- A MUST for serious art students! Review by Betsy
I have been studying art as a hobby for a number of years. I've taken community college courses, workshops and atelier courses and studied many art books. I heard about Johannes Vloothuis from another accomplished artist and decided to try a very affordable 4-week paint-along.
I have to say that my art improved more in the 4 weeks, than it did in the past 10 years!
These sessions are exceptionally good for those of use whose learning style is through DOING. In my opinion, you can really grow, if you actually paint along with him (and try to keep up!). It is a great exercise to follow an experienced artist stroke by stroke, color by color, all the while listening to WHY and HOW you are doing what you are doing. By doing AND listening, the lessons really become ingrained in your brain. I've surprised even myself with the complete sketches I've made during his classes, and the practice has led to increased speed of execution, which means fresher, looser work. I have then used the sketches to make larger, much better paintings, which have led to an increase in inquiries from my own fans for paid work! (And I am still a novice with a long, long way to go!)
And if you miss a class--no worries--you can download it to your PC later, and complete the paint-along at your own convenience.
I urge all serious art students to give a paint-along a try! It doesn't cost much, and chances are you will be hooked on Vloothuis for some time to come. I know I am, and I can't wait to see where my art will be in the future.
(Posted on 11/7/13)
- Fabulous teacher Review by Suzanne
I've been returning to Jo's classes for about 3 years. I can't say enough great things about him. He repeats his golden nuggets for those of us who need repetition, as well as newcomers. He has mastery of many mediums, but does not talk down to his students. He treats each question with respect.
I also love the way we get a download of each class, so if we have to miss a weekend, we can go back and watch in our spare time.
He has taught me more about understanding color, value and composition than all of college!
(Posted on 10/12/13)
- Outstanding teacher Review by Harry
I've been with Johannes for about 3 years. Not only is Jo an accomplished artist but he understands how folks learn about art. He explains as he goes why you may want to paint something a certain way instead of just telling you to do it.
You can get more out of one class with Jo than you can with many classes with other instructors. My art has improved a great deal after deciding to follow Jo.
(Posted on 10/11/13)
- Fantastic! Review by Connie
I didn't learn about Johannes until his Painting Landscapes from Photographs classes were over but, I signed up for every class he has had since then. I also bought all the classes I missed. His knowledge and ability to impart that knowledge to his students is incredible. I am waiting for his new book to be released and for all future classes!
(Posted on 10/9/13)
- Wonderful lessons Review by Betty
I love the way JO explains what he is thinking as he works.
I especially value hearing him talk about artistic editing.
This is such a valuable input for me. I can replay and watch
at my convenience. He provided picture reference and sketch.
I favor watercolor, but watching him work in oil was inspiring.
He did watercolor, oil, and will do pastel.
Where else could I get so much input so affordably?
(Posted on 10/9/13)
- Time zone difference Review by Tsai
Don't know where to ask this question.
I live in Taiwan. The time zone here is 12 hours ahead of EST. Therefore 1~5pm EST is 1~5am here, just happens to be during the sleep hours.
Is it possible to put it online after the classes (although viewers here will miss the Q&A opportunities) ?
(Posted on 9/27/13)
- Classes with Johannes and Kenneth, are awesome Review by Eileen
Classes (almost 2 yrs) with Johannes and now with his son Kenneth are so far over the top of what is usually offered, it is easy to get spoiled by having the best, best instructors, best instruction, best money spent, best time invested.
Johannes and Kenneth, you have enriched and expanded my world, improved my art and are teaching me how to see, think, and respond in new ways to express myself, using a variety of medias (oil, watercolor, and now also pan-pastels). I am privileged to be amongst your web students and one day hope to do a workshop live with you.
Looking forward to more classes and Paint-Alongs.
(Posted on 9/20/13)
- the BEST teacher Review by Suzanne
I have been taking his classes for about 2 years now. You can't beat the amount of info he gives. He is very personal and will address your questions by name. His style is fun and easy to follow, but still has ways to learn, even for experienced painters!
You really canNOT beat the price, either! It works out to about a dollar per hour of time spent with Johannes. I have gotten more info here than through any "in person" workshop ever.
(Posted on 4/3/13)
- Outstanding Review by Becky
I live in an area where there are no options for art classes. So I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take these classes online.These Saturday paint alongs are so informative. Johannes does an outstanding job of painting and teaching and answering questions.
(Posted on 12/29/12)