs Custom / and more.

5: COLOR

Includes: Mixing Colors Golden Rules / Lead vs titanium White / Creating Grays / Creating Skin Tone / Palettes: Classical, impressionist, Modern / Creating Shapes/ Creating Patterns and more.

6: BEGINNING (A PAINTING)

Includes Setting the table / Strategy / Mantras/ Painting Architecture / Toning without solvent / Maquettes and more.

7: MIDDLE

Includes Layering/ Thinking in Three Dimensions / Progress Documentation Technique / Storing mixed paint / Recipe Systems / Light over Dark, Fat over Lean and more.

8: END

Includes Finalizing/ Documentation / Painting Sides / Varnishing / Storing / and more.

Make the Most of Your Oil Painting Practice

Deep Knowledge

Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced
Gain true insight and
depth about oil related materials
through the lens of art history
and chemistry.

Safe & Solvent Free

Discover the original way
oil painters created works of art
without solvents.
Paint anywhere anytime

8 Live Weekly Sessions,
Your Pace

Each module contains
demos & assignments.
Live sessions recorded
for future viewing-
work at your own pace.

Join The Community

The technology is here.
Meet weekly in live group
sessions with artists from
around the world.

Live Studio Visits with
Contemporary Artists

Meet working oil painters and
learn about their creative process
and techniques with live studio visits.

Kimberly Brooks is an exhibiting artist, writer and curator. An award-winning educator, she, and has worked with artists around the country help take their practice to the next level. She is the author of the upcoming Oil Painting Safe Practices Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide, a culmination of over twenty-five years of experience in oil painting.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

PREREQUISITES

  • A desire to expand your world and share something unique
  • Appreciation of nature, humanity
  • Visual curiosity, imagination
  • Determination
  • A table a sink and a wall (easels optional)

NOT A PREREQUISITE

  • Having “talent”
  • Knowing how to draw

TESTIMONIALS

I’ve been painting in oils for 20 years; have an MFA in painting; and am a professor teaching various 2D media–including oil painting. I was taught oil painting in undergraduate and graduate school.

Most of my oil painting education comes through personal experience with oils, oil-based mediums, and related media such as One Shot Enamels. I sought out the program by Kimberly Brooks because it’s the first time I’ve encountered anyone teaching oil painting in a virtually toxin-free way.

As a teacher/mentor, Kimberly is warm, hilarious, incisive, inclusive, and enthusiastic about her material, painting, art history, and the contemporary art world. She has influenced me to reclaim my fearlessness. Learning about the history of paint in immense detail was riveting and eye opening.


Amy S., Michigan

As a mixed media artist I am more familiar with drawing materials and a beginner in the medium of oil paint.

Kimberly’s unique online course has been more impactful to me than any class I’ve taken in person. She makes you feel like you are right at the heart of the art world, in dialogue with both contemporary painters and the ever present old masters. Although her course is rich with technical insights, Kimberly doesn’t deliver this information in isolation of artistic and compositional considerations. Refreshingly she merges both dynamics with the engaging imagery of a storyteller.

It was easy to forget that Kimberly was practically on the opposite side of the world from me. She has a warm personality and makes you feel that you’ve been talking about art together for years. She is filled with an energy and enthusiasm for creativity that is as infectious as her enquiring mind. You’ll also be delighted by her sense of humour and with.


Alison B., Sydney, Australia

Kimberly’s insights into creative approaches make you feel as if you will never run out of ideas to explore. She has shared very practical ways of setting yourself up for success and allowing you to make the most of your creative time.


Josie C., Los Angeles

I have been painting for 20 years and have taught painting at the university level for 11 years. In this program, Kimberly gave an overview of every aspect of the creative process and introduced the materials and practice of painting in a way that has forever changed my approach. Kimberly’s course is accessible for beginners and also challenging for advanced painters. She is a very generous instructor who is invested in her students’ success and I would highly recommend this course.​

My studio is now set up in a way where I have all kinds of options and materials to work with; there is no pressure to execute one perfect painting at a time and I feel much more free to create and explore. Kimberly is an expert who is dedicated to the creative pursuit and when presenting information she does so in a way that is easy to understand and motivates the student to learn more about the topic through experimentation and practice. It also helps that she has a sneaky and excellent sense of humor.​

 


Jerrin W., Utah

This course was a treasure trove of revelations for me. I was most amazed, however that I had never come across Kimberly’s important safety practices in working with oil. Solvents and oil paint don’t go hand in hand, and I can paint safely in my small studio space without dangerous fumes. There is a plethora of bad information lurking on the internet and I’m so glad to have met Kimberly who has shed light on this lost, traditional knowledge.


