Just imagine for a moment... painting clouds like you've always dreamed!

But if you're wondering... How do I make my clouds look real? What colors should I use? Which brush works best for what? Where do I even start??? 

Then Painting Dramatic Clouds is for you!

If you’ve watched my videos on Instagram and wished they were longer so you could learn more... 

Then this course is for you!

I invite you to join me virtually in my studio and paint along with me while I demystify clouds and teach you the magic of painting a cloudscape.

By the end of this online course, you'll have completed a cloudscape painting of your own and gained new skills you can apply to painting other landscapes. Plus, you'll have the confidence to paint your next cloudscape!

I'll see you in the studio!


(If you're an acrylic painter, good news! While I paint in oils, yes you CAN also use acrylics in this course. See the FAQ section below for more information.)

How the course works

Once you’ve enrolled you’ll get immediate access to all the video lessons – no waiting for class to begin! (Scroll down below to see the full curriculum.)

You can either watch all the lessons first, or dive right in – you have complete flexibility to go-at-your-own-pace whenever it works for your schedule

The painting sessions are structured as if you're right here in my studio with a front row seat

You'll watch over my shoulder as we paint a cloudscape together from beginning to end

I'll explain what we’re doing every step of the way – you can also ask me questions in the student discussion forum inside the course

With lifetime access, you can watch the video lessons as many times and as often as you like

This course is entirely stream-able, making it easy to watch on any device

Progress tracking lets you know which lessons you’ve finished so you can come back anytime and start back where you left off

Don't just take my word for it, here's what other artists have to say about Painting Dramatic Clouds, from beginners to experienced painters:

"This is not only a fantastic introduction to clouds - Layne provides great detail on how to mix colours, what brushes to use and consistency of paint - all important for oil painting. I've learnt a lot in this regard since it isn't my usual medium, and I've found a new love for it again having failed with it previously. Happy Painting!"

—Ellie S.

"An online course for painting is something that never occurred to me, but it was exactly what I needed. This was also my first painting lesson since I started painting 4 years ago. Your teachings (from Instagram to the course) have been really useful, and I'm thankful for that. I especially like the photo that you chose and the bonus material where we, the students, can hear you talk more about things that are important to know if you want to be a painter. Thanks again, I'll enroll in any other course you might open."

—Martin G.

"I love clouds and wanted to learn to paint them better. I feel I took my cloud-painting up to the next level by taking your class. I plan to do a second painting on the same reference photo to see if I can improve on the first. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise."

—Eileen S.

"I have taken several online courses to improve my painting but this one is the best by far in teaching me new techniques. I feel so much more confident now when I pick up my brush - and I have reviewed the course several times. I'm sure I will continue to learn from it.

Thanks so much for your time and effort! When is the next one?!"

—Judy R.

"Every year I try to learn something new. I have zero painting experience so your class is the first class of instruction I've ever signed up for. Before I started my painting I wanted to do a ‘dry run’ and watched the videos to get an understanding of what to do. (Phenomenal by the way.)

This format has been great, super easy to navigate."

—Michael B.

"Do not hesitate to take a painting lesson from Layne! Not only does he have the knowledge but he also has the ability to articulate the lesson in bite-size pieces so you are able to have a very successful painting at the end of it all. It was a complete joy to learn from Layne Johnson.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced painter you will learn a lot 
at your own pace with an exceptional professional artist!"

—Judy A.

Course Curriculum

  Orientation: welcome - start here!
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  Supplies & Resources
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  Special: For acrylic painters
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  Stage 1: Drawing on the Canvas
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  Stage 2: Creating the Underpainting
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  Stage 3: Blocking in and Modeling Forms
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  Stage 4: Details and Adjustments
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  Student Gallery
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Enrollment includes lifetime access to 4 hours of pre-recorded video lessons

Take the course at your own pace, whenever it works with your schedule. There's no set time that you have to be "in class." And there’s no pressure to complete everything within a set amount of time.

Plus, with lifetime access, you can refer back to the course and watch the video lessons as many times as you’d like.


Hey there, I'm Layne Johnson.

I’ve been a painter most of my life.

I understand what it feels like to be all alone, frustrated, trying to figure things out all by yourself. Not knowing if you’re doing things “right”. Not knowing what you don’t know...

