Online Painting Lessons

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Find your creative place while enhancing your painting practice with Jill’s Online Painting Lessons – participate in live instruction and follow her videos.

Explore your love of painting and take it to the next level. Stay on track and discover the secrets of color, composition, value, edges, and more. Jill interacts directly with students in real time. Accustomed to teaching painting at all levels, Jill has a way of instilling confidence and encouraging students to take risks with remarkable outcomes. 

“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

Work along with Jill and get realtime techniques and feedback in these One-Day Workshops.

Jill will demo different variations of how to achieve certain effects with oil paint. Then students will have the opportunity to use their new found techniques  and receive real-time feedback from Jill. One-Day Workshops are 2 hours long and take place on Zoom. See available offerings below.

Become a member and save – see details below!

Painting Clouds – January 28th. Register today!

Painting Water – February 11th

Painting Abstract – February 25th

If you are striving for consistent results with your painting please be sure to become a subscribing member today – choose the level below that best suits your needs today!

Three different membership levels from which to choose. Each created with you in mind to enhance your painting practice. Yearly subscriptions (cancel at anytime) that will give you access to consistent constructive and supportive feedback. There is a wealth of opportunity for learning with Jill in a supportive group of like-minded artists.

Join today! Click on the level of your choice below.

Once you are registered you will receive your links to upload your work and link/password to join the on-line lessons.

Basic Membership: Perfect for the painter that’s just starting out or has limited time to spend painting. A monthly check-in and lesson to help keep you on track and hone your skills. Are you stuck on the next step in your painting? Not sure of what to do to improve the painting? In this monthly lesson Jill will review your work individually and suggest the steps that you can take to create a most successful painting. This membership also allows unlimited free access to all beginner and starter videos, discounts on private lessons, workshops and premier videos. Currently the group lessons are held on Zoom the first Thursday of the month from 11AM to 12 PM. Once you have completed your registration you will have access to all of the links on your Basic Membership homepage.
$10. per month, Free Trial – 30 days.

Apprentice Membership: For the painter that is committed to painting and looking for an affordable option for more frequent lessons. These twice monthly lessons will help keep you on track and hone your skills. Twice a month you will have the opportunity to have your painting(s) reviewed individually and receive suggestions on ways to make your work most successful. This membership also allows unlimited free access to all beginner and starter videos, discounts on private lessons, workshops and premier videos. Currently the two monthly group lessons are held on Zoom the first and third Thursdays of the month from 11AM to 12 PM. Once you have completed your registration you will have access to all of the links on your Apprentice Membership homepage.
$20. per month – Free Trial – 30 days.

Master Membership: For the committed painter that’s ready to take it up a notch. You will receive a one-on-one live private instruction per month plus the camaraderie of two one-hour group lessons, to have your painting(s) reviewed individually and receive suggestions on ways to make your work most successful. This level also provides free unlimited access to all instruction videos, including premier editions and first option and discounts on all painting lessons and workshops. All for less than the cost of one lesson a month. Limited enrollment. Private lessons will be scheduled at a mutually beneficial time. Currently the two monthly group lessons are held on Zoom the first and third Thursdays of the month from 11AM to 12 PM. Once you have completed your registration you will have access to all of the links on your Master Membership homepage.
$75. Free Trial – 15 days.

All memberships are a one year subscription with a free trial. Cancel at anytime. For more information or questions please be sure to CONTACT JILL.

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 jumpstart the beginner and 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

Beginner Videos : This series of three videos addresses the needs of the very beginner or those in need of a refresher. Topics cover the very basics of painting; including the palette, paints, colors, brush choice and use, solvents and substrates. The exercises can be done in any painting medium and offer a solid foundation to build on as we continue through creating several paintings in subsequent videos. List of materials provided below.

The Palette (click here): Exercise in paint choice, brush choice and use, color-mixing and creating a palette of colors as a reference for future paintings.
Lets’s start at the very beginning…
Color Walk: (click here) 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

Paints:

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

Brushes:

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.

Palette:

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

Easel:

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.