Painting Basics TRACK

The Painting Basics Track will help you develop a foundation for painting, covering basic skills like color theory, brush technique composition, transparent vs. opaque paint, and more.

Lesson 1 • Lesson 2 • Lesson 3
Lesson 4 • Lesson 5 • Lesson 6

You’ll get to jump around between figurative, abstraction, landscape, and still life topics to expand your personal repertoire in painting.

See our Painting Curriculum, part of our Curriculums for Self-Taught Artists for a broader view. Visit our Painting section for more related content.

Lauryn Welch
Lauryn Welch


Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, and so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of learning! Hear Prof Lieu’s explanation of the track in this video.

Share your progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from the community! Tag us on Instagram with #artproftrack so we can share your work.

Oil Painting Studio

Paint Media

Visit these pages for supply lists: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics.

Part 1 of our Painting curriculum explains different types of paint. We recommend using the same paint media for the entire track to provide consistency and depth of practice.

Lesson 1

Velazquez Portrait Painting

Choose a painting from history or contemporary art and create a mastercopy of that painting.

Lesson 2

Emil Nolde

Create a painting based on the sky to experiment with brush technique and color.

Lesson 3

Still Life Set up, Cindy Qiao

Set up a still life with white object. Paint the still life, focusing mixing to achieve subtle shifts of white tones.

Lesson 4

Abstract acrylic painting, Clara Lieu

Listen to a sound effect, and create an abstract painting as a reaction to that sound effect.

Lesson 5

Rose Reference Photo

Paint a rose by investigating the forms and spaces inside the rose and the gesture of the rose as if it were a figure.

Lesson 6

Lobster Oil Pastel Drawing, Clara Lieu

Choose a an underwater creature: fish, crabs, lobsters, etc. and aim to capture the wide range of textures and forms.


  1. Submit your track images + info via this upload form.
  2. You can choose to receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail. (this includes international people)
  3. We’ll feature your track work in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.
  4. We’ll post your name, a link of your choice, your slideshow, and video feature on the corresponding track page in our student gallery area.