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This ten week program weaves together art history, contemporary art, the science of art materials, best practices, live sessions and a community of artists from around the world.
For oil painters wishing to paint solvent free, a checklist of items needed is included below.
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Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary artist who exhibits internationally. Brooks founded the Arts Section of the Huffington Post and worked with hundreds of artists to bring their work and voices online. She is the author of the upcoming book The New Oil Painting (Chronicle Books). Her work has been featured in numerous publications ranging from The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Modern Painters, The National Endowment for the Arts, and New American Paintings and many more. An award-winning educator, Brooks teaches at prestigious institutions around the country including Otis College of Art and Design and The Anderson Ranch Art Center, Kipaipai and others. You can learn more about her work and view her bibliography here on her website. www.kimberlybrooks.com
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What took me by surprise, once I got a few of Kimberly’s tools under my belt, was that I became consumed with a gnawing, persistent, and constant desire to paint. “I really think of painting as the remedy for living,” she told me once, and this now feels true.
It is not enough to say that Kimberly’s course merely obliterated my writer’s block – it did that. It also gave me a thrilling new space for my energies – an infinite landscape of new ways to express myself and appreciate the world.
(Warning: after this course, the entire visual universe breaks down into lights and darks and mediums and finishes, and you may retro-engineer every sunset for the rest of your life.)
- Cintra Wilson, Author, Culture Critic
Where will this program be taught?
This program is conducted online using step by step video tutorials with live sessions over ten weeks.
How do the Live Sessions Work?
Live sessions are held on Zoom where you will be with a group other students and the instructor will give feedback on your work.
How does the community work?
When you join, you will be invited into a community platform which comes with the class and that is where you can meet with and connect with other artists. You will see artists posting their work and people commenting on it. In addition, members of the community get invited to Fireside Chats with known artists, curators and other special guests. As a professional artist herself and also having founded the Arts Section of the Huffington Post many years ago, Kimberly Brooks is at the heart of the art world and is keen to bring you into the conversations happening at that level.
How long is the course?
The course occurs over ten weeks unless you subscribe to the monthly version. It really depends on if you want to have the curriculum longer and take more than eight weeks. Many people take the class multiple times because there is so much information. There are numerous lectures with a deep focus on certain subjects in art history, contemporary art so unlike most online painting programs, it is not simply about technique. Assignments are foundational, successive and with graduating layers of complexity involving glazing and layering. There are many components related to the creative process itself which can be applied to many different arts.
What if I'm not a beginner?
There are both beginners in this class as well as experienced painters, even art professors take this class in particular because of its emphasis on materials science as it relates to oil painting and teaching others how to paint without solvents. When it comes to oil painting, the aspect of the chemistry of mediums and pigments and best practices is largely glossed over and not addressed and this is what has made the class so popular.
What If I don’t have an art studio?
Solvent free painting means you don't need one. 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 materials I need?
The checklist below offers links and products recommendations to all the essentials you would need for the class.
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes. The modules will be revealed weekly and you can binge watch them or watch a few everyday. Each layer of a painting takes at least a day or two to dry, so you can start many at once and have pauses in between. Sometimes people follow along with the class exactly, other times people exert themselves in bursts.
Who is the audience for this class?
-Anyone who wants to paint at home in a studio or anywhere
-Artists from other media looking to switch to oil, solvent free.
-Writers, Scientists, Nurses, Doctors, Moms, Dads, Teenagers, Music Lovers, Humans, Everyone.
What if I'm unhappy with this course?
I would never want you to be unhappy. If you let me know within seven days of enrollment, you can have a full refund.
Where can I get the book Oil Painting Safe Practices: The Essential Guide?
Any other questions?
Set up a call with Kimberly here:
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 knew that I was signing up to learn oil painting technique, but really had no idea I would be getting so much more. Besides being a phenomenal artist, Kimberly knows how to teach! She is a warm, funny, and gregarious person who draws you in and makes you feel welcome. She has created an environment that encourages students to be so supportive of one another. I really value her critiques, suggestions, and insider tips. She has a seemingly endless supply of examples of contemporary and traditional artists in her head to draw upon at a moment's notice. The course material is presented logically and thoroughly, and is peppered with videos, studio visits, and images that lend interest and context to the lectures. The assignments are interesting and challenging. I feel so lucky to have found this course.
- Carrie Markley., Sculptor
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
Most importantly I learned that on-line education works for painting. I was skeptical after taking years of in-person classes, and I was happy to discover that it truly works (and one could argue better than in-person for various reasons I don't have the time to itemize). Especially during the CV19 pandemic, taking this course was a blessing for me and my practice. I am an intermediate level painter. I have been focused on painting for the last 3 years. This sprung forth from a 30 plus year hiatus following a dozen years of sporadically painting in my youth.
- Eric S. Artist, Former CEO
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 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