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Phil Starke

Phil Starke is a nationally recognized artist working with oil, pastel and watercolor mediums. Learn Phil Starke's oil painting techniques in this online art class.

PHIL STARKE | Self-Study

Painterly Approach
Street Scenes & Architecture

SELF-STUDY 100 Day Pass

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 7 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.  

With self-study, you will NOT receive one-on-one personalized response video critiques. 

For your personalized critiques please sign-up for the full course.

However, if you’re interested in a full course with personalized feedback from your instructor, subscribing to the Self-Study course first is a wonderful way to check out what you’ll be learning before plunging into the full 4 week course (which is a whole other limitless way of learning altogether).



A painting always starts with simplified planes and values and then becomes more complicated. The planes show the depth and form of a landscape and are the building blocks before color is applied. We will begin the foundation with value drawings and paintings.


In this lesson we will study the thought process of mixing color with the purpose of showing light and form without detail, then how to use broken color to suggest detail and depth. I will also be demonstrating the importance of color temperature and brushwork.


Atmospheric perspective is what gives the landscape depth and distance. Using value changes and color temperature we can give the illusion of objects receding and coming forward. Edges are another factor in showing depth, and I will demonstrate how to use a variety of hard and soft edges to achieve this in your painting.


This lesson will focus on an impressionistic approach to painting. We will define our focal point or center of interest, and simplify the rest of the painting around it. We will be using dynamic brushwork to show form and movement throughout the painting. This approach forces you to think about what is important, and then simplify the values and colors to make a bold statement.

This course has 7 hours of high definition instructional videos that are designed for artists at every level and in every medium.

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