OIL PAINTING Fluency & Flow

Eight Weeks. In Session.
Fall Enrollment: Sept 9. Limited Availability.

OIL PAINTING Fluency & Flow

Eight Weeks. In Session.
Fall Enrollment: Sept 9. Limited Availability.

Everything you wanted to know about Painting with Oil

Join artist Kimberly Brooks for a special online program: Oil Painting: Fluency and Flow. In this course, Brooks offers a comprehensive step-by-step curriculum for beginning and intermediate painters to internalize best practices, acquire deep knowledge, optimize their flow so they can work exactly where they are, have a break through and begin building a body of work.

  • Paint Solvent-Free
  • Recorded and Live Weekly Sessions
  • Exclusive Streaming Visits with Contemporary Artists

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A Comprehensive Best Practices Oil Painting Workshop


Includes Studio Set up / Starter Art Materials Review / Non Art Essentials / Safety / Cleaning brushes / Checklists / Live Session 1: New Student Orientation and Introductions


Includes: What is Paint? / History of Pigments: Ancient to Modern / How to read a Paint Tube/ What brands to buy and more. Live Session 2


Includes History of Mediums / Drying Oils / Pre-made Mediums / Make your own medium and more. Live Session 3


Includes Cotton / Linen / Panel / Depth / Proportion / Prefabricated vs Custom / and more. Live Session 4


Includes: Mixing Colors Golden Rules / Lead vs titanium White / Creating Grays / Creating Skin Tone / Palettes: Classical, impressionist, Modern / Creating Shapes/ Creating Patterns and more. Live Session 5


Includes Setting the table / Strategy / Mantras/ Painting Architecture / Toning without solvent / Maquettes and more.  Live Session New Paintings Review


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

8: END

Includes Finalizing/ Documentation / Painting Sides / Varnishing / Storing / and more. Final Live Critique.

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.

Painting is the earliest, most primitive and exalted form of art. When we paint, time stops and then we experience the results in a single instant and the hours of creative energy become suspended, as if in amber, far beyond our own lifetimes.

If there is an artist in you, getting started can be daunting. What supplies do you need? How do you choose a surface? How do you avoid solvents and harmful fumes if you want to paint at home or where you live? How do you begin a painting? What effects do certain types of colors have when they’re mixed? Even after you start, how do layer how do you finish, varnish, document?

I’m going to take you on a deep dive into the materials, principles and processes that will make you a better painter and give you the tools to take it seriously and begin building a body of work.

In this course you, with art history and science as my constant companions, I walk you step-by-step through the foundational components of setting up a solvent free practice and teach you how to induce flow, the holy grail for artists, when time melts away and you are completely engaged with your work.

Your canvas is waiting for you to begin.

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  • 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)


  • Having “talent”
  • Knowing how to draw

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.


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 a ten 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.

How long will I have access to the class?
For at least a year after it begins.  The lessons are revealed weekly beginning July 8th.  The live sessions will accompany the weekly lessons.

What If I don’t have an art studio?
Not to worry.  Because the methods taught do 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.

Is the book Oil Painting Safe Practices: The Essential Guide required?
No. But it would sure be helpful! The materials within the book are taught in the class and the book is a great companion for any oil painter.

Can I be an Affiliate of this course?
Yes! For every person that you refer that signs-up you will be sent a $50 giftcard. In order to become an Affiliate of the course, you must have taken the course.



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., Artist


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., Artist


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., Architect


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., Photographer/Painter


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., Multimedia Artist


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 Golden, Los Angeles