There is probably nobody that has
inspired more people to take oil painting lessons than Bob
Ross. You may remember Bob for his weekly half hour shows
where he would take an oil painting creation from start to
finish in 30 minutes. He made it look so enjoyable and easy.
Most people will admit that they are
somewhat nervous and reluctant about taking oil painting
lessons. Many will also say that they felt overwhelmed once
they did get started. This happens because people go into it
with unrealistic expectations. Learning to paint is an
ongoing process, and you shouldnít expect to learn
everything in a few days or weeks.
Others feel that they do not have the
artistic talent that they think is necessary to create art.
While I will agree that some folks have more god given
talent than others, it is not entirely talent that makes for
a good oil painting artist.
Painting certainly requires some
talent in order to visualize what it is you want to paint.
But it also requires skill. It requires learning techniques,
and these things can be taught. You most likely are reading
this article because you were looking for information on oil
painting lessons. So you have already demonstrated that you
have an enthusiasm about learning how to do it. You just
need the proper instruction.
Here is the reality. Anybody can learn
the oil painting techniques, and most people also discover
that they have more of an artistic talent than they ever
imagined they had. Painting is truly a journey of discovery
about oneís self as much as it is a discovery about art.
I think that there are primarily four
ways that a person can acquire oil painting lessons. One can
make use of resources online by searching for websites or
watching the oil painting videos on You Tube. One can also
learn from reading books or picking up a home study course.
A person could also enroll in a course at a local college
that teaches the basics. Another option to learn would be to
take private oil painting lessons from an art teacher. Letís
discuss these options individually.
There is quite a bit of information
available online. Amazon has quite an inventory of books on
oil painting. I am sure you could probably find some good
titles in your local library as well. This is where I
I think I was able to learn at least some basics
from the couple of books I picked up, but to be honest, the
books bored me. I am more of a visual person and I could
only learn so much from the text and pictures.
I know of some people that have hired
private teachers for oil painting lessons, but that can get
expensive. Most of the private teachers I spoke with had
recommended that I take a course that taught me the basics
before hiring them. As I said, these private teaching
services are expensive, and the line of thinking is that why
not learn the basics from a book or a home study course as
there is no sense in paying a private teacher to learn the
Another option is to enroll in a course at a college. I did
that after reading a couple of books. It was an 8 week
course that met one evening a week. The course seemed to
move really slow to me. I again found myself bored and
somewhat frustrated with the restrictions being placed upon
us by the instructor. I am sure she had her reasoning for
the way the course was taught, but I donít feel like I
really took much from it.
The next form of lessons that I took
was a home study
oil painting course. It had been
recommended to me by someone I had met in the college class.
She had felt the same way that I did about the course. She
felt confident that I would enjoy the course and loaned me
her copy. She was right, and I ordered my own copy after I
started watching hers.
The course is taught by a man named
Andre Grobler. If you want to learn more about Andre and his
Painting My Way course you may do so at
Although I was watching pre-recorded instruction, I felt
engaged in what the course was teaching. It not only taught
the basics, but then went on to get into some very advanced
techniques as well. In sort of took me through the process
in a very step by step manner and this had me seeing things
as I hadnít up until that point in my learning process.
I then went on to study a
course in pencil sketching as
well, as I needed some help in that department also. I
have recommend both of the courses that I studied here on this
website. They are quality courses, and I would not recommend
them if I hadnít used them myself, and found them to be of
I think for the most
part that I am pretty comfortable and confident with where I
am now in my art. I now learn a lot about other artistsí
talents, perceptions and techniques by attending art shows.
These shows always have an abundance of art being displayed,
and the artists are always willing to discuss their work. It
is amazing how one can grow in their art simply by being
exposed to how others view their own art.
So when it comes to
taking oil painting lessons, you have many choices. I am
sure you will find what works best for you. Hopefully
reading about my personal learning process will help you
figure out which direction you want to take.