The Elephant Tree - Beginner Oil Painting Lesson | Tim Borkert | Skillshare

The Elephant Tree - Beginner Oil Painting Lesson

Tim Borkert, Landscape Painter

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13 Videos (1h 32m)
    • What You Will Learn

    • Introduction

    • Supplies Needed

    • Color Mixing

    • The Underpainting

    • The Background

    • The Tree Trunk

    • The Foliage

    • Transferring The Elephant

    • Painting The Elephant

    • Final Touches

    • Cleaning Your Brushes

    • Thank You And About Me


About This Class


Thank you for your interest in this class! I talk to people all the time who want to start painting in oils, but are too intimidated or overwhelmed to start. This lesson is designed as a perfect introduction to oil painting. Here you will learn what supplies you need, how to mix paint, how to paint with both thin and thick layers, how to transfer a drawing to canvas, and even how to clean up when you are done! 

We will be painting in layers, so expect 4 to 5 thirty minute to an hour painting sessions over the course of 4 to 5 days. It can also be done in acrylics if you choose. You could potentially finish this painting in a day if you use acrylics. 

You will see the entire painting done in real time. You will see every stroke of the brush with no painting cut out or sped up. When you complete this lesson you will have a beautiful painting to hang on your wall!





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Tim Borkert

Landscape Painter


Hi! I'm Tim Borkert. 

I am a professional artist specializing in oil landscapes. However, like most artists, I work in many mediums. 

Most of my work comes from commissions. I love it when someone brings me an old picture of a homestead or view from their honeymoon that they want memorialized as a painting. It is truly humbling and an honor to be a part of their life in that way. My paintings are in collections all over the world.

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