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With Expert Glenn Brill

A lifelong painter, Glenn Brill has been a rep for brands such as Strathmore, Gamblin, Windsor-Newton for over 20 years, building up an enormous wealth of knowledge. In this class, Glenn walks us through everything you need to know about brushes from their history, the various types, what constitutes a high quality brush from a poor one, and everything in between. For those of you who have wanted to know the nitty-gritty of brushes, this Master Class is for you!

Products and Processes

The process of finishing a painting, like all thing with art, can be difficult to navigate at first. What medium do you use, and how? What is the proper technique? Or more importantly, why finish your painting with any kind of medium at all? Fortunately we at the Academy have you covered. In this master class, our team will show you several of the most widely used methods when it comes to finishing your painting. We’ll answer those questions on what tools you want to use, how to use them, and what effect it will add to your piece.

The Qualities, Differences and Similarities

For this Master Class, we are honored to be visited by Pierre Guidetti and Andrew Cook of Savoir-Faire, a company that imports the finest art materials for some of today’s leading artists. Pierre gives us a historical background on the oil and acrylic paints made by Sennelier, and Andrew dives into the similarities, differences and aspects of both oil and acrylic paint.

A Digital Tool for the Analog Creative

In this Master Class, we take a deep dive into the app called Procreate. Often times digital art applications fall far short of what would like, but Procreate proves to be the exception to the rule. This amazing application gives the user a degree of control and versatility that we at Art2life have never seen before, and the results are impressive. If you have been looking for a way to make preliminary compositions of ideas for upcoming paintings, or if you have been thinking about exploring the world of digital art, then this is the master class for you.

The Process and Purpose of Murals

In this Master Class, artist and Art2Life coach, Susan Melrath takes us into the world of murals. Not only does she teach us about all of the many components of making a mural, including the proposal, the funding, the process, the materials, etc., but also provides insight on what public art can mean for Community. Whether you’re interested in creating murals or not, we think you’ll enjoy this inspiring and entertaining conversation.

When the Work is Complete

This month’s Master Class is Part 3 of a series following artist Terri Froelich prepare for a solo show in Europe. In this class, Terri has now completed and shipped the show. Join in to hear Nicholas and Terri discuss her process throughout, and what she has learned so far in retrospect. Also hear Nicholas share his experiences and recommendations for future shows.

Sophistication Through Color

This Master Class will take a closer look at working with color in more refined, sophisticated ways. Nicholas will be sharing new ideas and principles of color that he has discovered in his own artistic journey. Working on an actual painting in his studio, Nick brings these ideas and principles to life.

Following Our Art

In this Master Class we continue to follow artist Terri Froelich as she prepares for her solo show. In part 2 of this interview, we’ll find out more about Terri’s process, along with the challenges and discoveries along the way….including a broken foot!

Mindset Challenges and Big Ahas

California Abstract artist, Terri Froelich is preparing for one of the first large showings of her work—15-16 paintings. In Part 1 of this conversation with Nick, Terri shares her struggles and fears around creating and showing a large body of work.

Learn the Basics of Video Editing with Adobe Premier

In this month’s Master Class, Ferris will be teaching us basic video editing using Adobe Premier. This video production software is the same company that creates Photoshop and has quickly become the industry standard. It is very sophisticated software, but Ferris helps break it down to help you become a pro at easily creating stunning videos.

A Way to Apply Images and Collage to Oil Paintings

Heather Wilcoxon is an artist who is constantly exploring techniques and mediums. In this month’s Master Class, Heather graciously shares her process on how to create image transfers that you can actually use on oil paintings, along with some additional materials and techniques to try in your own work.

An Exciting Technique Using Acrylic Paint

In this month’s master class, we take a deep dive into the work of Brian Huber. He has developed a way of working with acrylic that incorporates sculptural elements alongside more traditional methods of applying paint, resulting in a new style of work that is difficult to describe as belonging wholly to one class of art. This resulting fusion of styles becomes even more impressive when you watch Huber’s process of building the materials that he uses to make his work.

The Necessity of Creating a Practice

This week’s Master Class is about the necessity of creating a practice. Where we turn off the outside world, our egos, fears and desires, we can connect to our true selves and create art that is authentic and more powerful. This class is an inspiring and insightful discussion with Nicholas and world renowned yoga and meditation instructor, James Higgins, on the many benefits of being present, aware and free.

The power of video


In today’s world of social media, it has never been easier for artists to connect with audiences around the globe. But beyond simply posting images of your work for people to see, one of the best ways to get noticed is to create your own videos. While this used to be limited to those with expensive technology, now this is available to everyone who has a smartphone! In this Master Class Nicholas will show you step by step how to easily create powerful and effective videos.

How to use oils


Nicholas teaches in acrylic, but the majority of his paintings are oil. In this Master Class, Nick teaches us some basics of oil painting, as well as some advanced tips and techniques. He’ll go over everything he uses on a daily basis to create his wonderful paintings.

The Easy Way


Mixing color can be intimidating. How can you create rich, sophisticated colors, and how do you find them again once your palette has dried? In this Master Class, Nicholas teaches us simple and powerful ways to mix beautiful colors, again and again. 

