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Change the color of your Summer. Enroll in this special online oil painting summer workshop offered by artist Kimberly Brooks. This 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.
This comprehensive painting program is packed with information about creativity, art history, materials science and most of all oil painting paired with live sessions to share works in progress with the group over ten weeks. Since during the summer many cannot attend eight contiguous sessions, the you can attend live sessions over ten weeks. The assignments are logical and step by step instructions on building first a grisaille and then a drapery study with different ways to scumble and glaze using provided images as well as ones where you can use your own. The curriculum is always being added to and enhanced with studio visits and artist spotlights of contemporary artists. Enrollees in this class get access to a private community where they share their work and invitations to exclusive online fireside chats with artists and curators.The live sessions are most Tuesdays at 4:00 PST during the summer.
Contemporary Art Lover
Appreciation of nature, humanity
Visual curiosity, imagination
A table a sink and a wall
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
Where will the courses be taught?
This course is taught online using step by step video tutorials with eight modules and live sessions over ten weeks.
How do the Live Sessions Work?
Live sessions are held on Zoom where you will be with other students and review work. There are eight live sessions per class. In addition, as a part of the course, you will be invited to participate in Fireside Chats with Artists and other Special Guests
How long is the course?
The course occurs over ten weeks during which time you will have access to the curriculum.
What if I want to continue after the ten weeks?
Many painters take the class more than once and can retake the class at a discounted rate. Graduates can also continue in the Advanced Oil Painting Program on a monthly basis where we explore The Portraiture, Landscape, Tableau and Abstraction over the course of a year. Artists who are interested in building a body of work and work on how they communicate their work ot the outside world are encouraged to apply for the the Masterclass.
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. 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?
-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 ?www.oilpaintingessentials.com
Any other questions?
Set up a call with Kimberly here:
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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’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 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
A defining moment of my childhood was reading the classic book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. It taught me how to draw by teaching me how to see. Objects became lines instead of what the mind’s logic was telling me. After reading it I couldn’t stop drawing.
This class is the equivalent for the elusive art of oil painting. I learned to “see” paintings. To see in forms instead of just lines. To see in three dimensions. To see in layers. Most importantly, I began to see my own potential as a painter if I continued the journey. That is something money can rarely buy.
- Anne, H., Los Angeles
Kimberly’s lessons on the architecture of a painting has forever changed the way I work, think about and view works of art. 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.
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” - KB. The lecture on blacks, greys, whites etc were my favorites. I learned so much about the character of paint.
- Laura, P., New York, NY
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.
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