Learn To Paint E 20 – “Noosa River Reflections”

How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

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Acrylic Painting Reflections – Learn To Paint E20 “Noosa River Reflections”

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In this Learn To Paint preview video we paint river reflections. You will learn how to paint reflections in a river using acrylics. Its a great landscape painting in acrylics designed for beginners. This beginners painting tutorial shows you how to paint a dramatic Landscape in acrylics. This is a simple painting lesson anyone including beginners can learn to paint in acrylics or oils.

This is a preview of an upcoming project for members of the Learn To Paint Club where we teach beginners and Intermediate painters how to paint in acrylics and oils. The full length version of this project is available to members.

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How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

How To Paint Reflections In Acrylics

Knowing how to paint reflections in acrylics is a great skill to have.

Reflections can really make a painting as people who don’t paint are often mesmorised by the reflections. The great news is creating realistic looking reflections in a painting is easier than what you might think.

The key is to know what to put into a reflection.

You don’t need to put in every detail … the mind of the viewer will usually fill in the missing details.

So there is not a lot to learn to paint great looking paintings with reflections in acrylics.

In this post I will break down how I painted this ‘Noosa River Reflections‘ painting with the reflections in the water of the distant trees and the rising sunshine in the morning.

This is a project from the Learn To Paint Club so if you want to see the full length video then you can join today for just $1 and get access to the video and follow along.

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As always with the Moore Method of Painting I start out in step one by doing a rough drawing.

I use a small flat brush and some Ultramarine Blue paint. With just a little water in the brush you can thin the paint out a little for the purpose of doing the drawing.

In the Moore Method we focus on just the few big shapes for our drawing. What is important here is getting the right shapes in the right place. Note the horizon line being just below the half way mark of the canvas. I draw in the distant trees and their reflections.

Then I draw in the foreground embankment. My first attempt was a bit high so I drew in a second line to indicate where I want the embankment to finish.

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So with step one finished I now move onto the second step which is the block in.

My first goal is to establish the warm glow from the rising sunshine. This needs to be painted into the lower part of the sky and then reflected into the water.

I use Yellow Ochre and Titanium White. Mix a nice light tone and keep in mind acrylics always dry darker.

Note – Use a lot of paint. Most beginners do not use anywhere near enough paint and they struggle to apply it to the canvas and blend it before it drys out. By using a lot of paint it gives you more time to work with it before it dries out.

With a 1″ Gesso Brush I paint in horizontal bands applying the sunshine to the canvas.

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I continue working this sunshine colour down into the water as a reflection of the lower part of the sky.

A good tip is to paint this in beyond where you think you will need it. Don’t paint up to the lines … paint past them as it will make it easier to connect this section to the next in the painting.

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Now I mix up Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White for the upper part of the sky.

Again I paint this in horizontal bands starting right at the top.

With each band I lighten it a little by adding more Titanium White.

When I reach the part of the sky with the Yellow Ochre I then lighten my strokes so I am barely touching the canvas. I want to apply the blue mix over the top of the yellow mix rather than blend them together.

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For the river I do the same as in the sky only in reverse.

The big difference is that the lower part of the river is painted darker than in the sky. This is because this part of the river is the closest thing to the viewer of the painting so it will naturally be darker in tone.

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Next we want to block in our shadow colours for the distant row of trees.

This is just a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson. With the 1″ brush I am able to block this area in quickly. The brush is well loaded and I am varying my brush strokes around to create some interest and texture. At the tops I use the edge of the brush to create the effect of tree tops.

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Next is the reflections.

To get these to look right I load the brush then place it at the edge where the river embankment would be and drag the brush downward.

So the reflections of the trees (at least the shadows) are a serious of downward strokes of the brush. Refer to the video to see the technique in action.

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For the foreground embankment I use a warmer mix which is mostly Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre. This creates a great earthy tone and is ideal for blocking in the under painting for the foreground land.

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Using the same dark mix of the distant trees I paint in the foreground tree.

I use the small flat brush and start by developing the tree trunk and main branches.