Anita L., Bali

Taking an intensive oil painting class from Kimberly Brooks radically changed my art practice. Not only did I gain an incredible respect for the act of oil painting, I also developed an intense interest to push myself beyond my limits of knowledge and to embrace all the unique techniques that make oil painting so captivating. Kimberly Brooks has a deep well of oil painting knowledge that she freely shared with me, and our group. With great enthusiasm Brooks encouraged each of us to keep experimenting and paying attention to our results so that we could gain ownership of our preferences, styles and abilities. Each day I grew in confidence and looked for moments of revelation to become part of my advancement in oil painting. Behind humor and spontaneous disciplinary comments, Brooks delivered outstanding tidbits of wisdom that I am forever grateful. I know for certain, that as I progress in my oil painting art practice, I will often be reminded of her gregarious smile, animated comments, vampire stories, and genuine generosity to share her artistic intelligence. Kimberly Brooks impact on my art life is indelible.

Gail M., Chicago

Throughout the course I have regained my desire to grow as a painter. You unlocked some sort of creative block that I wasn’t even aware I had. I would paint but with little regularity, consistency and often times when I would paint it would not be for myself. I was hesitant to touch the canvas because I was allowing myself to be completely overtaken with fear the how I was going to approach the painting. In no way was I asking myself the right questions, like what kind of color palette would I use or how would I compose my images to make them appear as part of a series. After the first couple of paintings you gave me the language to find how I wanted to express myself through painting and reinvigorated my love for it. Now, with my creative block gone, it feels as if paintings are dripping from my fingertips with such a sense of urgency that I can barely keep up!


Brittany W., Santa Monica

Kimberly brooks has inspired me and guided me to where I feel confident as a painter. She is positive, informative and really cares that people improve in her classes. Best art teacher I have ever had.

Anthony H., Los Angeles

Kimberly is a passionate ambassador of art. Full of energy, connects with each and every student, a treasure trove of tips and techniques. She helped me understand just what goes into an oil painting…and the infinite possibilities for where that painting can go. Her critiques are frank, honest and compassionate. I often recommend her class to other beginning and intermediate painters.

Karen C., Los Angeles

Kimberly brooks has inspired me and guided me to where I feel confident as a painter. She is positive, informative and really cares that people improve in her classes. Best art teacher I have ever had.

Karim H., Los Angeles

Kimberly Brooks is both an incredible painter and painting instructor. During each class, I thoroughly enjoy her perspective, stories about her own past, and enthusiastic love of the craft.

She is so generous with her knowledge about the materials. She is able to breakdown the palettes from our favorite historical painters and easily connect the dots to create our own masterpieces.

I also really appreciate her knowledge of other contemporary artists, and the art industry at large. Through her live-streamed studio visits and own experiences, she shares insight on how to stand out in a crowded field. I feel like my knowledge about the contemporary art scene went from 0-60 throughout the course.

What I found most important was her information on safe practices and encouragement to remove toxins from oil painting. Like her, I often felt very sick after painting which made me give it up many times. By following her instructions and recommendations, I no longer use any toxic solvents and I can now spend the time needed to find my flow.

Taking her course is not just a flash-in-the-pan experience. It is joining a network of other artists both locally and globally. It makes you look at your work objectively while having the encouragement of a coach on your sidelines.


Abbey G., Los Angeles

FAQs

Where will the course be taught?
The course is taught online using step by step video tutorials on Teachable, hand outs as well as 8 live sessions and progress review will be held over eight week period, exact dates and times will be determined after the time zones of all the students are assessed. Any missed live sessions will be recorded for future viewing.

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts eight weeks from the start date and runs for eight weeks accompanied by live sessions with the instructor. This eight week program will be offered through Spring 2019 at this price. The course material is available for four weeks after and you can work at your own pace.

What If I don’t have an art studio?
Not to worry. Because the methods taught don’t emit harmful fumes you can set up anywhere. The first assignment is working with you to set up a space where you can paint regularly. All you need is a small table, access to a sink, easel or wall.

How will I know what to buy when I sign up?
Before the course begins, you will be given access to a starter supplies, including non art supply essentials list with links for where to purchase online. After you go through each materials module (Paint, Mediums, Surfaces) that you can make intelligent purchase decisions based on the budget and quality that works best for you.

Is there a reading list?
Different modules/weeks will be highlighting different books from art history, philosophy, fiction and non-fiction. Expanding your knowledge through reading materials when not painting is an integral part of the course and your growth as an artist.

Can I work at my own pace?
The modules will be revealed weekly with straight forward assignments that build on each other after which they stay available.

Who is the audience for this class?
-Intermediate and advanced oil painters who want more in-depth materials knowledge, guiding principles to accelerate their flow and the desire to paint without solvents;
-Artists from other painting media looking to switch to oil;
-Creative professionals who already have a developed aesthetic and want to express it in a new way.
-Scientists and engineers who want to develop the right side of their brain
-Serious Beginners who want the foundations to build their own safe, paint-anywhere practice.

Does the class correlate with the book, Oil Painting Safe Practices: The Essential Guide ?
Yes, although the course covers far more. The book operates as a perfect textbook for the class and is a great companion for any oil painter.

If you would like to learn more about the next workshop, reach out via email or book a phone call.