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Try something new by tackling the art projects, or expand your artistic skills and generally brush up your knowledge of painting techniques through the tutorials and demos.
  1. Monthly Painting Projects
  2. More Art Projects
  3. "In the Style of..." Painting Projects
  4. Photo Painting Challenges
  5. Daily Art Ideas
  6. Color Theory Tutorials
  7. Composition for Paintings
  8. Abstract Art Tutorials
  9. Still Life Tutorials
  1. Landscape Painting Tutorials
  2. Figure & Portrait Tutorials
  3. Perspective Tutorials
  4. Painting Animals Tutorials
  5. Video Painting Demos
  6. Paint Like the Old and Modern Masters
  7. Step-by-Step Painting Demos
  8. Painting for Halloween

Monthly Painting Projects

Monthly painting projects

These painting projects were set regularly with the intention of encouraging you to explore new subjects and/or techniques, to challenge yourself in a new way, and to kickstart your creativity. Submissions are closed but you can still read the instructions.

More Art Projects

Photo of long flat paint brushes

The projects listed here are still open for submissions, and involve painterly printmaking techniques.

"In the Style of..." Painting Projects

Each of these painting projects take a famous artist or a famous painting as the starting point. The aim is to learn more about the artist and their style by emulating them. What you discover is often not what you think you might!

Photo Painting Challenges

Painting photos butterfly challenge

These challenges are to create a painting using the reference photo provided as the subject for a painting in whatever style you choose. Find inspiration by browsing through the submissions to see what other people have painted from the same photo.

Daily Art Ideas

Still Life with Fruit Painting Project

Painting every day gets you into a creative habit and routine. It takes persistence and stickability, as well as lots of ideas for paintings, which you'll find here.

Color Theory Tutorials

Painting color theory

Knowledge of color theory and color mixing is one of the most important aspects of painting. Don't let the word 'theory' intimidate you, it's not about memorizing facts, but rather about practical experimentation. Color is, after all, a fundamental aspect of painting.

Composition for Paintings

Composition for paintings

Composition is about how elements are arranged or organized in a painting. There are certain rules, or fundamentals, every painter ought to be familiar with -- even if you're intend on breaking the rules.

Abstract Art Tutorials

Abstract art

In the century or so since abstract art first hit the Western art world, we've learned to take much of it for granted though it's still probably the most misunderstood form of painting. Learn more about what exactly is meant by abstract art, and how to approach the creation of this style of painting.

Still Life Tutorials

A still life is one of the most exciting art subjects as you've got so much control over what you include, how you arrange the elements, and how you light it.

Landscape Painting Tutorials

Landscape painting

A spectacular landscape makes my fingers itch to paint it. Find out more about how to approach a landscape painting, including deciding what to include or leave out.

Figure & Portrait Tutorials

Figure and Portrait Painting

The human figure is a very appealing subject for artists, but presents an array of challenges, not least getting the proportions right so the result looks like a human and not an alien.

Perspective Tutorials

Perspective for painters

Perspective is the system or technique used by artists to create a three-dimensional illusion of what we see on a two-dimensional surface, that is a canvas or a piece of paper.

Painting Animals Tutorials

Painting animals

The beauty of animals can make for gorgeous paintings, but there are various unique challenges, not least of which is painting fur and feathers!

Video Painting Demos

Painting video demos

Watch artists at work in this collection of short video painting demos, which includes technique demonstrations and start-to-finished paintings.

Paint Like the Old and Modern Masters

Paint like the Old Masters

Studying and copies the work of famous painters and the Old Masters is both inspiring and instructional. Looking at a painting you wish you'd painted will motivate you to try something similar, while studying the way an artist worked and making a copy of a painting helps improve your own work.

Step-by-Step Painting Demos

Painting demos

Follow the development of paintings from start to finish in this collection of step-by-step painting demonstrations and tutorials.

Painting for Halloween

Painting pumpkins

Halloween is a great excuse for getting out your black paint and expressing the darker side of your personality. Just remember not to use art paints to paint your skin!

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