Start out small and grow it larger rather than start out too large initially and then having to figure out how to reduce it in size.

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The same mix is used to apply the trees foliage with the 1″ Geso brush.

As this is a foreground tree there is more details needed in the tree. So take your time with it and think about how the shape of the tree would look. Notice I have plenty of the sky colours showing through the foliage of the tree.

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Now it is time to add in some midtones and highlights on the distant trees and their reflection.

I mix a slightly greyed down green with Ultramarine Blue and Yellow Ochre. Then I add just a pin head of Alizarin Crimson into the mix. By adding the third primary it reduces the saturation of the paint giving the effect of some distance to the trees.

Notice how I use the 1″ brush to indicate the tops of the trees that would be catching some of the sunlight as the morning sun rises.

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To capture this effect in the reflections I am using the same process only the half moon shapes of the tree tops are upside down.

Later I will brighten up the highlight tone by adding just a little Cadmium Yellow to the mix and just touch it into some the tree tops for a brighter effect.

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It’s time to focus in on the details.

With a small script liner brush I start to apply in smaller branches and twigs etc to the main tree.

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Last minute touches such as the posts to tie up your boats, the river embankment on the far side and the water ripples all serve to finish of the painting to great effect.

This is a beginner level painting and is really easy to complete when you follow the instructions given step by step.

The full length video of this project is now available in the Learn To Paint Club.

You can take a $1 trial in the club right now and have full access to more than twenty painting projects and more.

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Special Announcement – Join the Learn To Paint Club in AUGUST and you will also receive 2 complete painting courses as a BONUS for joining now.

The first of these courses is the Acrylic Painting Introduction course which is a 3 1/2 hour course with three painting projects and is available to you immediately when you take the $1 trial to the Learn to Paint Club.

The second course is currently in development and will be available at the end of August.

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First Art Class In Canada

First Art Class in Canada

Super excited today to share these photos with you. Stephen Christie is currently going through our MCI program (Moore Certified Instructor) and recently held his first class.

Take a look at the pics. Great job Stephen.

Stephen is on track to be our first ever certified instructor in Canada which is exciting. As a Moore Certified Instructor Stephen will be teaching the Moore Method of Painting in Canada.

You can find out more about becoming a Moore Certified Instructor here:

http://www.MooreArtSchool.com/mci/

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Stephen demonstrating the technique

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Class underway … everyone is doing great.

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Start of the class.

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Great result by everyone who took part. Well done all and we look forward to Stephen doing more classes soon.

 

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio

Oil Painting Demonstration Live In Studio – Join me in the studio for this live oil painting demonstration.

I work on completing a painting in oils from a photo. During the live stream I chat about my approach to painting, the Moore Method of Painting and more.

If you want to see more live stream oil painting demonstrations then make sure you have liked our Facebook page as that is were we are doing the live streams from.

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Learning To Paint Progressively In Oils or Acrylics

Learning To Paint Progressively In Oils or Acrylics

When learning to paint it is a good idea to take progressive steps where each lesson learned builds on previous lessons. This approach to learning to paint in oils or acrylics helps you build a solid understanding of the key principles of painting.

In this live stream video I talk about a new painting course recently filmed ‘Acrylic Painting – An Introduction To Acrylic Painting for Beginners‘. The new course was filmed for Udemy and is now available there.

The new course has three painting projects. Each one builds on the previous one.

The first project is a Values Study … it is painting a basic object like a cube sitting on a table with a strong light source:

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Doing small values studies like this in oils or acrylics is a great idea because it not only teaches you about values but it also helps a lot with your skills of drawing with the brush, and your general brush techniques as you learn to paint strong edges.

From this values study we move to the second project which is a simple landscape scene:

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In this project we use our knowledge of values and apply it into a landscape scene.

We also learn about the keys to aerial perspective such as colour temperature, values and the saturation of the colour. I cover these ideas in great detail in our Colour Mixing Course.

These keys are applied to this second project in a simple landscape painting.

