To learn OIL PAINTING online, sign up for private online lessons with our instructor, Diane Crago, using the links below.  Appropriate for all levels. Diane has been teaching painting for 45 years in corporate, private and school settings. All artwork on this page is copyright Diane Crago 2019

In this ONLINE PAINTING CLASS open to everyone but intended for absolute beginners, you’ll learn the techniques of the Old Masters, including glazing, impasto and palette knife painting techniques, producing a finished realistic painting with inner glow and lasting beauty. 

This fun, step-by-step class offers offers personalized instruction within the camaraderie of a small group setting.

You do not have to have any previous experience in painting to take it, learn some fun things, and do well with the methods the instructor will be demonstrating.


  • Students will learn how to use traditional oil paints using a cleanup method that is toxin-free. 
  • No turpentine or solvents are needed. Now oil painting can be as easy to use as acrylics and cleanup can be effortless!
  • The instructor will email out a list of materials you can order online before the class.
  • The class is open to both beginners and experienced painters, but again, it’s a good entry level class for total beginners.

Each class meeting lasts for three hours. Here’s what we’ll be doing as the class moves along. NOTE: This describes the BASIC class plan, but it will be tailored to fit each student’s needs.

  • Students will create value chart, learn the 10 colors employed in this class, learn palette knife technique, and begin a 100 color color mixing chart.
  • Students will complete the color chart and select subject matter from materials provided by instructor. 
  • Students transfer outlines of subject matter onto stretched canvas and complete grisaille.
  • Students will learn glazing techniques and color temperature balancing.
  • Students will learn impasto techniques and complete the class painting.