Oil painting is arguably the most glorious of all mediums, yet often remains the least understood. Taught by artist Kimberly Brooks, this unique program unfolds weekly and you can work at your own pace. Through a combined robust recorded curriculum and optional live presentations, you have the opportunity to engage with artists from around the world. For beginners and experienced artists. Offered for a limited time.

As Featured in the The New York Review of Books

My Journey

I have been painting for over thirty years and never tire from the thrill and challenges it offers. I've also learned that oil as a medium, as it turns out, is profoundly elegant and natural and yet so often misunderstood. I believe that when painters gain a deep knowledge of foundational methods and materials (and why for example solvents aren't necessary), along with having consciousness of historical and contemporary art - it can set an artist free.

As a working artist, it is my privilege to also work with other artists to help them grow and build their practice. I open this class a couple times a year.

Best Practices, Materials

Art History
Artist Studio Visits

Fall Class Open for Enrollment


Oil Painting Fluency & Flow

Monthly Painting Program to Build Your Knowledge and Practice

  • A recorded, art-filled recorded curriculum;
  • Walks you through all the major elements of oil painting including: layering; toning; the nature of materials; creative process - tightness vs looseness and more;
  • Solvent free methods so you can set up and work anywhere, i.e: no studio or ventilation necessary;
  • Art History and Contemporary Art-Focused;
  • Optional Assignments and live sessions and presentations;
  • Work at your own pace;
  • Join a private artist community and meet artists from around the world.
This is a subscription product billed on a monthly basis until you cancel. Cancel anytime from the account management page.


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. I also loved how the lectures incorporated the instructor’s and other artists' work, sometimes exposing me to artists I had never seen before. 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.

-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

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

The New Oil Painting

by Kimberly Brooks

It’s strange, since so many thousands of people enjoy (and are obsessed by) painting, that there is such a lack of good guidebooks. There are some amazing doorstops that are nearly impossible to use, like Ralph Mayer’s The Artist’s Handbook or Leslie Carlyle’s Artist’s Assistant, and there are dozens of colorful how-to manuals that offer limited information. Kimberly Brooks’s The New Oil Painting is unique in the field: it’s comprehensive, up to date, and friendly–exactly what painters need to have by their side.

James Elkins, Professor of Art Theory, Criticism Painting The School of Art Institute of Chicago Author, What Painting Is


What is the price?

This is a monthly class for $297 and the entire curriculum just for oil painting spans 12 weeks but you can start and stop as long as it's offered and work at your own pace.

How is this course taught?

This program offers a robust recorded curriculum with lectures and demonstrations along with optional live sessions. A thoughtful sequential curriculum gets released weekly so that you can truly absorb the right information at the right time. There are three assignments over the period that build on each other if you choose to participate. Students work at their own pace, at their own level.

Is it for beginners or experienced artists?

This class is both for beginners and experienced artists looking to rid their practice of exposure to toxins and expand and backfill their knowledge.

How do the Live Sessions Work?

Live sessions are optional for people who want feedback on their work on Zoom 3x/month.

What if I don’t have an art studio?

Solvent free painting means you don't need one.

Further questions?

If you would like to set up a call with the Kimberly to this program further, you can do so here: www.kimberlybrooks.com/phonecall

What if I'm unhappy with this course?

I would never want you to be unhappy. If you change your mind within seven days of enrollment, you can have a full refund.


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 teaches 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 and her work at www.kimberlybrooks.com or instagram @kimberlybrooksartist.

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