If you are a beginner or want to review a few basic fundamentals, start here. These tutorials include information about the five basic shapes, basic line, five kinds of light, values, drawing, perspective, contour drawing, measuring, and more.

Five Basic Shapes in Art

Five Basic Shapes in Art

There are five basic shapes we use in art and design. The cube, the sphere, the pyramid, the cone, and the cylinder. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis explains how they all work together.

Brushes

Brushes

Brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This video explains uses and needs an artist may have while using a paint brush.


How to Make a Glass Palette

How to Make a Glass Palette

Michael Lewis explains how to make a glass palette. Mixing paint and cleaning your palette are real time consumers. Make it easy by making your own glass palette.


Right Brain Left Brain

Right Brain Left Brain

Michael Lewis explains how the two hemispheres of the brain play different and important roles in the creative process. Learn how the differences were discovered and are now utilized in the painting and art process.

The Quickdraw (part 1)

The Quickdraw (part 1)

The quickdraw is one of the best exercises an artist can do. These paintings are rendered in 10-15 minutes using burnt sienna. Michael Lewis explains this fun and valuable tutorial.

The Quickdraw (part2)

The Quickdraw (part2)

This video is part 2 of the quickdraw. Possibly the best exercise an artist can do. Michael Lewis says this lesson should be a daily part of painting for an artist.


How to measure your subject (part 1)

How to measure your subject (part 1)

Learn how to measure your subject with your eyes and paintbrush. This tutorial explains how a grid can help you replicate your subject.


How to measure your subject (part 2)

How to measure your subject (part 2)

Learn how to measure your subject with your eyes and paintbrush. Part 2 of this tutorial explains how to draw your subject using your measurments.


Studio Safety

Studio Safety

Art studio safety is an important part of your daily routine. In this video you will learn what products and practices are harmful or safe.


Understanding Oil Paint

Understanding Oil Paint

In this video, Michael Lewis explains the origins and chemistry of oil paint. Learn about mediums, pigments, and why oil paint comes in so many colors.


Understanding Perspective

Understanding Perspective

Perspective can be confusing for many artists. Michael explains the basics of one point and two point perspective. Lewis also shows how to find the true horizon line.


Understanding Values in Art

Understanding Values in Art

What is a value scale? What is aerial perspective? Why high values and low values? The ground plane, sloping plane, upright plane, and arching plane. Michael Lewis explains it all in this tutorial.

Arranging value planes

Arranging value planes

Most artists agree there are 3-4 value planes in any landscape painting. Michael Lewis explains how these planes can be arranged in different ways.


Basic lines in art

Basic lines in art

There are a few basic lines in art. The strait line, the curved line, and the angle. Anything can be drawn with a combination of these basic lines. Art becomes much easier when you see objects drawn with these lines.

Eight choices for composition

Eight choices for composition

Michael Lewis offers eight different choices for composition. The circle, the s, the cross, the diagonal line, the ell, the radiating line, the steelyard, and the tunnel. These choices will keep you busy for years.

Tools needed for drawing

Tools needed for drawing

Pencil, drawing paper, eraser, sand paper, smudge tool, pencil sharpener. These are a few tools you will need in your drawing box. In this video, Michael Lewis explains why.


Five kinds of light

Five kinds of light

There are five kinds of light we describe when painting and drawing. Direct light, halftone, shadow, reflected light, and accents. Michael Lewis explains how to identify these visual elements which define objects.

Understanding the horizon line

Understanding the horizon line

The horizon line seems to be a confusing concept for most artist. Michael Lewis explains the difference between the visible horizon line and the true horizon line. He also demonstrates how to identify the true horizon line.

Make your own value scale

Make your own value scale

A value scale (greyscale, grayscale) is an important tool all artists should have. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to make your own valuescale using Photoshop.


Make your own canvas panels

Make your own canvas panels

Many artists paint on canvas panels because they are easy to store and carry, they are less likely to get damaged, and they are less expensive. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to make your own panels.

Understanding mediums for painting

Understanding mediums for painting

In this video, Michael Lewis explains why artists use mediums while painting. He provides information about the products and formulas and shows how to make your own studio medium.

Understanding Aerial Perspective

Understanding Aerial Perspective

Objects appear higher in value and bluer as they get farther away from the eye. Michael Lewis clears up the mystery surrounding aerial perspective.


Understanding the Color Wheel

Understanding the Color Wheel

The Color Wheel can be confusing. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis breaks the color wheel down so it becomes simple to understand.


The Limited Palette

The Limited Palette

The limited palette has it's limits, but not many. Michael Lewis demonstrates how it works and offers some beautiful examples of limited palette paintings and artists.


Finding Reference Points

Finding Reference Points

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis explains the important process of finding reference points when you are beginning a drawing or painting.


Drawing the Rocky coast

Drawing the Rocky coast

Drawing and painting rocks can be challenging. Michael Lewis uses the broadstroke method of drawing to render the rocky coast.


Contour Drawing Still Life

Contour Drawing Still Life

Contour drawing is a great exercise for beginners thru advanced. Michael Lewis offers some tricks for getting it right.


Contour Drawing Upside Down

Contour Drawing Upside Down

This fun exercise produces some interesting results. Michael Lewis walks you through a contour drawing with a twist.


Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

There are some good books out there by some great authors. In this video, Michael Lewis recommends a few of them that will help you grow as an artist.


Painting Workshop, What will I learn?

Painting Workshop, What will I learn?

This video explains some of the information you will receive when you attend a workshop presented by Michael Lewis.


Workshop Testimonials

Workshop Testimonials

Here are some testimonials from people who have attended Michael's workshops.


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