Want to learn how to paint but you have no idea where to start?
Painting is hard, that is no secret. But most teachers are not doing you any favors by ignoring the core fundamentals of painting and teaching you gimmicky techniques.
Painting Academy aims at providing the most comprehensive learning experience for beginner and intermediate painters based on proven fundamentals.
Hi, I'm Dan Scott
The Academy is exactly what I would have wanted when I was learning how to paint many, many years ago.
I had to learn how to paint the hard way. Mostly through lots of guesswork and trial and error. But it shouldn't have been like that.
Looking back, it amazes me to think there was no mention of color theory, brushwork or composition during any art classes. These are some of the core pillars of painting. If you try to learn how to paint without understanding the core pillars, then you will spend a lot of time treading water.
So I want to save you the time and frustration by putting everything I know into the Academy. This is not like your usual "how to" course which teaches gimmicky tactics. This is based on proven fundamentals which have been developed by many masters before us.
You see, I don't want to teach you flash-in-the-pan techniques which you can only use in very specific situations. I want to teach you things which you can learn once and benefit from with every single stroke you make.
So let's get started!
Who Is This For?
Painting Academy is aimed at beginners to intermediates who want to build a strong painting foundation.
Most of the information in the Academy is applicable to all artistic mediums. However, there is some additional information for oil painters, as that is my preferred medium.
Why Learn From Me?
Because I remember exactly what it was like to be a beginner. The problem with most art teachers is they forget what it was like. Things like color, composition, brushwork and other fundamental areas become second nature to them and they tend to assume beginners already know these areas.
I am completely self-taught and I believe anyone can become a master artist without going to some prestigious art school. But to do so you need some direction and hard work. I can help you with the direction, but the hard work is up to you. I have read hundreds of art books, magazines, watched videos and completed many paintings on my own journey. I can pass on what I know, but it is up to you to use the information.
It took me awhile before I was creating paintings like the one below, but I could have saved myself so much time if I just had a bit of direction, or access to information like what I am providing in the Academy.
Here Is What You Will Learn
Module 1 - Getting Started
In the first module, we will address some of the fundamental concepts of painting, such as:
> Why exactly you want to take up painting and what you want to get out of it
> What medium you should go with
> How to identify and solve problems
> What makes a great painting so great
> What simplification is and why it is so important
> How to set up your ideal painting studio (including studio lighting)
Module 2 - Understanding Value
Value (how light or dark something is) is widely considered the most important element in painting. If you are able to paint with accurate values, then most of the hard work is done!
> What value is and why it is the most important element of a color
> How to translate color into value
> How to grayscale your images to see values clearly
> What it means to compress your values
> What notan means and how you can use it to create a strong foundation for your painting
> How to posterize an image to see the underlying notan structure
Module 3 - Basics of Color and Light
Color is one of the most fascinating aspects of painting. If it were not for color, then we may as well just stick to drawing. But it is also arguably the most challenging area to understand. This module will be all about demystifying color.
> What the color theory terms actually mean
> How we actually see color
> The difference between the primary colors of light and the primary colors of our paints
> The color illusions you will encounter (color is not always what it seems)
> The different color wheels and how to use them
> How to use color temperature
> What color saturation means and how you can use it to make your colors really "pop"
Module 4 - Color Mixing, Manipulating, and Harmony
Now that you have a better understanding of what color is, you will delve into the more practical side of color and how you can use it in your paintings.
> What colors you should have on your palette
> How to accurately match colors
> Different ways to lighten or darken a color
> What optical color mixing means and how you can use it to make your paintings "vibrate"
> How to mix vivid colors and why you must understand what color bias means
> How to mix grays and earth-tones
> What the popular color schemes are and why you should not rely on them
> What it means to have color harmony in your painting
Module 5 - Creating Interesting Compositions
Composition is arguably the most important aspect of painting. It is how you bring it all together into what is hopefully a stunning work of art. In this module you will learn some of the fundamentals of composition which you can apply to all your paintings.
> What composition actually is and why it is so important
> What a focal point is and how you can use it to draw people into your painting (rather than away)
> The difference between actual and implied lines
> How to use leading lines to direct people throughout your painting
> How to use the rule of thirds to create balanced paintings and to help position your focal point
> How to use cropping to strengthen your composition and trim the clutter
> How to use framing to emphasize areas of importance
> How to create a sense of unity by linking the elements within your painting
Module 6 - The Painting Process
In the final module, I run you through the general painting process. You will see how I put the theory into practice and how to construct a painting from start to finish. You will learn things like:
> How to start a painting and explore an idea
> How to create an accurate freehand sketch
> How to use brushwork to render different objects
> How to paint efficiently but not recklessly
> How to make everything work together
> How to identify and fix mistakes
> How to paint from a reference photo
I also put together a selection of useful resources to make your painting journey just a bit easier and more enjoyable. It includes:
> Useful websites for aspiring artists
> My favorite master painters
> Glossary of common painting terms
> Other free guides and downloads
Once you sign up to the Academy, you will have immediate access to all the content. This is a one-time-purchase so you will get access to the content for life. You will also have access to any future updates.
I will also send you emails to help guide you through the Academy.
The Academy is self-paced so you can take as much time as you want to finish it.
44 HD videos and 4+ hours of content!
PDF documents, text modules, quizzes, and downloads to explain certain concepts in more detail.
Special emails to help guide you through the Academy.
Enroll For $97USD
What Others Have Been Saying About My Training
"Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge and willing to share
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under in decades." True words."
"I will enjoy taking in the tips and practicing all that you teach.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and at such a reasonable cost. That is really appreciated."
"I loved the ebook so much! As an amateur self-taught artist it's been hard to find information that is in a simple easy to understand format. You have given me what I've been seeking. It was interactive in that you took me on a journey and got me to think about styles and composition. It was visually appealing and I now have a greater understanding of where I've been going wrong and how to fix it. Thanks Dan!"
"I started painting in oils as a hobby after I left high school and sailed deep sea aboard cargo ships. That was 50 years ago, before the invention of satellites and computers. I had a real need to entertain myself!
The old saying is that knowledge is power, and I certainly did not have much knowledge about painting in those early days. I bought book after book about art instruction and still I had a thirst for more knowledge. No one book had what I needed to know about painting successfully.
Thankfully that has all changed with Dan Scott's new Ebook, every novice can 'cut to the chase'. This book is a shortcut to successful painting with its concise text and relevant and instructional illustrations.
My paintings are improving steadily with the help of this new book which I can recommend to novices and experienced artists alike!"
"The New Zealand landscape course is very good. I keep getting back to it for references all the time. Please let me know about any future courses and thanks for putting me on the list for discounts.
Hope to hear from you soon.
I found the e-book absolutely fabulous as it outlines the steps in such easy simple ways to improve ones art.
The pictures are great as the zooming in of them is user friendly and one can get up close enough to actually see the brush strokes.
The 2 things for me which I really took note of was I tend to blend too much and I realise that in doing so I show a lack of confidence in making my mark and the second thing was that I use too many colours for tonal values and when you talked about muddy colours and pop up colours to finish them that really resonated strongly with me.
Obviously all the steps were of equal importance.
Thank you for this book."
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