The truth is, most of us are self-taught. Despite my own BFA, many years spent as an illustrator and graphic designer, and many more years as a children’s book artist – it took me a long time to learn what works. Figuring out a process that helps me create rich, realistic landscapes. A repeatable process that works.

Yes, I believe anyone can learn to paint realistic landscapes. But I understand how hard it is – and how much time it takes – when you're figuring it all out on your own. Sometimes, it just takes someone who’s been there before, to show you the way.

Since 2018 I’ve helped more than 2,000 painters from around the world improve their painting skills. And I've shared the secrets I've learned over 30+ years as a professional artist.

I hope you'll join me, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You'll have access to the complete course as soon as you enroll. No waiting! Since this is a completely self-paced online course, you decide when you start painting and when you finish. You can login 24x7x365 (forever!) and watch or rewatch any of the lessons all at your own convenience and your own pace.

How much time do I need to complete the course?

Since everyone works at a different pace, there's not a specific one-size-fits-all answer. You can complete the course as fast or as slow as you like – it's entirely up to you how quickly you want to paint. And of course, you can go through the lessons as often as you'd like. The course includes almost 4 hours of video lessons. Each lesson is broken down into bite-sized chunks ranging from less than 2 minutes to a little over 40 minutes. You can space the course out over several weeks or binge it in one weekend if that's your thing!

How long do I have access to the course?

Does "forever" sound good? After enrolling, you'll have unlimited access to this course as long as it exists on the internet (which we hope is forever!).

What if I find the course isn't for me?

It’s important to me that this course helps you improve your painting skills. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first 30 days and we'll give you a full refund. I'm confident, though, if you follow through with the lessons you will understand clouds and how to paint them a bit better. Remember, getting better as a painter takes time, patience and most importantly, lots of practice.

Who is the course best for?

This course is perfect for any artist who wants to learn how to paint clouds.

What's the best way to approach the course?

A number of students have found it beneficial to watch the lessons first, before they start painting. Some have painted a small study before proceeding to the larger canvas. But it's completely up to you.

I'm not in the US, can I take this course?

Yes, as long as you have internet access, where you are doesn't matter. That's one of the wonderful things about an online course – you can fit the lessons into your schedule, you don't need to fit your painting into my schedule. Plus no travel required!

I’m an acrylic painter – can I take this course too?

Absolutely! If you're more comfortable working in acrylics (I worked in acrylics for many years), you can certainly use those instead. You'll just need to remember that acrylics dry much faster than oils and adjust your approach. Much of the content applies to both oils and acrylics. I've also included a couple short bonus videos inside the course for acrylic painters.

What kind of supplies will I need?

I'll provide you a complete list of recommended supplies, including paint colors, mediums and painting surfaces. If you're more comfortable working in acrylics, you can certainly use those instead of oils. You’ll just need to change some of the supplies that don’t apply to acrylics. The paint colors are available in both oils and acrylics (or you can mix your own).

If you'd like to take a look at the supplies list now, scroll up to the curriculum and click the preview button next to "Supplies you'll need".

Can I download the content / videos?

All the PDFs are downloadable and printable. Videos are not downloadable, but you'll have access to them forever!

"This is an excellent course — definitely worth checking out! 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.

"I'm really enjoying your "Painting Dramatic Clouds" video course. I'm working on a small 5x7 study just to feel out the technique and will then do a 9x12 or 18x24. Great instructional teaching and I encourage you to do more of these.

For others considering this course, if you enjoy Layne's paintings and techniques, then sign up for this course. It's really awesome and professionally done."

Trey K.

"Mr. Layne’s class is so peaceful and educational. My work shall change because of his clear instruction.

I felt like I was in art class and my instructor was painting with me. The music was perfect."

—Donna A.

Get Started Now!


I'm pretty positive you are going to love this course. To put your mind completely at ease, though, this course comes with a 100% risk-free guarantee.

Ask for a refund within the first 30 days and we'll give you 100% of your money back.

Remember, getting better as a painter takes time, patience and most importantly, lots of practice.

This course will help you get there. Guaranteed.

Still have questions?

Email us at [email protected]

We're happy to help!

Note: Course prices are in USD and will automatically convert to your local currency at checkout.