As Featured in the NewYork Review of Books
Welcome to the class I specifically designed for beginners who just want to learn the basics of painting.
Held over one month, we will focus on basic studio set up, a cursory dissection of the different characteristics of paint, mediums and surfaces, safe practices for oil, color mixing, how to layer a painting, and thinking in three dimensions. Originally created for oil painters, most of the concepts also apply to acrylics. Weekly live sessions via Zoom.
You can choose or create a still life of your own or copy your favorite album cover. During the class, you will also get access to a community of all the other students.
Appreciation of nature, humanity
Visual curiosity, imagination
A table a sink and a wall
Knowing how to draw
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.
How long is the course?
The course runs for four weeks accompanied by weekly live sessions. 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.
Can I use acrylics instead of Oils?
How will i know what to buy when I sign up?
Before the course begins, you will be given a checklist as soon as you enroll for all the essentials list with links for where to purchase online.
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?
-Anyone who wants to paint at home or anywhere, especially beginners
-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:
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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. She is the author of The New Oil Painting (Chronicle Books). Her work has been featured in numerous publications ranging from The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Modern Painters, and New American Paintings and many more. Brooks taught workshops at other institutions including The Anderson Ranch Art Center, and the Otis School of Art and Design. She is the founder and host of FirstPersonArtist.com .You can learn more about her work at www.kimberlybrooks.com.