As you can see the painting has a a great feeling of depth because of the correct use of values, temperature and saturation.

So in the third project we take it one step further.

We paint a cottage in a landscape scene using what we have learnt:

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Now this is the key point, and what I cover in the live stream video, the values study of the small block on a table becomes our cottage. All we do is add a roof on it and extend the back a little.

But notice the values structure of the cottage is exactly the same as the cube.

This is one of the best ways to approach any painting … just breaking complex scenes and objects down into simple shapes. Learn to paint the shapes correctly and you take a big step forward to learning to paint in either oils or acrylics.

Also you can clearly see the principles of aerial perspective learnt in project two applied to this third project.

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Learning From Every Painting

Learning From Every Painting

In this video recorded from a Facebook live stream I talk about the idea of learning from every painting you do.

If you can take away one or two things to improve on in your next painting then you will progress rapidly. Really our own paintings can be our greatest teachers if we look for it.

Apologies for the video quality … the internet connection will be upgraded in the next few weeks so look out for more live streams over on our Facebook page soon.

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Keep your eye open for more live streams from us on Facebook soon.

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Acrylic Abstract Painting Tutorial

Acrylic Abstract Painting Tutorial

In this Acrylic Abstract Painting Tutorial I am going to share with you a step by step breakdown of a terrific abstract landscape. This is a project from the new ‘Abstract Painting Level 1‘ course which provides a great introduction to abstract painting.

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The Abstract Painting Level 1 course is now available for those who want to further explore how to paint abstract paintings in acrylics.

When you join the course you will get the full videos to this project outlined below.

Register For The Abstract Painting Video Course Here

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Now lets look at the project and break it down into easy to follow steps for you.

This abstract painting project is being done in acrylics and I am painting on a 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas. I only use one brush for the painting which is a 1″ geso brush with bristle hairs.

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In the first step above I establish a basic drawing. The colours are Cerulean Blue and Titanium White mixed together which will also be our sky colour. As you can see the drawing is very simple just placing in the hill line, larger tree and smaller tree.

I did the drawing quickly and spontaneously. The key is just to identify where the big shapes will go in your painting rather than trying to draw in every detail.

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Then I use the same mix and start to block in the sky.

I want to create lots of movement and life in the sky. So I vary up my brush strokes and use a lot of variety. Also you will notice I am using a lot of paint. This is the key to getting acrylics to paint like oils … use a lot of paint and it will stay wet longer giving you more time to manipulate it.

The other advantage of using a lot of paint is that it allows you to create nice textures in your brush marks.

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As I am using a cool blue for the sky I decided I wanted to contrast this with some warmth in the sky as well.

The mix I have on the palette is Alizarin Crimson + Yellow Ochre + Titanium White. I then work this into the lower part of the sky thinking it will create a great effect against the greens of the trees and the hillside.

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Note that I also work this warmer colour up into the blue section and pull some of the blue sky down into the warmer section of the sky. This is important as it connects the two areas into one integrated sky.

At this point I had too much water in the sky so decide its best to leave it there and come back to it later.

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Moving on to the trees I start to block in the shadow tone for both the large tree and smaller tree.

This is simply a dark mix of Ultramarine Blue with Alizarin Crimson.

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With the trees blocked in I move to the block in of the hill side.

My thinking is that I want the hillside to have lots of vibrant green tones when its finished. As red is the compliment of green I have found it is a good idea to block in with a red earthy tone. When you place the greens over the top they create a harmonious vibrant effect.

Here I am blocking in the hillside with Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre mix.

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After allowing time for everything to dry off I come back and start to develop the green into the hillside.

I want the horizon line to be the brightest green to pull the eye into the painting.

The mix here is Cadmium Yellow with Pthalo Green. Notice I shift between being more on the yellow side then back to more on the green side.

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It is important to also vary your brush strokes.

I have a lot of horizontal strokes running down the hill but I vary that with some vertical strokes as well. And using the edge of the brush I flick up some grass like effects against the shadows of the trees.

