Painting Courses

Robert strongly encourages his students to begin with the fundamentals, and he knows and understands that most students want to immediately sit down, pick up a brush and somehow be able to create a painting with solid value and color. That path leads to more disappointment and aggravation for the student. 

After a student learns to draw confidently and understand the importance of value, Robert encourages students to start with simply learning the basics of oil painting while just using black and white paint. When introducing yourself to painting, you will have greater success and satisfaction in learning the new medium when you are not dealing with the complexity of color theory.

With confidence in the handling of materials in oil painting, a student will then move onto color theory. This is a very important area of study and needs to be thoughtfully, carefully and diligently approached over many weeks. Robert instructs students in color theory using the six primary color system, a warm and cool red, blue and yellow.

With a solid understanding of material handling and color, students will move on to creating more and more challenging paintings. 

Robert creates his paintings using the indirect method, creating paintings with multiple thin layers of paint. This method allows artists to establish solid values and gives them the ability to create a great deal of fine detail. Robert creates his paintings in three layers: the tonal layer to establish good value, the underpainting layer where color is introduced in a thin semiopaque layer and the final overpainting layer, where the magic happens.

For more about this process, read Robert’s painting approach.


Painting courses that Robert is currently creating and will be offering as soon as they become available. 


  • Introduction to oil painting, 8-10 week course 
  • The best way to start in oil painting is to not start with color, start with just black and white paint. Students will be introduced to the oil painting materials and through painting simple still-life subjects build confidence in the handling of the paints.
  • Color theory 1, 8-10 weeks
  • Using the six color theory model, students will learn about primary colors and how and why they make secondary colors. Students will be introduced to complementary color mixing and how it is used to desaturate and change colors.
  • Color theory 2, 8 weeks
  • This course focuses solely on our red and green colors and all of the different colors we can get from them. After a simple mixing lesson documenting the array of colors that can be mixed, students will paint a still life that has red and green subjects.
  • Color theory 3, 8 weeks
  • This course focuses solely on our blue and orange colors and all of the different colors we can get from them. After a simple mixing lesson documenting the array of colors that can be mixed, students will paint a still life that has blue and orange subjects.
  • Color theory 4, 8 weeks
  • This course focuses solely on our yellow and purple colors and all of the different colors we can get from them. After a simple mixing lesson documenting the array of colors that can be mixed, students will paint a still life that has yellow and purple subjects.
  • Painting 1, 8-10 weeks
  • Combining our knowledge of color and confidence with our materials, students will continue to practice painting and begin creating different textures.
  • Paint/technique courses, 3-hour course
  • The sole purpose of these courses is to focus on one subject or texture and how to create them with oil paint. These are great practice sessions, and the subjects range in different levels of difficulty from course to course.