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Ken Auster

Learn oil painting techniques with Ken Auster in this exclusive online self-study course

KEN AUSTER | Self-Study

Intellect & Passion
The Passion Sandwich Defined

SELF-STUDY 100 Day Pass

Since Ken’s passing in early 2016 his self-study course has been coveted by many painters who admired his work and thought of him as a mentor.

His words of wisdom and thoughtfulness for sharing his knowledge will last forever in these videos.

We thoroughly know you will enjoy learning from a brilliant peer, and artist!


You can start today. Work at your own pace and on your own schedule.

You will have access to the entire course at once. You can view 6 hours of high definition course instructional videos and assignments for 100 days!

The course is available to you anywhere as long as you have high-speed Internet connection on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.  

WEEK 1 | INTELLECT

Intellect is finding something to paint. It's all about focal point and design, and what is it that you are really seeing. Remember you can see everything in the picture plane all at once so there has to be a hook that caught your eye and all roads in your painting lead you there. I will be demonstrating how to find that hook on any photograph and show you how to create the roadmap for a successful design.

WEEK 2 | PASSION

Creating the sweet spot on the painting, line and shape. Identifying the masses of shapes with big brushstrokes, a lot of paint, and no detail. Learn to not be held hostage to what you see. I will show you the ability to create spontaneously a design that welcomes the viewer to enter your painting and travel to the focal point.

WEEK 3 | VALUES AND VOLUME

Putting in the values and the volume is a way to create depth and atmosphere in the painting to create the three-dimensional world on the two dimensional surface. I will use light source, form, and color to show you how to paint what you know using what you see as reference.  This will allow you to be passionate and loose.

WEEK 4 | THE FINISH

Back to intellect completing the passion sandwich. Design and balance, tweaking the painting and being free to change things to improve the composition and light factor. I will guide you to the finish while showing you how to make the focal point pop and the viewer's eye go exactly where you want them to go.

This course has 6 hours of high definition instructional videos that are designed for artists at every level and in every medium.

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