Notice how the earthy red under painting is peeking through the more vibrant green grasses.

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Then its time to create highlights and texture into the trees.

I do this with a variety of greens mixed with both my warm and cool blues, warm and cool yellows and alizarin crimson.

The key here is the brush strokes. I just use the bristle hairs on the edge of the brush and swish the brush around to create random yet controlled strokes to resemble foliage on the trees.

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Now that I feel I have the trees working well I switch my focus back to the sky.

By this stage the water that was in the sky has now dried off so I can safely work back into it. I start by working the warm sky tone back into the lower part of the sky and strengthen it here and there.

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Then I take the cooler blue and work it also back into the sky strengthening the parts of the sky that need a stronger cooler blue. And I also work some of it into the warm tone in the lower part of the sky.

Overall I am happy with the finished result as you can see here.

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This is a terrific painting project to try. It is a good contemporary abstract painting and as you can see in the above photo the finished painting would look great in most people’s homes.

I definitely recommend having a go at this one as its a lot of fun and you can put your own style into it.

If you want to see the full video version of this project and variations of it then …

Register For The Abstract Painting Video Course Here

It is a comprehensive course that introduces the idea of abstract painting in acrylics for beginners.

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Starting An Art Teaching Business

Starting An Art Teaching Business

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One of the best things I have ever done is to start Moore Art School.

Teaching others how to paint, and then seeing them grow and develop as artists through your teaching, is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.

In this article I want to share with you some insights into what it takes to start and run an art teaching business. If you have considered teaching art or starting your own art school then you will want to read every word of this.

The one big take away that I want you to get is that there has never been a better time in history for artists to start teaching art, and with the right guidance you can achieve what ever level of success you desire.

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So let’s start out by asking the most important question of all …

Is Starting An Art Teaching Business Right For You?

It’s important that you think about this.

In order to achieve success you have to be a good fit for teaching art.

First you need a passion for art. If you are a creative person and you love to paint, draw or sculpt then you may be well suited for it.

If teaching art is right for you then its likely that right now all you want to do is create and you daydream about it all the time. And every chance you get you are creatig something.

But the passion for art alone is not enough.

The second key I have found is you have to enjoy working with people. Teaching art is a people business. You will find yourself working closely with students as you help them to learn to paint.

Being personable and relatable helps as it will attract more students to you.

The third key consideration is that teaching art is a business. Now you don’t have to be a hardcore business minded person, however you do have to be mindful that as it is a business you are going to need things like marketing and sales systems to achieve success.

So those are the three things you want to consider:

1/ Do you have the passion for art?
2/ Do you enjoy working with people?
3/ Can you see yourself running a small business?

If you can say YES to each of these then you are on the right track.

Sidenote – Starting an art teaching business is definitely not a get rich quick type of program. If your primary motive is to make money then it probably won’t work out for you.

Now if you have decided that starting and running an art teaching business is for you then let me share with you …

The Number One Key To Success

The number one thing that will determine if you are successful or not in the long run is YOU!

Starting a business and making it successful all comes down to YOU.

When you make the decision to start an art teaching business you take on the responsibility for its success or failure 100%. Sure you can get help and guidance along the way however you are the one who has to get up every day and make it happen.

A big part of this then is investing in the development of yourself.

First your mindset. You need to have an empowered mindset and positive self belief to make it work. So you may need to spend time in personal development.

Personally I spend a lot of time improving myself. For instance I attend Toastmasters regularly to learn how to improve my public speaking ability.

Secondly your skill as an artist.

It is important that you constantly work on developing and improving your skills as an artist. That means continuing to take workshops, courses and of course lots of practice painting.

One golden rule that I have always believed in is you want students to invest in doing your art classes and workshops then you need to be convinced enough of the value in doing so by investing in them yourself.

Personally I take a number of workshops each year with world renowned artists like Kasey Sealy, John Wilson and others.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that I also am a member of a number of online Ateliers and I spend time each day working through these master lessons.

