Online Painting Lessons

Painting Lessons with Jill Nichols

Take your painting to the next level and stay on track with Jill’s Online Painting Lessons. Are you stuck on the next step or just starting out? Jill has a way of instilling confidence and encouraging students at any level to take risks. Group critiques and private lessons available. Interact live with Jill in exploring the secrets of color, composition, value, edges, and more.

If you are striving for consistent results with your painting take advantage of one of these affordable and convenient options!

Ala Carte group critiques are $15. and private lessons are $85. for hour session.


Choose from one of three different options for monthly lessons. Yearly subscriptions will give you access to consistent constructive and supportive feedback. Plus your membership gives you bonuses including savings on private lessons, workshops and premier videos. Gain full access to online painting lessons with Jill. Sign up today! No Risk – Free trial and cancel at anytime. Click on the commitment level of your choice below.

Basic Membership: This monthly critique, suitable for any level, is the perfect solution for the painter that has limited time or is just starting out. A monthly check-in and lesson to help keep you on track and hone your skills. Held via Zoom on the First Thursday of the month from 11AM to 12 PM.
Start your registration with the button below for full access to your Basic Membership. $10. per month, Free Trial – 30 days.

Apprentice Membership: These twice monthly group critiques will help keep you on track and hone your skills. Suitable for any level and perfect for the painter ready to commit more time to painting. Critiques are held via Zoom the First and Third Thursdays of the month from 11AM to 12 PM.
Start your registration with the button below for full access to the Apprentice Membership. $20. per month – Free Trial – 30 days.

Master Membership: You will receive a one-on-one live private instruction per month plus two one-hour group critiques via Zoom. For the committed painter that’s ready to take it up a notch. All for less than the cost of one lesson a month. Limited enrollment. Private lessons will be scheduled at a mutually beneficial time. Critiques are held via Zoom the First and Third Thursdays of the month from 11AM to 12 PM.
Start your registration with the button below for full access to your Master Membership. $75. per month. Free Trial – 30 days.

Join the Group Critiques – You will receive thoughtful suggestions on ways to improve your work in realtime. To save you time and guesswork Jill may digitally paint the suggestions. Even if you don’t have a painting to critique you will benefit from the many informative tips that apply to all paintings. Register today to get your full benefits of the group critiques.

At right is the work of student, Nancy C with Jill’s mark-ups and solutions. Nancy’s watercolors have shown marked development in the 8 months that she’s been attending Jill’s critiques. Composition issues that apply to all paintings include; watching the edges, intersections, direction of shapes.

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“Jill is a terrific teacher as well as a wonderful artist. She does not try to find fault with a student’s work.
Rather, she studies it,  evaluates it and gives exactly the right suggestions as to what is needed to bring that work to full potential.”

Helen M

Jill On-location Workshops:

Painting Plein Air in the Garden, Shelton, CT – May 27th, 2021
Rain Date June 3rd

Sign up now to secure your spot for this opportunity to paint in one of the most beautiful gardens in Connecticut. This private location is local to Shelton and will only be revealed to attendees. Workshop limited to 10 people, preference given to those that are fully vaccinated for COVID19. A great way to celebrate the coming of spring and a return to being free to roam. Improve your painting skills amongst the flowers blooming and birds singing. All for only $75.

10:00 am Arrival
10:30 Walking mediation , find your spot in the garden
11:00 Set-up your easel to paint. Paint! Jill will visit each painter
12:00 Lunch under the arbor
3:00 pm Tea Party, relax with a cup of tea while viewing fellow student’s work.

Italy Painting WorkshopReady to travel to Italy & paint? Click here

Two options: September 2021 and July 2022

Jill’s custom made videos. The videos below are available for free access without registration.

Acquire skills and develop your own style with a series of videos intended to offer techniques in painting the landscape and still life.

Studio Landscape: Painting the Italian countryside from plein air studies and photo reference. colors, value, composition and capturing light with hands-on demonstration.

Studio Still Life: This video is Part One of two. In part one we learn how to start a painting. Color and form, capturing light, value are just a few of the things that Jill touches upon.

Plein air (outdoor): Monet’s Water Lilies in Connecticut with a surprise visit from a snapping turtle

The Palette (click here): Jumpstart primer for the beginner. Creating a palette of colors as a reference for future paintings.
Lets’s start at the very beginning…
Color Walk: (click here) Jumpstart primer for the beginner. Emulate nature’s beautiful palette through color mixing from found objects.
Learn how to color mix oil paints -perfect for the beginner or student in need of a refresher.

Quick Tips

Here’s what you will need:

One Stop Shopping for Art Supplies at Dick Blick – Jill has already developed an affordable lists of painting materials for you, including list of paints and selection of brushes – CLICK HERE then go menu on upper left to Educators, Blick U, student then under state popup find Online and scroll down to my name Jill Nichols Art Lessons


Blues: Ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, (or cobalt blue, pthalo)
Yellows: Cadmium yellow pale, cadmium yellow deep, (or cadmium yellow medium, hansa yellows)
Reds: Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red light, (or cadmium red)
Earth Tones: Yellow Ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and Sap green
Large White: Titanium or mixing white

Recommended Paint Brands:
Budget: Daler-Rowney Georgian
Good Quality: Gamblin, Utrecht, Grumbacher
Best Quality with intense pigments: Old Holland, Williamsburg


Think of your brushes as an investment. The best brushes are natural bristles because they will hold up better and are the easiest to clean. I have created a list of budget brushes for those that just want to try painting out, however I strongly encourage the purchase of better brushes for better results with less frustration.


Disposable palette- good for students just starting out, easy cleanup, portable
Wood – sturdy, portable, easy to scrape, easiest for plein air
Glass – best for those with a permanent studio space, good for seeing colors, easy to scrape

Solvent & Oils:

Mineral spirits: Prefer Gamsol because it is the least toxic
Lavender Oil- Chelsea Classical Studio offers a wonderful alternative using natural ingredients that work for a solvent and brush cleaner
Gamsol vegetable solvent- gel in tube, non-toxic, shinny finish, adds a little body, portable, great for plein air
Linseed Oil- tried and true
Walnut Oil – leaves a shinny finish
Stand Oil – Thick and viscous
Clove Oil – Apply over paints on palette to retard drying


An easel will be important for the ease of your painting. Please note that if you are planning on painting en plein air (outdoors) then you will want to purchase a portable easel- I find that the Julian Half box easel works very well. This can also double as a studio easel and is easy to set up and stow away if you have limited space. There are also table top easels if you prefer to sit at a table. Visit Jill’s list for details-follow link above.

Other Necessities:

Palette knife (2), rags/paper towels, garbage bag for used towels, canvas or gessoed board, primed paper, clean jars for solvent

NOTE: All demos will be done with oil paints. You may opt to use acrylics replacing water for solvent and gel for a medium. Watercolors require different techniques than oils (and Acrylics). Please check back again for Jill’s watercolor videos.

Need a little more direction without obligation? Consider using one of Jill’s step by step paint kits that use a ghosted image of either her Lighthouse or Poppy painting. Click here to order one of Jill’s Learn how to Paint Kits.

See you soon!!

Online Classes developed with the assistance of a Connecticut Department of the Arts Grant.Not ready for a monthly commitment?