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Oil Painting Essentials

Have you ever wanted to learn oil painting online? We’ve got you covered! With the newfound knowledge that you gain from this Oil Painting course online, you will be motivated and ready to create oil masterpieces. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced artist, this course will show you how to create beautiful oil paintings!

Start your journey into oil painting now.


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Learn what you need to paint with oils in the  form of the Old Masters from the Renaissance

How to use color temperature as a color mixing method to create depth and make your color look alive

How to create a subtractive underpainting and glaze with transparent paint

How to paint with opaque paint to render form with highlights and final details

Course Description

Dimitra Milan achieved worldwide recognition as a professional artist by the age of 15, and now she is ready to share her powerful knowledge with you. Dimitra created this course with her mentor Elli Milan, the founder of Milan Art Institute, an established professional artist of  over 25 years. Together, they will teach you key techniques to start oil painting for beginners and improve your painting skills dramatically, even if you already know how to paint.

This course is designed to teach an introduction to oil painting techniques for beginners and enhance your skills if you are already an experienced painter. In this course, you won’t just be learning oil painting basics, you’ll learn the fundamentals that all professional painters need to know. This will create a solid foundation for how to paint oil on canvas with advanced painting techniques. With these skills, you can create your own process and style of painting. Utilize these oil painting instructions as motivation to move forward in your art career.

oil painting techniques for beginners by Dimitra and Elli Milan
oil painting techniques for beginners by Dimitra and Elli Milan

Structure of the course:

  • Section 1 – Classical Old Master Glaze Painting
  • Section 2 – Indirect Painting
  • Section 3 – Fat Over Lean

Each section includes a painting project, from start to finish. Each painting project will take the student between 6 - 8 hours to complete.

Price: $ 180.00 USD
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Video lessons to complete 3 different paintings, with step-by-step instructions

FREE reference photos

Lifetime access, learn at your own pace

Connect with the artist community on our exclusive platform (available on AppStore and GooglePlay)

About the Instructors:

oil painting techniques for beginners by Dimitra and Elli Milan

Elli Milan

Founding owner of Milan Art Institute, who has sold her work professionally for over 25 years. Elli has transformed the lives of thousands of artists from all over the world, helping them find their voice and turn their passion for art into a profession. She is passionate about the role of an artist in contemporary culture and a leading voice of the current Art Renaissance.

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Dimitra Milan

Generating over a million dollars of artwork sales by the age of 15, Dimitra Milan’s paintings are collected worldwide. She is pioneering a new age of artist influencers on social media, spreading beauty across the entire planet. She is a mentor and instructor at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.

oil painting techniques for beginners by Dimitra and Elli Milan

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About Milan Art Institute

Milan Art Institute is a place where passionate hearts and creative minds come together to bring visions to life. The founders, John and Elli Milan, have been working as successful collaborative artists for over 20 years and have made a living during that entire period solely through art.

Their daughter, Dimitra Milan, became a professional artist, and before turning 16, had generated over a million dollars through the sales of her own artwork. Their works have been featured in galleries across the world. And now, the Milans are sharing their insights about the art industry with everyone through their comprehensive online painting and drawing school. 

Beginners and professionals come here to master skills, learn new techniques, and join an ever-expanding community of artists. The purpose of the Milan Art Institute is to enlighten and educate a worldwide audience about the transformational power of the visual arts.

oil painting techniques for beginners by Dimitra and Elli Milan

Frequently Asked Questions

Milan Art Institute has been teaching thousands of students for the last 12 years from all over the world. The Milans are established professional artists who have been selling their work for over 25 years. Visit MAI Facebook page to read reviews from students and see their artwork and growth from the classes at MAI.

Yes! Our oil painting techniques are broken down into 3 easy-to-follow steps. By the end of each video, you will have a completed oil painting! The courses are taught step-by-step without a need for previous art knowledge. These technique classes are suitable for all levels.

They are taught by professional artists and are technique driven. The techniques are unique and innovative, but also derived from classical training from the old masters. Elli and Dimitra teach a revolutionary color theory process with color temperature that will give you greater depth in your paintings than you’ve experienced ever before.

  • Oil paints, various colors both opaque & transparent
  • Brushes: small, medium & large brushes
  • Glazing medium (Galkyd or Liquin)
  • Solvent to clean brushes
  • Canvases

Also you will receive a full detailed list of every material you’ll need when your purchase the course.


It is not necessary to have every supply, but you can pick up the few supplies you need from most art supply stores. We also sell art supply kits on our website, where value and quality were hand chosen by Dimitra and Elli.

You can pull off this technique with minimal amounts of supplies, but the more you have the better the outcome.

If you purchase a course you will have lifetime access to it.

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