Step-by-step guided lessons

Classical painting techniques

Designed for today's painters

Learn to paint in oils

Do you love to paint realistic landscapes?

I believe painting in layers can be the easiest and most forgiving way to learn to paint. AND really enjoyable, too!

So I've made it my mission to demystify painting realistic landscapes.
To provide you step-by-step instructions in classic painting techniques and important fundamentals.

Getting started is easy!


in a course


with me


your skills

All courses are designed for painters who want to elevate and improve their painting skills. From beginners to more experienced painters,  you'll learn important fundamentals to accelerate your development.
Once enrolled the school acts as your very own library of video art lessons that you can go through at your own pace. No need to worry about time differences or scheduling – you choose the best time to paint.
You also get lifetime access so you can go through the lessons as many times as you want to refresh your skills – learning something new each time.

What students are saying...

"This is an excellent course... I have struggled with clouds since the beginning of trying to paint. I truly recommend this course as it finally helped me understand where I was missing out. I found it to be paced at my pace and was easy to navigate and repeat sections over and over that I needed to. It's so worth it!"

—Becky B.

"Having painted for a few years without much guidance it was amazing to have access to such detailed explanations. Layne takes you step-by-step with stunning visuals of the canvas coming to life (and the palette becoming messier!) set to narration and relaxing music. It was a pleasure to complete the course over months – setting up my painting gear with a cup of tea and blocking off an hour or two to paint the next stage. I know that I will come back to this video in the future and discover new learning points. I can't wait for more!"

—Toby M.

"I really have learned a lot of things that I know I’ll use from now on in every painting I do. I loved seeing the ENTIRE process of how you complete a painting, from the block in to the final touches! Thank you for the wonderful course, it’s definitely improved my painting and I look forward to the next one."

—Mitchell Z.

Learn to paint realistic landscapes based on Classical painting techniques

Hey there, I'm Layne Johnson

Welcome to art school!

You know, I started painting in the same way most everyone does. Paint on a brush, applied to pure white canvas.

But what if I told you there's a different way? A classic way, and for me, a better way.

I believe anyone can learn to paint realistic paintings with the right guidance and a path forward. But I understand how hard it is to figure out what that path is on your own. 

Sometimes all you need is a guide to show you the way.

Which is why I created my online art school. To teach you the things I've learned over more than 30 years as a professional artist. (In an online format that gives you ultimate flexibility.)

To save you time and frustration learning it on your own. To help you enjoy your journey.

I invite you to join me virtually in my studio.

Come paint with me.

Ready to learn techniques the Old Masters used?

To get started, get your free copy of Begin with an Imprimatura – it will immediately help you jumpstart your paintings!

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