Learn the Basics


Having first gotten her start as a professional photographer, artist Margot Hartford decided to make the jump to encaustics after deciding that she need to not only get away from the darkroom, but the computer as well. She has now become an accomplished encaustics artist, incorporating her photography skills into pieces that are at once subtle and both arresting in their visual beauty. Now, we have the pleasure of watching Margot give a class on how to paint with encaustic.

Application techniques


Artist Terri Froelich is accomplished both in photography and painting. In many of her paintings she incorporates her photography, creating beautiful juxtapositions of imagery, color, pattern, design and lines. In this Master Class, Terri teaches us several techniques to make image transfers that can be incorporated into our own work.

Learning how to do it effectively


Effectively scaling up your work is something many artists want to do, but don’t quite know how to do it. There’s a reason we all love larger work and Nicholas has some answers and insight for us. In this Master Class, he teaches us the 5 areas that we need to expand in order to make larger work powerful.

A problem-solving tool


Often times we are working on a painting, and get to a point where we feel stuck, or are not sure how to move forward. Should I change the scale of something? Should I lighten or darken that form? Should I change the color of that? This is where Photoshop can come in to help us problem solve. It can offer a high-speed investigation to possible solutions to challenges in our work. In this Master Class, Nicholas walks us through some basic skills and tools in Photoshop to help us improve our art.

Breaking the Stereotype


Just because the “starving artist” stereotype seems to have lodged itself perpetually in the zeitgeist, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily accurate. Despite what many of us may believe about the opposition between art and commerce, it turns out that art and business can actually fit quite nicely together. Just ask Alexis Fedor, a performance artist who teaches other artists how to turn their passions into profitable ventures. In this interview, Nicholas asks Alexis about her inspiration, perspective, and how she helps artists find the missing pieces in their careers.

The Mindfulness of Art

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Getting Clear on What’s Important

Best-selling author and organizational expert, Andrew Mellen, is focused on helping people find joy in their lives by eliminating clutter—both physical and emotional. In this interview, we learn how clutter can affect us as artists and what we can do to eliminate it so that we can better connect with our art.

Nutrition as Art

The Power of Yum

We at the Academy are pleased to bring you an interview with Rebecca Katz, renowned author of The Cancer Fighting Kitchen and Clean Soups. An expert on the connection between proper nutrition and good health, Rebecca has pioneered the idea that healthy food can and should indeed be delicious, and it is with this in mind that we joined her in her kitchen.

A new medium in the digital age

An affordable way to make art or just play and sketch

Every day we discover technology that opens our eyes to something new. In this Master Class, Nicholas joins artist Andrew Faulkner as he introduces and demonstrates a wonderful way to make beautiful art digitally.

Applying the Art2Life Principles to both

How to paint in two different styles from a single reference

No matter what style of painting we are creating, the Art2Life Principles apply. In this week’s Master Class, Nicholas demonstrates this by making two paintings from the same photographic reference, using the same color palette. One is Abstract and one is in the style of Realism.

Learn how to put together your own book

How to use your own book as a tool for promotion

As artists who want to sell our work, we are always wanting to know about more ways to promote it. Creating a promotional book of our work is an easy, affordable and powerful way to help elevate and upsell your work. Listen in to Nicholas’ interview with artist Marti Somers as they discuss what inspired her to begin a book, how she uses the book, and also practical advice on how to create one.

Learn how Photoshop can help you with your art making

adjust your work in progress like a pro

As creatives we are all familiar with getting occasionally stuck in our work. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to go next. One great tool for finding solutions to these roadblocks is Photoshop. It allows you to adjust nearly every element of your work without any risk; color, hue, saturation, specific shapes or segments of your compositions – nothing is beyond your reach!

Learn ways that allow you to sell your art direct

Build a culture of success around you

Artist Judy Paul has chosen to predominantly market her work herself. Her successful strategy has been to produce and sell both prints and original paintings through various channels, including social media. Listen in to this informative and inspiring interview on ways you can take the lead in selling your art.

Learn how to give images of your work that professional feel

Follow these simple steps to create quality images

Having good photographs of your work is essential to the success of any artist, and it has never been easier to do this yourself. The advent of new technology such as digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop have made it possible for all creatives to take and edit high quality images of your art. Join us as we walk you through our simple, step-by-step process that will result in outstanding, professional grade images.

Learn from a gallery director how to get into galleries

Prepare for Success

Getting your work into a gallery can be daunting for any level of artist. To help you navigate through this process, we’re interviewing Donna Seager, co-owner of Seager Gray Gallery based in Mill Valley, CA. Follow us as she explains the best practices to get your work seen!

How To Travel and Keep Making Your Art

Do you tend to put your art practice on hold when you go on vacation?

Taking breaks from making art is important. When I have been working for weeks and weeks I notice that I start craving to see something different than my own work and my studio. I usually postpone fulfilling these desires until I finally realize that what I really need to do is leave entirely. Maybe go on a long vacation somewhere exotic. But even on vacation I find myself gravitating towards making art…