Online Class

Flemish Master Painting Techniques


Study the methods of van Eyck and Rubens to create radiant, jewel-like paintings!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Andrew Conklin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Bring depth and realism to your oil paintings with the celebrated techniques of the northern Renaissance masters. Award-winning artist Andrew S. Conklin guides you through every step of this layered painting approach, starting with how to stretch your own canvas. Learn to apply an imprimatura, and then begin to lay in areas of light, half tone and shadow with a traditional earth tone ebauche color palette. Use blending to bring in an extended array of vibrant hues, and further refine form and texture with dry brushing. Discover how to mix and apply transparent and semi-opaque glazes to add glowing dimension to your work, and finish your painting with Andrew’s expert tips on erasing distracting brushstrokes and rejuvenating color.

Lesson Breakdown

1. The Layered Method
Meet Conklin and discover concepts in layered painting. Use a six-value painting system and learn to stretch your own canvas.
2. Translating 2-D Into 3-D
3. Transfer & Imprimatura
4. Ébauche or "Dead Coloring"
5. Second Coloring, Part 1: Lights
6. Second Coloring, Part 2: Shadows
7. The Retouching Layer

Taught by

Andrew Conklin
Andrew Conklin
Andrew S. Conklin's career in oil painting began at the American Academy of Art, where he received his BFA. He's taught at the Graduate School of Figurative Art and Parsons School of Design, and is currently the Studio Leader of the Foundations Departments at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Conklin's work has been exhibited across the US and garnered several major awards; in 2013 he received "Best in Show" at the prestigious annual National Arts Club Members exhibit.
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