Online Art Courses

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Glazing and Scumbling Roses

In this sequel to Sadie’s previous course Glazing and Scumbling with Oil Paint, Sadie shows how she applies advanced paint handling techniques to the elusive subject of living roses.

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$24

Introduction to Oil Painting (Direct Method)

Suitable for absolute beginners, this course teaches how to paint your first oil painting with simple step-by-step instructions.

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$68

Common Errors in Still Life Painting (Direct Method)

Sadie creates two paintings to demonstrate the errors of technique and judgment that can block an artist’s development.

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$19

Alla Prima Roses (Alla Prima)

Watch Sadie Valeri paint a bouquet of white and peach roses with high-definition close-ups of her color mixing and brushstrokes.

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$24

Alla Prima Peonies (Alla Prima)

Sadie shares every step for how she creates a one-day painting of a beautiful arrangement of pink peonies and white roses.

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$48

Plein Air Oil Painting: Land and Sea

Two paintings in one course: Painting the landscape on location “en plein air” presents unique challenges. Join Sadie as she paints and narrate two oil paintings on location on the coast of Mendocino County, California.

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$39

Portrait Painting from Master Copy and from Life (Alla Prima)

Sadie paints a master copy of a head study by Van Dyck, and then paints a portrait of her husband, Nowell, using the same technique.

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$48

Mastering Value and Color (Indirect Method)

Sadie’s series of oil painting exercises focusing on value and color comprise an introduction to Indirect Method painting, in which a painting is created with many thin layers of paint.

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$75

Still Life Painting (Indirect Method)

Watch as Sadie demonstrates her method for creating a layered, indirect oil painting, working in the tradition of the Dutch Masters of still life.

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$75

Advanced Still Life Painting: Venus (Indirect Method)

Sadie paints ethereal, subtle layers using Indirect method to create her painting Venus. Watch the painting develop in gorgeous hi-definition detail.

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$48

Glazing and Scumbling with Oil Paint

Create luminosity, depth, and surface variation in your paintings. Learn Sadie’s advanced painting techniques for building up thick impastos of paint with lush textural marks, and creating even more texture by applying a glaze over a dry scumble.

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BONUS: Master Copy of a Rubens Portrait (Direct Method)

Using Baroque pigments and painting methods, paint along with Sadie as she creates a copy of 17th century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens’ portrait sketch of his wife, Isabella Brant.

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BONUS: Roses and Peonies (Alla Prima)

This complete footage of Sadie 6-hour painting of flowers is a FREE bonus video only for members of the Online Atelier.

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BONUS: Sketching a Seashell in Oil (Alla Prima)

This demonstration of a simple method for creating a quick oil study is a FREE bonus video for members.

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BONUS: Workshop Livestream: Three Methods of Oil Painting

Watch the live-streamed videos of Sadie’s 4-day workshop teaching 3 methods of oil painting: Direct, Indirect, Alla Prima, at her San Francisco atelier.

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BONUS: Horse and Mantle Painting (Direct Method)

Sadie shares each step for how she created this complex still life painting. Bonus courses are only available to members and cannot be purchased separately.

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Each course is accessible enough to take in any order, without a pre-requisite, but if you want to follow a formal atelier program curriculum, we recommend working through the courses in this order:

  1. Intro to Classical Drawing (Graphite)
  2. Bargue Plate Drawing (Graphite)
  3. Cast Drawing (Graphite)
  4. Charcoal Drapery
  5. Charcoal Cast Drawing
  6. Still Life oil painting: Direct
  7. Still life oil painting: Alla Prima
  8. Still life oil painting: Indirect
  9. Figure drawing
  10. Portrait painting

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