Let me repeat myself then … YOU are the number one factor in whether you will be a success or not. So you need to always be working on you and your mindset and skills.

The Opportunity For Art Teachers

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The opportunity to teach art has never been better in the history of the world. Right now artists have a unique opportunity to start and launch an art teaching business and enjoy success like never before.

Problem is most are not aware of it.

Why?

The Internet has created incredible opportunities for people like you and I.

Twenty years ago it would not have been possible for me to run a successful art business. But because of the Internet you and I can live our dreams of earning an income from our art.

The Internet has done two things:

1/ It has increased the interest in learning to paint. That combined with the baby boomer generation. So there are more people than ever before wanting to learn to paint.

2/ Reach – One of the biggest challenges with any business is being able to attract new customers to you. Now with the Internet that is so much easier. When you learn to embrace social media like Facebook and YouTube you can reach out to new students and attract them to you.

So the opportunity has never been better.

And you can choose to either just teach classes in your local area, or teach online, or do both.

Personally I do both as I like the idea of tapping into a global marketplace with the online model, and I also like the interaction of running classes as well.

The opportunity has never been better than it is right now so if you are thinking of starting then do it right now while it is so good.

Who Will You Teach?

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This is a big question you need to answer.

Who are you going to teach in your new art teaching business?

There are lots of options:

– Kids Art Classes
– Adult Art Classes
– Corporate Team Building Classes
– Art Parties
– Paint & Sip Classes
– Advanced to Professionals

And what skill level will you teach? Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced?

Personally I think the greatest opportunity is in teaching adults who are beginners to intermediate level.

This is by far the biggest market, the easiest to reach and the easiest to teach.

Once you choose a market then I recommend you focus all of your efforts on that one market. Get good at this one market first before entering others.

How Will You Teach Them?

In my early days of wanting to learn to paint I attended lots of different art classes and workshops.

Some with local artists and some with world renowned high profile artists.

And I quickly came to the conclusion that great artists do not necessarily make great art teachers.

I encountered many different approaches including:

* Do your own thing and I will come aroud and see you (maybe!)
* Demonstration of a painting (but really poor explanation)
* Theoretical (Too much theory but little painting done)
* Entertainer (Artist entertains but does not explain)

And much more.

What was missing from most of the classes and workshops was a method of teaching that helped students get results.

Think about it logically … doesn’t it make sense that you want those attending your class or workshop to walk away from the day with a finished painting they are really proud of?

If you can help them achieve that then doesn’t it also make sense that they are far more likely to book into more classes in the future?

So you need a method of teaching that helps them get a finished result.

You can not just wing it as an art teacher and hope for the best … though many have tried this approach.

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Once you know who you will teach and how you will teach them you now need to decide what you will teach them.

What medium? Oils, Acrylics, Watercolours, Mixed Media?

And what subjects will you teach them?

Will it be landscapes, seascapes, abstract, portraits, pets, cityscapes?

These are important decisions as the right projects will attract students to you and the wrong ones will not.

Knowing what projects to teach is vital to your success.

By way of example I started out teaching the wet on wet oil painting method.

That was a challenge. After about a year I decided to try teaching a class in acrylics. Then I quickly realised that when teaching beginners it is far easier to do so in acrylics than oils.

Once I made the switch things quickly improved.

It’s Not Just About The Art

I mentioned earlier that you have to appreciate that if you start an art teaching business it is a business.

So you need to learn about starting a running a business as well.

By far the most important part of this is the marketing side of it.

You need to have the right marketing to attract students to you.

It doesn’t matter how good an artist you are … if you can’t market in a way that attracts students then you won’t achieve success.

Artists are not traditionally great at the sales and marketing side of things.

The good news though is that it does not have to be that hard. When you get the right guidance and follow a proven blueprint for success then you can achieve good results from marketing as well.

Expanding Your Business Online

For most people I recommend starting your art teaching business in your local area.

Get some consistent classes up and running and learn how to help your students get good results from your classes and workshops.

From there though you should also consider expanding online.

