How You Can Get Started Painting

Step By Step Guide To Starting Painting

Welcome to Moore Art School.

If you are just getting started painting then this guide will outline for you the key steps to take so that you will be up and painting in no time.

Firstly though … we need to address a common misconception. You see many people believe that in order to be a good painter you need to have some sort of natural gift or talent for painting. It is a common belief that great artists are just born with talent. Often we hear students say that the best they can draw is stick men.

Well the truth is … practically anyone can learn to paint including you. If you have the desire then following Moore Method of Painting that we teach at Moore Art School combined with some practice you will be painting great paintings in no time.

How can I be so confident?

Firstly because it was not that long ago that I had no clue about painting … yet within three years I had my own nationally broadcast TV show ‘Plein Air Painting‘ and had launched Moore Art School. And I did not start painting until I was in my 40’s.

Secondly because I have had the good fortune to personally teach lots of absolute beginners and help them create paintings they are proud of in their first attempt. Using the method I developed known as the Moore Method of Painting I have been able to teach thousands of new art students around the world how to paint, and hundreds that have come to my art classes like these people here:


If They Can All Learn To Paint Then You Can To Following 
The Moore Method Of Painting

That’s why I am so confident you can learn to paint to.

Here is the key … you need to get the right instruction and you need to paint regularly. If you do that then you will see rapid improvements in no time and you will surprise yourself, and your family and friends.

So how do you get started?

Well the first thing you need to decide is this …

What Medium Will You Paint In

There are many different mediums you can paint in. The more popular are:

  • Oil
  • Acrylic
  • Watercolour
  • Pastel
  • Charcol
  • Pencil

At Moore Art School we primarily teach Oil & Acrylic. Oil Painting is the traditional form of painting for hundreds of years and all of the recognised masters have painted in oils. Acrylics provide a versatile medium that can be used in a similar manner to oils, but can also be used as watercolour paints.

We find that oil and acrylic painting is the best place to start for beginners. All of our classes, courses and DVD’s can be followed in either medium.

Getting The Right Equipment

Once you have decided what medium to use the next step is to get the right equipment. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Paints – Either Oils or Acrylic
  • Brushes – A selection of Flat, Filbert and Round brushes in various sizes
  • Canvas Panels – These are a low cost painting surface
  • Mediums – If you are using Oils you need Low Odour Turps and a bucket for cleaning
  • Easel – These come in various sizes and styles.
  • Palette – This is something to put paints on for mixing
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Clothes to Wear

When you walk into an art supplies store you will be overwhelmed with choices. Its best to go with a shopping list to stop you buying everything :)

When it comes to paint … if you are just starting out then use the student quality paints. Once you decide you enjoy painting and will stick with it then upgrade to the artist quality paints. At Moore Art School we use a limited palette of colours. The colours you will need are:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Titanium White

To make it easier for you we have organised a discount with our art supplier – Art Shed Online … Click Here For Details

It helps also if you can make room in your house for your artists studio. Having a permanent place to practice makes it easier to schedule time to pick up your brushes and paint more often.

Watch this video where I show you through my studio … you will notice you do not need a lot of space:

Getting The Basic Knowledge

There is no doubt about it … you need some basic knowledge of the fundamentals of painting.

The mistake most beginners make is they buy some paints, brushes and canvases and have a go at painting … but fail to get the basic knowledge they need. So when their first attempts at painting do not turn out the way they had hoped … they give up and assume they do not have any artistic ability.

I can not stress the importance of learning the basics enough. As a starting point we provide free painting videos to help you start your journey. So if you have not yet registered to receive them then I highly recommend it. In the videos I introduce you to basics like Values, Colour, and Composition plus I do a couple of demonstrations for you.

The basic fundamentals you need to learn are around:

  1. Values – Understanding the difference of dark to light and contrast.
  2. Colour – Basic colour theory, the colour wheel and how to mix colours
  3. Composition – How to construct a good painting

When you have a solid understanding of these fundamentals you will then be ready to start painting with the right knowledge behind you.

Get Started Painting – Home Study Course

For a more in depth study of the basic fundamentals of painting you will want to get a copy of our ‘Get Started Painting – Home Study Course‘.

In this course I go into great detail on Values, Colour & Composition and give you lots of exercises to complete to really master these areas. The course comes in 6 DVD’s and a comprehensive manual for you to work through at your own pace.

Click Here For More Details

Regular Practice

Now that you have your painting supplies, and the basic knowledge of painting … the next most important thing is regular practice.

There is no substitute for painting in order to learn. The more you paint, armed with the correct knowledge, the better you will become. Master painters have got that way because they have painted daily for many years after many years of study.

If you can make time to paint at least 3 to 4 times a week, even if it is only for an hour or so each time, then you will improve your painting dramatically. Within 3 to 6 months you will be amazed at how much progress you make. If you continue to learn during this time as well then you will get even greater results.

One of the biggest challenges we have found with beginner painters is they run out of things to paint. They need to be given projects to paint and some direction when just starting out. So you will want to find a good source of painting projects for you to complete. This could be from your own photographs, or from still life’s you set up. It doesn’t really matter what the subject matter is … you just need to practice painting regularly.

If you need to block out some times during the week that will be your dedicated painting times.

DVD of Month Club

DVD of Month Club Membership

One of the reasons I progressed so fast with my painting was simply because I would buy lots of instructional DVD’s from various artists. I would watch the DVD’s over and over studying every brush mark and every colour mix. Then I would apply what I learnt through my own painting. This was a great way to learn as it gave me regular painting projects to try. The problem with this approach is that the cost of these DVD’s was too high with many costing $50, $60 or more.

That’s why I created the DVD of Month Club to make it much more affordable. Every month we send you a new DVD in the post with a full painting project and instructions for you to follow along with.

Find out more about the DVD of Month Club by clicking here

Feedback & Critique

The final step is to get regular feedback and critiques of your painting.

The most important feedback you can get is from your own paintings. Learn to examine your paintings and look firstly for what you did well, and then secondly what is one improvement you could make in the next painting. With this approach you turn every painting you do into your teacher.

If you are able to attend one of our art classes then you will of course receive feedback during the course to allow you to improve.

For those who are unable to attend an art class then you can get your paintings critiqued on video as a member of the DVD of Month Club.

Well I hope that this short guide will point you in the right direction of learning to paint and becoming an artist.

Remember that the key is learning the fundamentals and regular practice.

Happy Painting

Rod Moore
Moore Art School