Finally - A Class Where Details Are Welcome!

You’ve probably heard art teachers and mentors telling their students to avoid committing to details too soon -”general to specific”...and often in critiques you’ve probably been told that you got too caught up in the details or that your details are grabbing too much attention away from your focal point. Well - in this class we are going to focus on the details. Being able to understand the structure of different textures will help you create more convincing focal points in your work. Going through the exercises in this class will help you become a better painter in edge control, light and shadow, form, and color predictions.

 This is an advanced painting observation class that can be executed in either traditional or digital paint. You will be able to download a template to either print and paint on or work digitally in a program like Photoshop or on a tablet like iPad.

Interactive Class:

You will have access to lots of different videos to watch explaining the various concepts in the class along with demo videos to clarify the exercises.

In this class, you will be invited to complete 2 assignments during the weeks the class is running. You will need to upload your assignment images on time to our svslearn.com site for critique. Once we have your work, Will Terry will review it and critique it via drawover in Photoshop with a screen recording video with commentary. He will combine all critiques into one video for each review session and upload to svslearn.com where you will be able to watch all critiques to learn from not only your session but the other classmates reviews as well. These reviews will only be available to fellow classmates. You will also be able to ask questions pertaining to the classwork in an "office hours" LIVE GoToMeeting session with anyone who wants to join from your class. If you cannot make the LIVE session, you can send in questions to Will ahead of time and he will answer them in that LIVE session. All class members will have access to watch the video from the live session when they access the class from their account.

Class materials will be released each consecutive Monday. All homework assignments must be turned in on time to give Will Terry time to critique your work.

Refund Policy:

  • cancellation up to 14 days before class starts: full refund
  • cancellation 1 - 13 days before class starts: 75% refund
  • cancellation during the first week of class: 50% refund
  • cancellation during the second week of class and after: 0%

Please Note: When you enroll, we are reserving your seat, and others are not able to sign up. Because it can be challenging to fill seats when there are last minute cancellations, we only offer partial refunds once we are within 13 days of the class start date. However, if you are able to sell your seat to another student, we are happy to give a full refund


In this class you will learn:

  • Basic repeating structures found in most textures

  • How to draw and paint each simple structure

  • How to control and paint various edges

  • How to make basic color predictions

  • How to examine various textures and identify key features

  • How to paint textures and details

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1

    • Week 1
    • 1 class intro
    • 2 Light and Shadow review
    • 3 Painting edges demo
    • 4 Various texture forms
    • Texture forms
  • 2

    Week 2

    • Week 2
    • 1 Color review
    • 2 Predicting Colors
    • 3 Smooth Reflective Surfaces
    • 4 Dull and Shiny Surfaces
    • 5 Transparent Objects
    • 6 Translucent Objects
    • 7 Different Values and Colors
    • Sphere Templates
    • Reference Images For You To Paint
  • 3

    Week 3

    • Week 3
    • Assignments for Painting Texture
    • Intro to painting textures
    • Swiss Cheese Demo
    • Cantaloupe Demo
    • Fur Demo
    • Tile Roof Demo
    • Water Demo
    • Sub Surface Scattering
    • Templates
    • Reference Photos
    • Will Terry's painted textures
  • 4

    Week 4 - Critiques

    • Critiques - week 1
    • Critiques - week 2
    • Critiques - week 3
    • Live Interactive critique session
    • Final crits

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