These tutorials teach the fundamentals of basic shapes, basic lines, five kinds of light, the grayscale, values, the color wheel, contour drawing, measuring, pigments, linear perspective, aerial perspective, composition, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Wild Opical Illusions

Wild Opical Illusions

This video provides some fun and wild optical illusions. Michael Lewis explains how your eyes can play tricks on your brain.


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.


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.


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.

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