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Ken Auster

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

Intellect & Passion • The Passion Sandwich Defined

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!

Work at your own pace and on your own schedule.


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

The course is available whenever & wherever you are as long as you have high-speed Internet connection. Playable on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. 


This course has been designed for artists at every level and in every medium.

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Course Description


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.


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.


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.


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.