Frequently Asked Questions
I am a beginner. Are these courses for me?
Yes! These drawing and painting courses are all about providing a solid, structured foundation. You do not need to know ANYTHING about drawing or painting to start.
I'm an advanced artist. Are these courses for me?
Yes! If you feel like your current art practice has stagnated, or you’re looking for some inspiration, trying a new approach can make a huge difference. We all have areas where we’re less than confident, and taking the time to brush up on drawing and painting skills can unlock new possibilities for your work.
What is an atelier?
An atelier is an art studio that focuses on teaching representational (realism) drawing and painting, starting from the ground up. Students begin by learning foundational skills and progressing gradually to more advanced techniques. This is a thorough, classical approach that prioritizes building strong skills in drawing accuracy, light and shadow, and oil painting. There has been a revival of this traditional approach in recent years, under the term “atelier”, to refer to a
traditional approach rather than a contemporary art school that focuses
on the abstract or conceptual.
Where should I start?
It depends on your skill level and goals! For beginners who want to learn how to paint in oil, I recommend the following progression:
– A Practical Approach to Drawing, along with the free How to Sharpen a Pencil lesson.
– Charcoal Shading: Understanding Values and Form
– Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners
– Painting in Colour for Beginners
This will provide you with a strong foundation of drawing, shading, colour theory, and painting techniques, following the traditional atelier approach that I’ve taught at my studio for years.
For painters, From the Ground Up is a comprehensive painting course. It is best suited for intermediate painters, though beginners can benefit from it, especially if you paint in monochrome (black or dark brown and white).
Advanced painters who want an “over the shoulder” look at another artist’s process might enjoy Painting “Nova”, a semi-narrated set of videos showing the process of painting a large figurative work from start to finish.
More videos to come! If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see, please contact me.
If I purchase a single course or lesson, how long can I access it for?
If you purchase a single course or lesson, you can watch it as many times as you like, with lifetime access.
Will new videos be added?
Yes! New videos will be added each month. Subscribers get immediate access to all additional videos.
What currency are the prices?
All prices are in USD. 5% GST will be applied for residents of Canada.
Can I get feedback on my work, and private instruction?
Yes! Nicole offers private lessons for individual instruction, feedback, and mentoring. Read more here.
Can I cancel my membership?
Yes, you can cancel or pause your membership anytime through your dashboard. Any payments already processed will not be refunded, but your membership will not renew automatically once cancelled or paused. You can still access content during the dates you have already paid for.
I just want to view a couple specific videos. How do I do this?
Each video can be purchased individually for a one-time cost and streamed immediately. Please note, payments for individual videos are not refundable should you choose to subscribe at a later date.
I have a question about something in a video. Can you answer it?
I will do my best! For any questions, comments, or feedback, please contact me.
Are the videos captioned?
Yes! All videos are captioned. Some videos have temporary automatic captioning but we are working on accurately captioning them all.