Welcome to my Online Courses

What is an online instructional course? It is a course or program that I have created covering drawing and oil painting techniques and materials. They will range from fundamentals in drawing and oil painting to color theory and eventually project-based courses that focus on a particular subject, like a bird or lion, or the creation of certain textures, like grass or wrinkles on an elephant. Each of my courses and programs is designed for you to work along with me in my fully narrated and easily manageable lessons in various courses. And because the instruction is in a video format, you can stop or rewind my instruction at any time; the video will also pick up from where you left off.

As of October 2021, I have just started to launch a few of my new courses, and I am currently working on my Drawing Fundamentals and Intro to Oil Painting programs and will launch these as soon as I have them created. These programs will be made up of several courses, walking you through the very basics of drawing and oil painting materials and techniques and finishing with a final project-based course that brings all of the instruction together.

Please sign up for my instructional mailing list to be notified when these programs and other courses are launched.

All courses are created from recorded video segments and hosted in the curriculum section of your purchased course. Additional handouts and reference materials are also provided in the curriculum for the appropriate lessons.

Your purchased course will be listed in your RL Caldwell Studio account under the My Online Courses section. 

Sketch/Draw Courses

These courses are a great starting point for a new artist or for the artist who simply wants to practice rendering three-dimensional forms onto a two-dimensional surface. These courses are skill over subject focused. It is Robert’s intention to help you see as an artist, to see points in space, line, shape, and then form.

Drawing Courses

Robert strongly believes that the ability to draw is essential to become a skillful and confident artist. It’s not only the ability to render a three-dimensional subject onto a two-dimensional surface but, more importantly, understanding and having the ability to create value.

Oil Painting Courses

The oil painting courses focus on materials handling, color theory, technique, and textures through the indirect painting method. This method allows you to create a painting through several thin layers of paint, producing strong values and the ability to capture fine details.

Design/Composition Courses

Robert sincerely believes that this is the most important aspect of becoming a confident and successful artist. It starts with that blank rectangle of paper or canvas, the space that you must arrange line, shape, form, value, and color within. That space dictates how we arrange these elements to create a pleasing visual arrangement that is in harmony.


Acrylic painting of a plate of cherries, testimonial from student, Marie Lynch of RL Caldwell Studio
"I have no doubts about Robert's caliber of knowledge..."

After receiving art instruction from two different instructors in two mediums (oils and watercolors) I enrolled in Robert's painting/acrylics class 10 years ago and I remain hooked! I have no doubts about Robert's caliber of knowledge in his profession. He is constantly broadening his students' art goals, all the while exhibiting his patient manner and professionalism.

Robert's latest endeavor - online classes - offers a great way to experience art instruction at my convenience, all the while in a safe environment.

Marie Lynch

Paints in acrylics and a students since 2010.

Graphite drawing of a young girl, testimonial from student, Susan Westfall of RL Caldwell Studio
"...his instruction is precise with genuine enthusiasm and encouragement..."

In 2019, I was drawn to Robert Caldwell's art classes by his work. I remember thinking, “ what do you mean this is not a photograph, it's a painting! Robert listened to my goals and then helped me to develop the foundation to achieve them. He is respected in the art world as a living master as well as by his students. There is no false praise in his studio, his instruction is precise with genuine enthusiasm and encouragement to help you grow to your next level. I am proud of the work I do with Robert Caldwell and grateful for his guidance. 

-Susan Westfall

Works with graphite pencil and has been a student since January 2019.

Acrylic Painting of picnic, testimonial from student, Terry Harver of RL Caldwell Studio
"His love of Art is so apparent and genuine..... he demonstrates this throughout every class."

I joined Robert’s class about 2 years ago because he had come so highly recommended by other artists and my printer. Painting, drawing, and creativity have always been a fun part of my life and after retiring decided to get more serious about it. He has taught me so much about composition and perspective. Has made me see so much clearer, the possibilities of my ideas. Helps me with all aspects of my art. With the pandemic upon us, Robert has gone to virtual classes. Getting on board was quite easy with Zoom. And Robert continues to give equal time to each student. His love of Art is so apparent and genuine..... he demonstrates this throughout every class. I have become friends with other students and learn so much from them as well. It is a wonderful and rewarding time to paint with such an awesome teacher and fellow artists. 


-Terry Harver

Painting in acrylic and has been a student since January 2019.

I am honored to have so many very talented and dedicated artists learning with me every week in the mentoring studios, personal coaching, online courses, and workshops. I sincerely believe that I learn as much from my students as they do from me, and I am so very humbled by the kind words that they have written here. I have the best students!

To read more about what my students have to say about me, my instruction, and my passion for art visit the Testimonials page.