Kimberly Brooks

Oil Painting Fluency and Flow

Learn to see the world in a whole new way through the magic of oil painting.
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Course Offers

  1. 1
    Understand painting architecture and how paintings are layered
  2. 2
    Gain a deep knowledge of the all the materials and avoid relying on solvents
  3. 3
    Learn painting through the lens of contemporary art
  4. 4
    Fill in the gaps of your knowledge with this comprehensive and visually rich lectures

Course Info

Painting is the earliest, most primitive and exalted form of art. When we paint, time stops and we experience the results in an instant. Then, the hours of creative energy become suspended, as if in amber, far beyond our own lifetimes.

While oil painting as a medium offers endless possibilities, it remains the least understood and most inconsistently presented to someone who wants to learn.

Beginners often avoid it because they think it involves harmful solvents (not true). Even the most experienced painters have large gaps in their knowledge leading most to fend for themselves. Most in depth oil painting instruction that even touches techniques are so rooted in tradition that they inadvertently shun the exciting world of contemporary art and the role that it plays in informing technique today.

Using a recorded curriculum and live sessions, you will encounter a vibrant community of peers and events that will enrich your practice

This 10 week painting program is designed to provide participants with a fully fleshed out experiential and intellectual understanding of oil painting through assignments, lectures and a curriculum also devoted to the unique physical characteristics of the mediums materials. In addition to a foundation in oil painting, the course addresses how to paint more freely involved with painting, its history and role in contemporary art.

I. Painting Architecture

While many existing workshops focus on what is known as an "Alla Prima" method (paintings that are made in one sitting) the techniques taught here involves taking advantage of the effects that can be achieved through creating a series of layers.

In Oil Painting Fluency and Flow, students are taught the different constructions involved in painting architecture. Once the foundation of the painting is established and understood by the artist, the artist becomes free to create and articulate their vision without fear.

II. Nature and History of Materials

One of the most daunting aspects of oil painting today is not standing in front of a canvas, but rather in front of the shelves in the oil painting aisle of any art store.

The information about materials is either opaque, scantily taught or riddled with misconceptions including one that involves encouraging artists to use solvents. As painting has evolved over centuries, knowledge of these materials has been built upon, passed down, adapted, and in, some cases, lost.

In Oil Painting Fluency and Flow, the student will learn the history and nature of pigments and how one of the biggest myths in painting, the use of solvents, has been perpetuated. Critically, the student will be empowered with the knowledge of how to maintain a solvent free practice that is best for the painter, painting and the environment, all critical components of consideration.

III. Art History and Contemporary Art

Painting is a language with a rich history where many aesthetics built and informed the other until, around the time of the Salon de refuses in the early twentieth century, there was an important break that led to an effusion of wild new impressionistic, modern and now contemporary art.

As with any language, understanding the visual principles and ideas in the canon of art will only expand the vocabulary of the painter. Deep exposure not just to the classic paintings and painters commonly known, but also to artists painting today will expand the artists sphere of what’s possible for what they can eventually do in their own art should they seek to pursue and develop their own body of work in their own voice.

IV. The Creative Process as it specifically relates to Oil Painting

The creative process is often looked upon as a mystical magical act especially when it comes to painting. There’s this notion that just by standing in front of a blank canvas with a loaded brush will inspire a muse to rush through you. But each stage of the process has its own personality and requires the summoning of a different type of courage.

Participants enrolled in this program will understand what these stages are and will learn to systematically apply them in order to enhance their skill and achieve proficiency and productivity far more inspiring than merely copying photographs. Painting is a wet liquid medium that demands to be listened to as well as spoken. Each assignment takes into mind that some students in the class are beginners and others are advanced and are therefore structured in graduating layers of complexity to accommodate the range of experience.

Your Instructors

  • Kimberly Brooks
    Kimberly Brooks

    Kimberly Brooks

    Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American artist known for her portraits and landscapes in series addressing identity and memory (“Mom’s Friends”, “The Stylist Project”, “I Notice People Disappear”.)

    Her paintings have been exhibited and featured internationally. Brooks speaks about her work, and the science of creativity to museums, TedX, and podcasts including the National Endowment for the Arts.

    As a writer, Brooks founded and regularly contributes to the art blog: First Person Artist. In addition to painting, Brooks conducts workshops online via her acclaimed artist program. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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