Mastering Brushstrokes – Part 1

What you’ll learn

  • Gain a thorough understanding of a broad range of brushstrokes
  • Develop a toolbox of strokes for reference when creating works of art
  • Learn how each brushstroke impacts form
  • Learn the history behind brushstrokes and paint application
  • Expand your creativity by increasing your knowledge base
  • Understand how brushstrokes are affected by painting medium


  • Students should have very basic knowledge of their chosen painting medium.


Mastering Brushstrokes – Part 1

This is the best online course I’ve ever taken. Jill has provided general and detailed information in a way that is easily understood and clearly defined.” – Rebecca S.

“I feel like I learned more watching and listening to this course than any other class that I’ve ever taken. Thank you!” – Bonny E.

Brushstrokes are at the core of being an artist, and an individual’s brushwork is one of the things that sets them apart from other artists. Using her approachable, easy-to-understand teaching method and lots of hands-on activities, artist Jill Poyerd breaks down historic and contemporary brushwork into twenty-two unique brushstrokes, using both oil and watercolor paint in her demonstrations. 

This course is part one of a two-part series and covers twelve of the twenty-two strokes. They are broken down by style of application and include a brief history, examples of how they’re used in masterpieces, visual demonstrations, and student practice exercises. By combining technical learning with visual and hands-on examples, students will gain a thorough understanding of each brushstroke variation. Part one covers invisible strokes, direct painting, strokes that use light amounts of paint, and strokes that use thick, impasto paint.

Note: Demonstrations are given in both watercolor and oil paint. Acrylic painters simply have to apply the knowledge depending on how they use that medium, whether thick (like oil) or thin (like watercolor).

Who this course is for:

  • Any level painter working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, or gouache.

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