Which course should I take?

  • Loosen Up and Find Joy in Your Art: All Levels

    "Loosen Up and Find Joy in Your Art" was created to help artists of all levels discover new ways to approach their art practice, overcome roadblocks that may be holding them back, and experience joy every time they approach the canvas. The course teaches a step-by-step approach to creating an abstract floral painting. You will have at least one complete painting by the time you finish the course. This is a course using acrylic paint. This course I appropriate for all levels. It's a great course to begin your art practice, but also a wonderful course for more experienced artists who are looking for a fun and fresh approach in their art practices.

  • Romantic Roses: Level 2

    "Romantic Roses" was designed specifically to teach students how to create dreamy rose paintings in acrylic paint. The course teaches not only how to paint roses, but also how create atmospheric, impressionistic backgrounds reminiscent of dappled, sunlit gardens. "Romantic Roses" is better suited for a Level 2 artist, someone who is familiar with artist tools such as brushes, palette knives and pastels.

  • All About Abstracts: All Levels

    "All About Abstracts" was made for anyone passionate about mastering abstract painting. The course will teach about color theory, composition and proper tools and techniques. "All About Abstracts" is appropriate for all levels. It's a great place to start your art practice, but also a wonderful course for more experienced artists who are looking for a fun and fresh approach in their art practices. Even though the course addresses abstract painting, the principles apply to any style of painting. With sections on Color, Composition and Tools & Techniques, this is really 3 courses in one, and so it is priced higher than the others. It is chocked full of valuable information and lessons.

  • Painting Elegant Peonies: Level 2

    "Painting Elegant Peonies" is a fun course in which you will learn my techniques for painting peonies with a silicone wedge instead of a brush. You will learn techniques such as underpainting and glazing, which is a different approach than many artists are used to. You will be able to create a peony painting in a weekend, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. This is a course for Level 2 students, meaning you should have some artistic ability and knowledge before you begin.

  • Painting Roses is Easy!: Level 3+

    "Painting Roses is Easy!" is full of wonderful content to help more advanced artists change their approach and start painting their most beautiful and seemingly effortless roses ever. Students will learn how to work from their photo references and create preliminary sketches to help them plan better paintings. There's also a great section on making paintings come alive by thoughtfully choosing colors that play beautifully together. I'll teach using what colors and supplies I like, but students can choose to use their own colors, and this course can be done in both oil paints and acrylic paints! This course is appropriate for a Level 3 artist -- that is, someone who has a background in painting and drawing, but wants to overcome creative roadblocks and advance in their creative skillset.

About the Instructor

Kathleen Rietz

Illinois native Kathleen Rietz attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago in the late 80s, deciding on a career path in commercial art. She spent 30 years freelancing as a designer and illustrator. In the early 2000’s, Kathleen was offered a job teaching art through an adjunct program at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. This ignited her desire for teaching, and the belief that fine art fundamentals are the foundation of great art. In 2018, Kathleen left the world of commercial art in pursuit of painting. Her paintings are sold internationally. During the height of the pandemic in 2020, Kathleen heeded the call of many of her social media followers to teach online. Kathleen now teaches online art courses and workshops. In 2022, Kathleen won a Silver Award in Camelback Gallery’s international Bold Abstracts competition, and a Bronze Award in their International Flower Power competition. She credits teaching others with making her a stronger artist. “For every course I create, I dive deep into practical application, which means I am constantly learning and growing in my knowledge of art."