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Reviews of the Top 10 Teach Yourself Painting Guides of 2017

Welcome to our reviews of the Best Teach Yourself Painting Guides of 2017 (also known as Painting Courses). Check out our top 10 list below and follow our links to read our full in-depth review of each teach yourself painting guide, alongside which you'll find costs and features lists, user reviews and videos to help you make the right choice.


Editor's Top 10 Buying Guide
 
Learn and Master Painting image
The Learn and Master Series is top of the range.  Other courses offered by Learn and Master are guitar, piano, drums, ballrooms dance, and further guitar study.  Learn and Master Painting is a thorough and comprehensive course incorporating a wide variety of materials and quality instruction.  The advantage with learning at home is that you are able to work at your own pace but this course also gives you...

» Read the Full Review of LearnAndMaster.com/Painting

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A Real Art Lesson is an internet selling success in this category.  The e-book by artist Delmus Phelps contains tips and secrets on how to paint realistic oil paintings.  Using simple step-by-step instructions, the course takes you through the techniques needed to create dazzling images.  Oil paints can be difficult to get right, but their advantage is their use in replicating the minute detail of light, shade, movement and...

» Read the Full Review of Easy-Oil-Painting-Techniques.org

The Virtual Art Academy image
Requiring four years of self-study, this painting and drawing course created for the serious amateur by Barry John Raybould, MA, is one of the more comprehensive products in this category.  The cost is divided into neat quarterly payments of $19.95 making this good value for money.  The total cost over four years would be $319.20.  Compare this with the instructor-led Famous Artists School Master course costing $1050 by instalment...

» Read the Full Review of VirtualArtAcademy.com

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted (Kathleen Staiger) image

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted comes highly recommended and praised by its readers.  Kathleen Staiger is an artist and teacher who graduated from Hofstra University in New York with a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's degree in arts and humanities. (To find out more about the author, Kathleen Staiger and to see examples of her art, see her website, KathleenStaiger.com). Staiger has produced this...

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The Thriving Artist image
This product is unique in this category.  It is a downloadable course full of advice on how to market yourself as an artist and make a profit.  Deciding to turn your hobby into a living can be problematic and purists may feel like they are "selling out" by deciding to sell their creations.  This e-book written by Steve Popkin is designed to tackle the obstacles you might face, provide...

» Read the Full Review of TheThrivingArtist.com

The Carder Method image
The Carder Method for Painting in Oil is a complete course in realistic oil painting. Mark Carder invented a device called the Color Checker that allows you to duplicate the colors you see in your still life into mixed paint on a palate.  The Color Checker is shaped like a pair of tweezers with one end flat and the other round with a hole in.  The flat end can...

» Read the Full Review of TheCarderMethod.com

David Bellamy's Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting image

Sometimes when starting out on a new creative project it can be hard to find the inspiration to get you started.  David Bellamy's Guide to Watercolour Painting covers a whole variety of subjects to paint and might give you ideas for more.  Ranging through still life, figures, landscape, flowers and buildings, you are sure to find something that takes your interest.  The step-by-step chapters are spaced out in between...

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The Famous Artist's School supplies books, e-books and multimedia courses to choose from.  Each product provides a slightly different learning experience, depending on what you are looking for.  The Famous Artists School is comparable to Learn and Master Painting and the Virtual Art Academy in that they offer a comprehensive multimedia package including assignments.  The Famous Artists School is set up for the serious amateur in mind, offering two...

» Read the Full Review of Famous-Artists-School.com

Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner image

Alwyn Crawshaw is known for his TV series on painting and is the founder of The Society of Amateur Artists in the UK.  He and his wife June have produced a number of highly popular books and instructional DVDs to help people to get started in watercolors, sketching, oil painting and general painting techniques.  The couple live in the beautiful Norfolk countryside in England; the perfect backdrop for their...

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Oil Painting for Dummies (Anita Giddings and Sherry Clifton) image

How did we ever live without the Dummies Guides?  Like the internet and mobile phones, Dummies Guides have become part of the information age.  Whether you want to know how to plug in your Blackberry or want to make blackberry jam, you'll be sure there's a book all about it.  (Actually we checked but Blackberry Jam making for Dummies does not exist, sorry).  Are they just patronizing dumbed-down pulp...

» Read the Full Review of Oil Painting for Dummies (Anita Giddings and Sherry Clifton)

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Latest User Reviews

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The Virtual Art Academy
User Review of The Virtual Art Academy by Michael on 07 November 2011

I am an intermediate painter and had taught myself until two years ago, when I decided to obtain formal tuition part-time at a studio. However as this was a group class (for life and still-life drawing and oil painting), the... (Read the full review)



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Review One by Otto
User Review of The Virtual Art Academy by Otto on 06 November 2011

I couldn't have found a better course of online painting study, there just isn't one better. Barry John Raybould is a dedicated, teacher, and painter. His continuing research into theory and application promises even more revelations for me as a... (Read the full review)



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The "Virtual Art Academy Academy" is the best I could find.
User Review of The Virtual Art Academy by Karl on 03 November 2011

The "Virtual Art Academy Academy" is the best I could find.
Highly recommended for those who want to learn painting!



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The Virtual Art Academy
User Review of The Virtual Art Academy by Nancy on 03 November 2011

Being in an isolated location, and wanting to learn how to paint properly after I retired, I bought the VAA course and have been working on it on my own. It is very practical, easy, and complete, and includes lots... (Read the full review)



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User Review of The Virtual Art Academy by Manushalini Nandwani on 03 November 2011

Hi Everyone I am a current student of VAA & have been around for about 8 months. What i liked about VAA is the genuineness of their teaching approach. The entire study program has given me a complete insight into... (Read the full review)



 



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