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OIL PAINTING: Fluency, Flow

THIS SPRING 8 Weeks: Comprehensive Oil Painting Program

This is a comprehensive class for Oil Painters will give you a deeper understanding of every facet of oil painting. The class is designed into eight discreet modules that explore each topic in depth with engaging videos and assignments in addition to live sessions with the instructor and the students.

Going beyond best and safest solvent free practices and techniques, the course teaches you how to think and consider painting though the lens of contemporary art. In addition to live weekly recaps and critiques, you will meet and talk to real world working artists in their studios, at their exhibitions and get a window on how artists approach their work and lives as artists.

If you have questions about the class, schedule a phone call with the instructor today by clicking on this link:

Course opens for enrollment January 28 and starts February 10th. To get notified put your name on the waitlist.

Course Curriculum



 

 

PREREQUISITES

Contemporary Art Lover
Appreciation of nature, humanity
Visual curiosity, imagination
Determination
A table a sink and a wall

NOT A PREREQUISITE

Having “talent”
Knowing how to draw

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

See full Testimonial here


 

\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 weekly live online sessions, exact dates and times will be determined after the time zones of all the students are assessed. Any missed live sessions are 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. The live sessions are private for each class and are available as long as the course is available.

What If I don’t have an art studio?
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 and essays 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. It's not mandatory, just enriching.


Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. The modules will be revealed weekly with straight forward assignments that build on each other after which they stay available. Sometimes people follow along with the class exactly, other times people exert themselves in bursts. You can watch the lectures on your computer or your phone so finding the time to access the information is never a problem.

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

-Lovers of contemporary art who want to a better understanding about oil paint and how contemporary paintings come into being.

-Serious beginners who want the foundations to build their own safe, paint-anywhere practice.

-Artists from other media looking to switch to oil;

-Writers and creative professionals who want to further develop the right side of their brain

Where can I get the book Oil Painting Safe Practices: The Essential Guide ?

www.oilpaintingessentials.com

Any other questions?

Set up a call with Kimberly here:

www.kimberlybrooks.com/phonecall

 

JOIN A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS


 

 

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

Your Instructor


Kimberly Brooks
Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly Brooks is a Contemporary American Artist. 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 Oil Painting Safe Practices Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide, a culmination of over twenty-five years of experience in oil painting. She has a passion for mentoring younger painters, help transform their practice to solvent free, in addition to guiding them towards building a body work. She exhibits internationally. www.kimberlybrooks.com


This course is not open for enrollment.