Still life oil painting by Sadie Valeri - Black Jug

Online Atelier: Painting

Sadie Valeri teaches all three major methods of historical oil painting: Alla Prima, Direct, and Indirect. All courses are immediately available upon signup, and online students can choose which method to focus on first.

All Sadie's videos are included in the Online Atelier. The videos are also available for individual purchase as Digital Downloads or shipped on USB card.

Online Atelier members also have access to additional bonus painting videos demonstrating these methods, including 15 hours of demonstrations and lectures from her popular "Three Methods of Oil Painting" in-studio workshop.

For students who can devote 10-20 hours per week, the online painting program takes about a year to work through all the lessons. 

Weekly Feedback

Once registered, members have the option to upgrade for personal feedback, offered as written critiques, for an additional $30/month. Please note: A proficiency with drawing must be demonstrated before feedback is given for painting. Painting students generally spend at least 2-6 months drawing before starting the painting lessons.
Pandemic Update 2020: We are currently offering Weekly Feedback twice each week instead of the usual once per week for no additional fee, as our way to offer extra support during this difficult time.

Image: Direct Oil Painting by Sadie Valeri

Alla Prima Oil Painting

Contemporary Impressionist
This single-session, wet-in-wet method works best for quickly capturing fast-changing subjects like flowers and landscapes with fresh brush strokes.

Alla prima painting method is taught in the Online Atelier. Individual video lessons are also available for purchase as Video Downloads, or on USB card


Image: Alla Prima Oil Painting by Sadie Valeri

Painting by Sadie Valeri of Roses

Direct Oil Painting

Italian Renaissance
An efficient method for creating a finished painting within a few days, starting with an under drawing and under painting, and completed with just one or two additional color layers.

Direct painting method is taught in the Online Atelier. Individual video lessons are also available for purchase as Video Downloads, or on USB card


Image: Direct Oil Painting by Sadie Valeri

Direct still life oil painting by Sadie Valeri of green bottle and shell

Indirect Oil Painting

Dutch Golden Age
The most time-consuming and technical of the three methods, indirect oil painting starts with a detailed graphite line drawing and gray-scale under painting, followed by several layers of full-color painting, including glazing and scumbling for a highly refined finish.  

Indirect painting method is taught in the Online Atelier. Individual video lessons are also available for purchase as Video Downloads, or on USB card


Image: Indirect Oil Painting by Sadie Valeri

Indirect still life oil painting by Sadie Valeri Wrapped Silver Goblet

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