How do the classes work?
We offer two types of online classes–Full Access and On Demand. The class content is delivered by written lecture, images and video on a dedicated platform accessible only by class participants.
Full Access classes include the course content and videos and also includes a class forum where students interact and get one on one feedback from the instructor. Students post their work for comment and critique throughout the class. The instructor responds to questions and work posted for comment and critique on a daily basis.There are no set times for the class to meet. There are 2 to 3 Zoom meetings per class (usually scheduled at 11:00 Am CST on Saturdays). Zoom meeting are recorded and available to view/download later. Students have continuing (evergreen) access to all course content, including videos.
On Demand Classes are self study online programs. They include the same content (written, images, videos) as the Full Access classes but no class forum, instructor feedback or live Zoom meetings. Students have continuing (evergreen) access to all course content, including videos. On Demand classes may be upgraded to Full Access for scheduled on demand classes.
Are the online classes just for oil painters?
Our foundational classes on drawing, values, and composition would be appropriate for an artist working in any medium. Other classes involve techniques in oil painting and all demonstrations are in oil. Our art history classes are appropriate for artists working in any medium.
Are the online classes appropriate for beginners?
Our foundational classes in drawing and values would be appropriate for beginners. Our other foundational and intermediate classes require some basic understanding about oil paint and how to apply it, so would be best for those with at least a year or two experience working in oil. Our more advanced classes are best for artists with at least two years’ experience working in oil.
What materials will I need?
After registration, you will receive a Materials & Reading List for each class you register for.
How long can I view the videos after my online class ends?
The videos are now accessible directly from the class. You have “evergreen” access to the class which means that as long as the courses continue to be taught from the classroom platform, you have access to all purchased courses.
How long will the class forum stay up after my class ends?
The class forum stays up for several weeks after the class. If you want to save any of your own posts or of others, you will need to copy those during or very soon after the class ends.
What does “evergreen” access mean?
“Evergreen” access means that you have access to your purchased courses for as long as the classroom platform is available. Like with all things, there will come a time when the classroom platform will be retired. You will be notified prior to that happening, however, so that you have time to review your classes if you desire.
What if I cannot attend the Zoom video conferences?
The Zoom meetings will be recorded and available for you to watch and download to your own device, so you won’t miss anything!
What if I have travel plans for some portion of my class?
Students often have other commitments during class. The beauty of the class format is that you don’t have to be available on a particular date and time to participate. Plus, the class materials, videos and Zoom conferences are available to you after the class ends, and you can continue to learn from them.
Can I get a Bundle Discount if I take more than one class but sign up at different times?
No, Bundle Discounts are only available if you sign up for multiple classes at the same time. Sorry, no exceptions.
Do Bundle Discounts apply to the Mentorship Program?
No, Bundle Discounts only apply to online classes.
What kind of technology do I need to be able to use to participate in online classes and Mentorships?
You will need a computer, laptop or tablet with a wifi or hot spot connection to the internet. A cell phone is ok but you won’t be able to see the examples on the screen very well so I don’t recommend using it for Zoom conferences.
You will need a cell phone or camera that takes good photos of your work (straight on and with accurate color and value) and you will need to email those to me.
The Zoom app is free and easy to use. I will give you instructions on how to connect for video conferences.