Right now there are artists making full time livings from sites like YouTube, Patreon, Udemy and more.

When you learn how to create online courses and projects then you can expand exponentially as you tap into a global auidence. There are 2.5 billion people online right now. A massive market.

So developing the online side of your business can help you grow and create new income streams for you.

This is certainly an area that Moore Art School is pushing into further. Having had more than 15,000 students go through our online courses now we are just barely scratching the surface of what is possible.

What About Art Teacher Qualifications?

A question that often comes up is what qualifications do I need to start?

The truth is you don’t need any if you follow my model.

If you want to teach in a school environment like High School for instance and get a job doing this then yes you probably need a teaching degree.

But to start your own art teaching school you do not need any qualifications at all.

Having said that I do recommend getting a certification as an art teacher.

That is how I started. I enrolled in a certification program, did the exercises and assignments and became certified in their method.

It gave me more confidence to make a start and it gave me the rights to represent their method of teaching in my marketplace.

Even though I changed after a year of teaching their method I still think it was invaluable for me to get started.

So I do recommend that you start in a similar way.

Investigate the various certification programs that are out there and decide on the best fit for you. Be aware thought that most do not cover the all important subjects of the business side of art teaching, or sales and marketing.

It’s A Marathon Not A Sprint

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One thing I want to point out is that starting and running a successful art teaching business is a marathon not a sprint.

What I mean by that is that if you expect overnight success with it then you might end up disappointed. It takes time to build up so you need a long term view.

Think about building up success over a 3 to 5 year period of time. Many think in terms of 3 to 5 months but truth is it will take you this long to get started and to start finding a few regulars.

Now you can earn an income along the way … but to build a solid successful business as an art teacher will take time. Be patient and be consistent in your efforts.

I started doing it part time while working full time in jobs. I did this for several years before going full time.

So take a long term view of it and through consistent and persistent action you will get there. Over time the law of compounding efforts will start to work in your favour.

Teach The Moore Method of Painting

Over the last six years I have had the good fortune to teach hundreds of students in one day workshops and more than 15,000 online.

During that time I have worked on developing a methodology of teaching beginners that gets results. That takes a beginner from never having picked up a brush before to being able to finish their first painting that they are proud of.

The Moore Method of Painting has now been proven to work around the world not just in the classes I have taught, but in classes taught by Moore Certified Instructors in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Saudi Arabia.

The advantage of the Moore Method of Painting is that it simplifies the process of learning to paint down into three colours, three brushes and three steps. This makes it easier to teach those just starting out.

Right now we are looking to expand to even more countries around the world.

I am on a personal mission to spread the Moore Method globally and to reach as many people as possible and help them fulfill their dream of learning to paint.

If what you have read in this article resonates with you and you want to find out more than request an information kit and join us on the upcoming Webinar ‘Starting An Art Teaching Business’

Find out more about the Moore Certified Instructor program – http://www.MooreArtSchool.com/mci

Register for the coming Webinar here – http://mywebinars.net/start-an-art-teaching-business/

Noosa River Reflections

Noosa Art Classes

Noosa Art Classes

Moore Art School are pleased to announce that in July we will be commencing Noosa Art Classes.

Our first art class will be of the Noosa River Reflections and is designed for beginners to intermediate painters. This will be the first of many Noosa Art Classes as we continue to grow.

For all of the details go here – http://mooreartschool.com/events/noosa-river-reflections/

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More Student Success Stories

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Another terrific success story from a first time painter. Here is what Maria had to say:

My name is Maria, I’m 52 years old and a swede currently living in Scotland. I love the way your method of painting gives you courage and encouragement to just Paint! I’ve been dabbling in mixed media abstracts for a long time as a hobby but personal issues made me loose my inspiration.  Following your tutorials and method have got me up and running again. I’ve never painted landscapes before so despite seeing the errors and flaws on my piece, I’m mighty proud of my first effort!
Thank you! / Maria
I love stories like these.
If you haven’t taken our free five day learn to paint course yet then you can do so here: