Questions about the Course:
What is the Old Masters Academy™?
The Old Masters Academy™ is an online video course where you can learn how to paint like the Old Masters using modern materials. In this course, you can also rely on personal support by the Academy tutors and receive constructive critique of your artworks, feedback on your learning progress, and advice on how to improve your art skills.
What comes with the course?
As an Old Masters Academy™ student, you will receive:
- Unlimited access to 60 oil painting and drawing video lessons—more than 30 hours of playing time
- Lifetime membership—you can study at your own pace
- Personal unlimited support from the course tutor, Natalie Richy
- Constructive critique of your artworks when you need it
- Personal advice on how to improve your art skills
- A place in the online Student Gallery to exhibit your artworks
- Access to the art community of fellow students and visitors
- The Old Masters Academy™ Diploma of Excellence upon completion
What will I learn in the Old Masters Academy™ course?
In the Old Masters Academy™ course, you will discover how to paint like the Old Masters using modern materials.
- In this course, you will receive in-depth information on art materials used by the Old Masters—their oil paint palette and what contemporary paints and mediums can replace no-longer-produced materials to achieve the same effects in painting.
- You will learn how to select and use the best paints, brushes, supports, mediums, varnishes, and other tools for oil painting.
- You will learn the color theory for oil painters and how to mix and apply oil paints. You will discover various methods of oil painting used by the Old Masters – application of warm and cool colors, harmony and contrast in painting, mechanical and optical mixing of colors, and painting with various textural effects.
- You will discover nine different ways of painting in oil that have been used and perfected by the Old Masters over centuries. You will learn the step-by-step process of various painting methods, including direct and indirect painting, alla prima, use of under-drawing, imprimatura, grisaille, underpainting in dead colors, working-up in layers, and application of transparent glazes and varnishing.
- You will receive the in-depth analysis of painting techniques used by Titian and Rembrandt, together with description of their genres, working methods, pigments and mediums, and how they painted figures and portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and draperies.
- You will learn step by step how to paint like the Old Masters by watching the course tutor, Natalie Richy, creating oil paintings in front of your eyes, from blank canvases to finished artworks. This includes a portrait painted in Flemish technique in Rembrandt’s style, paintings created using the indirect multi-layer method with glazing, paintings with dead-color underpainting, as well as paintings in impressionistic style, and an alla prima method demonstration.
- You will also discover the creative drawing techniques in graphite and sanguine by watching Natalie Richy create portrait and figure drawings.
What makes the Old Masters Academy™ unique?
The Old Masters Academy™ is the only oil painting course where, for a one-time payment, you will enjoy lifetime membership and unlimited personal support from the course tutor at no extra cost.
Natalie Richy spent many years researching and studying the Old Masters’ painting materials, methods, know-how, and techniques. This extensive knowledge is unique to the Old Masters Academy™ and is presented in a way that is easy to understand and follow, so you will readily benefit from it.
Unlike lectures in contemporary art colleges, the course tutor will paint and draw in front of your eyes while explaining all you need to know about traditional oil painting and creative drawing techniques.
The course comes with a series of practical exercises that are easy to follow and greatly beneficial for understanding oil painting methods and that aim to improve your art skills fast.
This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.
Who is the course tutor?
What personal support and tutoring will I get?
You will enjoy personal unlimited support from the course tutor, Natalie Richy, who will be happy to answer all your art-related questions, advise you on your creative development, and critique your artworks. This feedback is provided via email for the lifetime of the course and comes at no extra cost. You are welcome to send your artworks for critique via email or submit online.
What art materials will I need for the Old Masters Academy™ course?
The full list of required art materials is available here »
Can I learn how to draw in the Old Masters Academy™ course?
The Old Masters Academy™ focuses on traditional oil painting, but in the course there are also several video lessons on drawing, which present creative drawing techniques that are not taught anywhere else.
If you want to learn the fundamental principles of drawing, such as constructive drawing, perspective, proportions, tonal rendering techniques, rules of composition, and so on, you can enroll in the Drawing Academy »
If you are interested in making figure and portrait artworks, then you must know human anatomy for artists. You can learn it in a fast and easy way in the Anatomy Master Class »
Is this course suitable for complete beginners?
Yes, even someone totally new to oil painting can learn and apply the painting techniques taught in the Old Masters Academy™. The speed of learning, of course, will depend on the individual and time he or she dedicates to the practical exercises.
Advanced artists also will find this course immensely useful, as it covers many years of research on the Old Masters’ painting methods, materials, and know-how.
Do I have to paint and draw what I see in the video lessons?
You can, but you don’t have to copy the paintings and drawings created in front of your eyes. This course is not about how to copy someone else’s design and style; it is about learning traditional, time-honored painting methods and applying them in your own creative works of art.
In the Old Masters Academy™, you will find several very useful exercises that will help you to learn about oil painting materials and how to use them in the ways the Old Masters did.
How long are the video lessons?
There are 60 video lessons on oil painting and drawing. The length of each video depends on how many parts it has, which varies from one to 27. There are 274 video parts in total, with various playing times depending on their contents. The total combined length of all video lessons is more than 30 hours.
What languages video lessons are available in?
The video lessons are only available in English. If English is not your first language, no worries—you will still be able to follow the course, as all essential information will be available for you in writing, including video lessons subtitles.
Can I download the video lessons to my computer?
The Old Masters Academy™ video lessons are only available for streaming online. You cannot download the videos to your computer. This policy protects our copyrighted products’ distribution. Any violation of this policy will be prosecuted in accordance with international laws.
How long will I be able to access the course?
You will have lifetime access to all video lessons and educational materials. There is no expiration or deadline.
Where can I see artworks and feedback by the Old Masters Academy™ students?
You may check what our students say here »
Are any workshops available in the Old Masters Academy™?
This online art course is available to art students around the world. This way, all our students will receive the same high-quality art education and can benefit from our personal support wherever they are.
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What will I get in the Old Masters Academy™ Free Demo subscription?
To get a good understanding of what the Old Masters Academy™ course is, you can subscribe for a demo free of charge. You will receive access to several selected video lessons from the course. In addition, you will also become a subscriber to our newsletter and receive news about the course, additional free video lessons, bonuses, art articles, and valuable offers from time to time. We send only art-related news, and you can unsubscribe in one click at any time.
How do I access the free video lessons and bonuses?
A free account will be automatically created for you when you subscribe on this page and confirm your subscription. Your Free Demo username and password will be emailed to you automatically.
Questions about the price, payments, and refunds:
How much does the Old Masters Academy™ course cost?
The current promotional price of the course is available on the Pricing page. The real value of the Old Masters Academy™ course is $5,940 (60 video lessons at $99 each). However, you can enroll here at a heavily discounted price, less than 10% of its real value. For a one-time payment, you will receive a lifetime Old Masters Academy™ membership and unlimited personal support from the course tutor. The course price will go up in the future.
Can I purchase the course as gift for my children, partner, or friends?
Yes, you can. The best investment is in education, which makes the Old Masters Academy™ a perfect gift for your loved one.
Will there be any additional payments in a future?
The promotional price you pay today is the only fee for your lifetime membership and unlimited personal support by the course tutor. This is unique to the Old Masters Academy™ – you can rely on the tutor’s support for as long as you need it at no extra charge. Do you know of any art colleges or academies where you can get a teacher for a lifetime on the same basis?
What is the refund policy?
According to the Sales and Refund Policy you agree to when purchasing the course, there are no refunds once you’ve received the full access to the art course. You are welcome to contact us and describe your circumstances if you think that your case is exceptional. If you want to try the Old Masters Academy™ course before purchasing it, you can sign up for the Free Demo.
Questions about the Cash Back Offer:
What is the Cash Back Offer?
In the Old Masters Academy™, you can get $200 cash back in return for your video feedback about this course. It is paid as a partial refund.
How can I get the cash back?
If you like the Old Masters Academy™ course, make a video of your feedback about your experience. Send your video to us, together with samples of your artworks from before and after the course. If your video is published on our website, we will send you a partial refund of $200.
Is there any time limit for the cash-back offer?
Yes, you have three months from the time you enroll in the Old Masters Academy™ to send your video feedback and artworks.
Questions about the Old Masters Academy™ Diploma of Excellence:
What is the Diploma of Excellence?
After the course, you will be entitled to receive the Old Masters Academy™ Diploma of Excellence. This is to commemorate your achievement of completing the course and putting your new knowledge into practice.
When will I receive the Diploma?
You can apply for the Old Masters Academy™ Diploma of Excellence after three months from the date you enroll. There is no deadline or expiration. You can take as much time as you need to go through the course, and you will be able to obtain this Diploma over the entire lifetime of the product.
Are there any exams?
Relax! There are no exams. However, the Old Masters Academy™ Diploma of Excellence is not awarded automatically. We want to make sure you benefited from the course and would like to see your results.
To receive the Diploma, you need to provide your feedback about the course together with at least two artworks—one from before you took the course or right when you started, and another from after you completed it.
When your written feedback and artworks are reviewed, you will receive the Diploma of Excellence in your name. Your story and artwork may be published in the Old Masters Academy™ Students Gallery.
Questions about login and technical support:
How do I set up my personal Old Masters Academy™ account?
After payment, you will be automatically redirected to the account setup page. If you have any troubles with account setup, please contact us, and we will be happy to do it for you.
Is this course compatible with tablets and smartphones?
Yes, you can watch the video lessons on any Internet-connected device, including iPads and Smartphones. Please make sure you have Flash installed and enabled on your device’s web browser. The simplest way is to use the Puffin browser that comes with the latest Flash Player by default.
I can’t login. What do I do?
Please write down and save your username and password in a text file and store it securely. Your login details are CASE-SENSITIVE. When you login, copy and paste your username and password instead of guessing and mistyping them; do not enter accidental spaces before or after words, and make sure your Caps Lock is not on. After several failed login attempts, your IP address can be blocked for up to 30 minutes. If this happens, do not reset your password; it won’t help. Simply wait for half an hour before entering the correct login values or resetting your password. Do not send an email to Support—we can’t unblock your account manually; it will happen automatically after 30 minutes.
The video lesson won’t play. What do I do?
The video lessons are streamed from Amazon’s very fast and reliable cloud server. If you cannot play the videos smoothly, it might be due to a slow broadband connection at your end.
Please make sure you have an up-to-date browser with Flash installed and enabled. You can check the information about your web browser here: https://www.whatismybrowser.com/
You can also check your firewall and device settings; they might prevent the video from playing. If you still have any troubles, you can contact technical support here »
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