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Improving Your Brush Confidence & Agility

Using the principles of ink wash painting to refine and enhance your painting skills.

4.65 / 5.0
447 students2 hours 2 minutes

Created by Jill Poyerd, offered on Udemy

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"Once again a stunning course, I have learnt so much about using brush strokes and ink to convey different effects. I will definitely pursue this form of art as a hobby." - Jennifer F.

This skill-building course uses the permanence of ink and the fast absorption of unsized paper to teach students how to paint more confidently and to use their brush in a more creative, strategic way. Although working with ink throughout most of the class, students can then translate the information learned to their chosen painting medium.

The course begins with an overview of ink and how it performs on rice paper. Students then practice painting forms, pushing their minds on how they can best convey the form in the least amount of strokes. After that, students mimic simple paintings as a way to apply the brushwork and learn about the use of white space in a composition.

Next, students interpret photographs of scenes, and then add a single color, carefully gauging the color’s impact and placement within the scene. The course ends with two activities intended to help students apply what they learned to their primary painting medium.

At the end of this course, students should notice an improvement in their brush handling, feel more confident when they stroke the brush, be better able to eliminate unnecessary details, and more aptly simplify forms.

This is a hands-on training class for artists working in any medium.

2 hours of lecture; 26 student activities

What you will learn

  • Brush techniques that can improve agility.
  • Easier form simplification.
  • Increased confidence when applying paint.
  • Strategic use of white space.
  • Improved appreciation for the use of values.


  • There are no prerequisites for this class, although general painting knowledge is helpful.
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  • Price: $44.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 2 hours 2 minutes
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bestcourses score: 5.4/10

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