As Featured in the NewYork Review of Books
The difference between 99% of artists who stay students forever and artists who exhibit their work is their approach, commitment as evidenced by their ability to build a body of work.
This six month master class incorporates studio visits and regular live sessions to guide artists and conducts reviews and exercises with Kimberly Brooks and other guest art professionals in a group setting.
This group includes artist from many different media. We focus on honing your vision for creating and articulating the work in a group setting. Artists share there works in progress, artist statements, websites and media articulating their work. If you are new to the group, you must submit an application in the form below. If you have already been invited, go ahead and enroll right away. In addition to the accompanying curriculum, we meet regularly according to a schedule, geared towards developing your personal expression to the fullest within a group of eighteen works of art.
Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary artist who exhibits internationally and you can view her work on her website here kimberlybrooks.com. Also an award-winning educator, she has worked with artists around the country to help take their practice to the next level. She is the author of the upcoming The New Oil Painting: Your Essential Guide to a Solvent Free Practice, a culmination of over twenty-five years of experience in oil painting. She has a passion for mentoring painters, help transform their practice to solvent free, in addition to guiding them towards building a body work.
JOIN A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS
If you're interested in taking your art to the next level and want to work with a group of dedicated artists with the same goal from around the world, this class could be just right for you.
If you would like to know more you can set up a call with me.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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ENROLL BUTTON BELOW FOR ALREADY ACCEPTED ARTISTS
This program exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I loved that the lectures incorporated subjects beyond the kind of tutorials one can easily find on YouTube. Brooks talks about imposter syndrome, the creative process, how to be an artist, spontaneity vs. planning, etc.--all crucial topics. The lectures also covered how to make a painting from start to finish, something that is hard to find elsewhere. Last year, when I was trying to teach myself how to oil paint, it was frustrating that I had to cobble the information together from so many sources (various YouTube videos and library books that could be contradictory or would assume some level of knowledge) - but this course is everything all in one place. I also loved how the lectures incorporated the instructor’s and other artists' work, sometimes exposing me to artists I had never seen before. Besides the lectures, the weekly live critique sessions were really beyond my expectations. I felt a real sense of community and sharing and a connection to the "real" art world which included videos shared of exhibitions, fairs, and studio visits. It was quite amazing to have all of that available and to be able to chat with fellow artists, some of whom are exhibiting ("real") artists.
-Kara C. Olympia, WA
I am returning to painting after several years of absence and I found this class to be the perfect way to jump back into the craft. Kimberly is a highly accomplished instructor and each of her lectures were engaging and full of useful information. I also appreciated the clarity and pacing of assignments and the enthusiasm of the students. There is so much more to be gained through this wonderful class that I have decided to continue at the advanced level.
- Samuelle R., Sculptor, Los Angeles
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 humor.
- 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
Taking this Masterclass has radically changed my art practice. Not only did I for the first time produce an entire body of work, I also developed an intense relationship with how it is communicated within the context of the larger art world. 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. Behind humor and spontaneous disciplinary comments, Brooks delivered outstanding tidbits of wisdom that I am forever grateful. Kimberly Brooks impact on my art life is indelible.
- Gail M., Chicago
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 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
I have been painting 8-10 years and from this class I have learned so much practical information that I can actually use. My experience of NYC art schools is really that you are on your own to figure things out. The ideas about creativity have opened the floodgates. I now rely less on copying my source material and more on working out larger paintings with smaller maquettes. Also, working on several paintings at the same time is crucial to allowing one’s creativity to flow. “The more you have going on the more you will learn about the civilization that exists within you”
- Laura, P., New York, NY