Online Painting Lessons

Jill's painting in setting

Allow yourself to 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. 

Registration for Jill’s Winter 2024 online painting lessons through the Rowayton Arts Center is now open.

Secure your spot today!

Rowayton Arts Center
Winter Classes – Zoom
Call (203) 866-2744

Cornwall seascape
Interlude, oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

January Thaw (Zoom) – 5 weeks

Thursdays, Jan 4 – February 1
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Landscape painting with a focus on painting water– still water, roaring water, wavy water, crashing water, and reflections. In this demo and instruction online class, students will explore the different ways to capture water in landscapes/seascapes. The class is appropriate for all skill levels and welcomes people who paint in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or gouache.

Beat those Wintertime Blues with Color (Zoom) – 3 weeks

Tuesdays, Jan 2 – Jan 16
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Color’s mysteries are revealed in a playful and explorative approach. 

Cure those Winter Time Blues with Color (Zoom) – 3 weeks

Tuesdays, Feb 13 – Feb 27
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Color’s mysteries are revealed in a playful and explorative approach. 

Mid-Winter Dreams (Zoom)– 5 weeks

Thursdays, Feb 15 – Mar 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Jill in the Clouds – In this demo and instruction online class, students will explore the different ways to capture clouds and influence the mood and feel of skyscapes and landscapes.  The class is appropriate for all skill levels and welcomes people who paint in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or gouache.

One Hour Private lessons

Now you have constructive and supportive feedback at your fingertips. Private lessons are one-on-one with Jill with immediate feedback and constructive next steps

If you are striving for consistent results with your painting take advantage of a one-on-one consultation with Jill at $ 75 per hour.

Online Critiques – Find your creative place while enhancing your painting practice in a group setting. Contact Jill today to get your full benefits of the group critiques.

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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

Italy Painting Workshop September 2024Ready to paint in Italy? Click here

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

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. Paint along with this STEP-BY-STEP color mixing in REAL-TIME video.
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.