Painting Secrets 1


Non SVS member


SVS member

Course description

Limit: 15 students

- Course Overview: 

Are you wanting to get started with painting digitally but don't know where to start?

Do you Struggle with getting your paintings to look good but can't seem to figure out what to do? 

Do you spend hours revising and "fixing" images trying to get them to look right? If so, then this class is for you! 

Lee White's 10 week painting class will take you step by step into working digitally in a way that helps make painting easy! 

This is an interactive class that will take 10 weeks to complete. You will receive direct feedback weekly by the instructor to help you with your specific problems. 

(Note: This class will become available to subscribers in Fall 2019).

Who is this class good for? 

Beginners: This class starts at the very beginning and assumes no knowledge of photoshop or digital painting. 

Intermediate/Advanced: This class can change the way you think about making images. If you are stuggling to make the work you know you can do, this class might be a way of cleaning up some bad habits you may picked up.

Here is a quick video that explains some more about who should take this class:

Course Content

In this class we will focus on setting up solid work habits that help you work through typical problems that beginners (and advanced students!) make when painting. 

The main goal is to give you a process and tackle each problem one at a time instead. Lee will give very specific assignments and exercises to get you on track to being able to critique your own work and solve problems as they arrive. 

Here is some information on our weekly schedule: 

Here are a few things we will focus on:

Steps to Successful painting:

Course Outcomes: 

in this class you will learn how to: 

  • Use the Right tools for the job
  •  Control your values
  •  Control your edges 
  •  Be deliberate with color 
  •  Use composition effectively
  •  Understand how to start finding your style. 

You will develop a system of painting that works for any subject matter or style. 

This class will prepare you for more advanced classes such as "Painting textures with WIll Terry" and Digital Painting 2.

How the class works: 

In this class Lee will give you both "in-class" assignments as well as bigger homework assignments. Each of these assignments has been made to build a step by step approach to painting. Each assignment builds on the one before it.

Class Requirements: 

Fast Internet connection This is an online class so internet connectivity is essential. Class instruction and demos are viewable for online streaming but will not be downloadable. 

Photoshop is best, but similar programs will work (procreate, etc). All demos will be in photoshop, but the techniques will transfer to any painting software. (Note: Lee will not be answering specific technical problems  in any software except Photoshop).

- Tablet or Cintiq: You will need a stylus and a tablet or cintiq to be able to do the exercises in this class.

Drawing Skill: You should have a basic understanding of how to draw. Watch Jake Parker's "How to Draw Everything" video if you haven't already done so. The requrements here are basic. We won't be doing any perspective intensive exercises or anything, but you should feel comfortable drawing basic shapes, etc.

Dates:  Tuesdays Sept. 18- Nov. 13

Class Time: The video instruction for this class will be available on Tuesdays at 9am Central Time (USA). You can watch the videos at any point which is convenient. 

Critiques: You will upload your work to the class site and I will do a video crit of your work. Video critiques will be uploaded late in the day on Tuesdays.


  • Cost is $500 for non svslearn members and $450 for subscribers. if you want the subscription price simply go to our site and subscribe either yearly or monthly before you purchase this class.
  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students.
  • There will be weekly homework assignments (plan for this!)
  • We will be using a new class "shell" that will contain all the downloadable info/details (you will be sent a link once you are enrolled in the class)

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 😀

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Will we be meeting at a specific time each week? Nope, I'll upload each week's content on Tuesdays and you can watch at any time. 

You will upload your homework to the site and I will give you a video critique of your work.

More FAQ coming soon...

Lee White

Lee White

Illustrator Extraodinare

Lee White has illustrated over 20 books and has an international client base. Some of his clients include:

- National Geographic
- Apple
- Arthur Levine Publishing
- Penguin Publishing
- United Airlines
- Scholastic
and many more!

Lee has been working for the past 15 years as a professional illustrator and has also taught at the college level for the past decade.

Course Contents

95 Videos

15 Texts

15 PDFs

11 Disqus


Course Curriculum

*Week 4 Vase Homework Crit*