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Painting is a Great Hobby whether You Are Young or Old

January 11th, 2010 · Uncategorized

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Young, old or in-between, I can’t imagine a better hobby to have than drawing and painting. Children absolutely love drawing and painting – and the best thing to do is give them large, blank sheets of paper to be creative with. Also provide crayons, pencils, colorful markers and if you can handle the mess, give them some watercolors or tempera paint to experiment with. If you want to develop creativity in a child, the worst thing you can do is use coloring books. Any artist will tell you that coloring “within the lines” is the opposite of creativity. “Real” creativity means you don’t just copy other people’s work – you try to break the rules and try new things in order to develop and grow. Let kids push the limits of their art by allowing them to create freely.

Now, let me tell you a cool story about someone who is young at heart and likes to paint. This is a story about my mom. She’s 88 years young and only started to love painting later in life. She has had an interesting life, but her earlier years were not focused on creating her own artwork.

She worked as a scientist after studying bacteriology and microbiology. At the time she got married she was managing a laboratory at a pharmaceutical company where they were working on developing vaccines. After she had three children, she took a break from that job in order to raise me and my two brothers. The cool thing is that she let us be creative, as she provided lots of arts and crafts activities. She encouraged us, she and Dad enrolled us in art classes. I never realized how much she helped us establish our artistic abilities until I was grown. Now, 2 out of her 3 children make their living in some form of the arts.

She was always interested in art, though. After being a full-time mom and then going back to work - she later made a career change (she got into teaching and became a reading specialist). Still, her involvement in the arts was only as an admirer of beauty and creative things. That all changed when she was in her seventies.

Somehow Mom got involved with some people who went to watercolor painting classes. She started attending lessons and found that she really liked painting. She got pretty good and started entering her work in art shows. Now she is in her late 80s and is still painting and entering shows. She wins ribbons, too! I can’t express to you how proud of her I am.

This story is just to let you know that painting is a hobby that you can start at any age. You don’t even have to be great at drawing to enjoy it. But, I bet if you get started at it, your drawing skills will improve, too. You can be a research scientist, a homemaker, a plumber, an accountant, a teacher, a corporate executive – it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you have or have not studied in the past. The best time to start to learn how to paint (or to continue learning) is right now. So, if you think you are too old or too young (or too busy being some age in between) – think again!

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Painting Lessons – Learn and Master Painting

August 10th, 2009 · Oil Painting Lessons, Painting Lessons on DVD

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Learn to Paint with Video DVD Lessons

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Now you can learn oil painting! Whether you are interested for yourself or are considering giving painting lessons as a birthday or holiday gift, Legacy Learning Systems, an award-winning company,  has been in the business of helping people achieve their creative dreams for a long time. Their lastest video course – Learn and Master Painting has just been released and I am so please to say - finally, a painting lesson course on DVD for anyone and everyone!  This is a serious training program of very good painting instruction - but don’t worry, it’s not rocket science – it’s art, and art is fun! The folks at Legacy Learning are just seriously wanting you to learn how to paint!

These are even better than TV oil painting lessons. What I love about painting lessons on DVDs is the ability to pause and rewind and watch on your TV or on a computer. Of course, there are other painting courses on DVD, but they are often painting workshops for more advanced students. For beginners who want to learn to paint in oils or acrylics, there are not many DVD courses that start with the basics. And even those with some experience will find much to learn from this course.

I know from personal experience (after taking many painting classes from the time I was a teenager and later in college) that having a good teacher makes all the difference. I also know that private or group lessons are costly! There is no better value for what you’ll be taught with the Learn and Master Painting DVDs. You’ll be studying with the artist  Gayle Levée, who will teach and inspire you with easy to follow step-by-step lessons.

They really have thought of everything – you will be able to start painting right away with this exceptional course because it includes an optional starter kit of art supplies. These supplies include oil paints and painting medium, brushes and a palette knife – all quality materials recommended by serious painters.  If you buy the art supply kit with the course, you’ll get it at a discount.

This isn’t just “technical training” – it will cover the basics for beginners, but for those who are not beginners, there is much that this will help you with. You may need a refresher course or just something to get you inspired so you will paint more often – this in-depth course will do that, too. Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Color Theory
  • Controlling Color Intensity and Understanding Color Combinations
  • Understanding Composition
  • Understanding Perspective
  • Using Photographic Reference
  • Varnishing Your Paintings
  • Painting a gradation
  • Setting up a still life
  • Methods for locating and placing a focal point on your canvas
  • The brown underpainting
  • Creating a grayscale, value charts, and value relativity
  • Color temperature
  • Pathways through a painting
  • Painting gestures in humans and animals
  • How to plan an original painting
  • How to get connected to an art community near you
  • More, more and more!

The set of 20 DVDs with everything you need learn have hours and hours of lessons which are taught in detail and in a fashion that is easy to understand. But you’ll also recieve a lesson book with more visuals and information about each of the projects you will be learning while watching the DVDs.

To help you calm down and focus on your artwork, there are 3 music CDs. You can create a playlist with the choices of classical, orchestral or modern music on these disks.

As with all the Learn and Master courses, there is a community online that you can get connect with others students and even get support directly from your teacher Gayle!

One more thing I want to remind you about. If you are not fully satisfied with this course (for any reason), simply return it within sixty days for a full refund. That is truly an offer that is hard to refuse!

Here is a page I put together with details about the pricing for the lessons and the painting supplies kit.

What are you still doing here? You need to go here to see this video about Learn and Master Painting!

Interested in the Homeschool Edition? The entire course PLUS a 56 page teacher’s guide is included for teachers to have a lesson plan to guide the students through the course. (Contains 20 DVDs, 3 Music CDs, 100+ Page Lesson Book, 56 Page Teacher’s Guide and unlimited access to Student Support Site.) See Learn and Master Painting Homeschool Course.

If you want to read more, I wrote a post to compare the benefits of oil painting DVDs vs. online tutorials.


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Watercolor Paintings and a Painting Community

November 17th, 2009 · Uncategorized

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I just created a short slideshow of some of my watercolor paintings. I also created a community where we can network and share information about painting lessons, art supplies and other resources with others – plus anyone can make their own photo album and then it can be shared. That is how I added this slidewhow. Ning made it so easy for me to add this to this page, I can’t wait to make another one!

So, if you want to join a new community about painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, any kind!) come and join me at Painting Lessons at Ning. Add your artwork too!

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Homeschool Painting Lessons – Learn Oil Painting

November 16th, 2009 · Homeschool Painting Lessons

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This is a great course and now you can buy an version that has been designed for a homeschool curriculum. The 56 page teacher’s guide that comes with the homeschool student edition of Learn and Master Painting Homeschool Edition will help anyone (even if you are not an artist or a painter) to guide students through a 2-year course on learning to oil paint.


  • 20 DVDs
  • 3 Music CDs
  • 100+ Page Lesson Book
  • 56-Page Teacher’s Guide

Your students (and you as a teacher can follow along) will learn –  in depth – basic concepts about art and painting in a comprehensive course designed to get you to know how to paint with oils. More information is in this article: Painting Lessons – Learn and Master Painting. Everything you read about this course is also included in the teacher/student edition and the teacher’s guide book makes it ready for homeschool.

Details about the prices: Pricing Information

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