Zen and the Art of Art is a series of Learn to Paint and Draw books based on over 15 years of teaching by multi-award winning full time professional artist Jacqueline Hill. Covering everything you need to know from foundations to advanced techniques, these guides, explained in a way that makes it easy to understand and remember, take you through, step by step to overcome your own inner demons, and paint like a real artist.

Books

Zen and the Art of Art: Foundations

Watch the opening of our first book

Zen and the Art of Art: Dimensions

(Book 2 – coming soon)

About the upcoming Book 2

Ever looked at a painting you’re creating and known that there’s something just not right about it, but not known what? How can you fix a problem in a painting if you don’t even know what the problem is?

This book will guide you through with a blueprint plan of how to find problems in your paintings and exactly what to do to fix them. The tips in this book will become part of your painting toolbox that you won’t be able to do without. You will become confident at how to create paintings that really work.

Includes:

  • A Treasure Map with 10 pathways to find your way to finishing a painting (even if you think it’s lost)
  • 4 ways to make your paintings look real, 3D and believable
  • Actionable steps to build your confidence and kick-start an art career

free how-to art videos

Ninja Art Secrets of Earth, Air, Fire and Water

How can Earth, Air, Fire and Water help you create art? Get your Zen Art Mind ready and watch these tips! We'll start with Air: Now let's look at Earth: Looking at Fire: Looking at water: Happy painting!Check out these other free videosWhat to learn more? Visit the...

Ninja Art Varnishing Demo

Varnishing is an important way to protect your beautiful, finished artwork — and is also brings out all the delightful colours.Watch this demo on how to varnish an acrylic painting: Now here's a bonus tip for looking after your varnishing brush without having to...

Ninja Art Varnishing Tips

Here's three great videos all about varnishing, why you should varnish artworks and what type of varnish is best to use.If you already know about varnish and want to jump straight into the action, check out this post:Let's start at the Beginning: Why should paintings...

Measuring with a Pencil

Learn how to break Modern Mind by measuring with a pencil in this free video with Jacqueline Hill.Check out these other free videos

How to Crosshatch

Learn the basics and different types of crosshatching in this free video with Jacqueline Hill.Check out these other free videos

Create a Tonal Ruler

Learn how to create your own Tonal Ruler in this free video with Jacqueline Hill.Check out these other free videos

Ninja Art Eraser Tips

Here's four great videos full of all my tips and tricks for using erasers. I use these techniques myself all the time, so enjoy!My favourite pencil-eraser combo — and an extra ninja trick!All sorts of erasers I use:A cool tip for getting the most out of plastic...

online art tips & courses

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Face-to-Face Learning

Learn from Jacqueline Hill in one of her popular art classes.

Weekly Classes

Weekly classes are held in her Brisbane, Australia studio for everyone ranging from total beginners to experienced painters.

Art Retreats

Treat yourself to a luxury art adventure full of colour, inspiration and great experiences. Suits total beginners and experienced painters.

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