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Benefits at a Glance…

coursesOver 11 hours of course video and 440 pages of ebooks. Comprehensive video courses designed with the learner in mind. Each course module features a downloadable HD video and accompanying ebook. Work at your own pace and learn on your own time.
livelessonstopLive streamed lessons each week for 1 hour.  Ask questions live! Each lesson is recorded and available to members for replay. Over 90 recorded lessons (over 90 hours) are available for replay.
downloadtopDownload every video on the site (over 300 videos) Watch without an internet connection or burn them to a DVD.
The ultimate planning solution for art teachers or home schoolers. Each lesson includes presentation materials, handouts, videos, essential questions and more.


Everything that follows is included to maximize your learning…

Video Courses
Video Courses

Four video courses that feature over 11 hours of HD video and over 440 pages of eBooks.

“The Secrets to Drawing”

“Pastel Landscape Mastery”

“Oil Painting Master Series”

“The Colored Pencil Course”

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The Secrets to Drawing Video Course

Becoming a member means that you will learn from special video courses like “The Secrets to Drawing” video course. “The Secrets to Drawing” course was developed because of the need for an affordable, but complete drawing course for artists. There are plenty of drawing programs that focus on just one area of drawing but do not really address the true essence of drawing. Too many people become frustrated with drawing when just a bit of knowledge can make all the difference.

Once you have learned what drawing is really all about, then you can draw anything!

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Think it Takes Talent? Think Again.

My philosophy is that anyone can draw. “Talent” is just another word for “desire”, and if you have the desire, then you CAN draw. You see, drawing is something that requires knowledge. Michelangelo is quoted as saying “A man paints (or draws) with his brains, not with his hands.” This course equips you with the knowledge that you need to draw well.

All course lessons are presented in High Definition!

Each aspect of drawing is broken down into “easy to follow” and “easy to understand” segments complete with drawing demonstrations, commentary and eBooks. Watch every mark and understand why they are made.

“The Secrets to Drawing” course alone includes 28 modules of over 5 hours of HD video and 26 eBooks.

“The Secrets to Drawing” videos and Ebooks build upon each other. Each video gives you concise and clear instruction on the medium, technique, or concept covered.

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Each video is presented with a corresponding illustrated Ebook that demonstrates each process and breaks each technique down into easy to follow steps.

There are 178 full color pages with 498 illustrations included with this course alone.

You can watch the videos and follow along with the Ebooks while you learn and draw.

The Ebooks are designed to maximize your learning.

The Ebooks come straight form the videos making them excellent workbooks for teachers or students at home!

All of the Ebooks are in PDF form and will work on any computer.

You can print them out or access them from your computer or tablet.

  • Video 1 – “Introduction”- An introduction to “The Secrets to Drawing” video series.
  •  Video 2 – “Line” – A look at the element of art, line and its relationship to drawing. Concepts covered include contour, blind contour, line quality, and cross contour lines.
  •  Video 3 – “Shape” – A look at how shapes can be used to draw anything. Concepts covered include geometric and organic shapes, using shapes to draw objects.
  •  Video 4 – “Form” – A look at how to create the illusion of form on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include turning shapes into forms, using shadow to further the illusion.
  •  Video 5 – “Value” – This video takes a look at the element of art, value and its relationship with drawing. Concepts explored include tints, shades, highlights and shadows, and creating the illusion of a light source.
  •  Video 6 – “Space” – This video takes a look at how to create the illusion of space on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include overlapping, size, value/color, detail, placement on the paper, and linear perspective.
  •  Video 7 – “One Point Perspective” – Space is explored further in this video through one point perspective. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing point, one point perspective.
  •  Video 8 – “Two Point Perspective” – A look at how to use two point perspective to create the illusion of space in a drawing. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing points, two point perspective.
  •  Video 9 – “Three Point Perspective” – A look at creating the illusion of space through three point perspective. Concepts covered include vanishing points, horizon line, steps to three point perspective.
  •  Video 10 – “Drawing Techniques” – A look at basic drawing techniques and suggested media. Concepts covered include medium, hatching, cross hatching, blending, rendering, random lines, and stippling.
  •  Video 11 – “Drawing from Life” – Tips on drawing from life. Concepts covered include still life lighting, using a view finder, and sighting techniques.
  •  Video 12 – “Drawing from Photos” – How to draw realistic drawings from photographs. Concepts covered include cropping photos, editing photos, creating a grid, drawing with the aid of the the grid.
  •  Video 13 – “Composition” – How to create successful compositions in drawings. Concepts covered include sketching thumbnails, positive and negative space, Plato’s Rule, The Rule of Thirds, The Golden Mean, eye movement, and how to create focal points.
  •  Video 14 – “Graphite” – A description and characteristics of the drawing medium, graphite. Concepts explored include graphite grades, characteristics, forms, and techniques.
  •  Video 15 – “Charcoal” – A look at the drawing medium, charcoal. Concepts covered include charcoal forms and applications.
  •  Video 16 – “Drawing with Ink” – An exploration of the drawing medium of ink. Concepts covered include ink wash, choosing the right ink, pen and ink applications with a nib pen.
  •  Video 17 – “Color” – A look at the three parts of color theory and how it influences color choices in our drawings. Concepts covered include: the color wheel, primary, secondary, tertiary, color values, color intensity, psychological effects of color, color schemes, monochromatic, complementary, color triads, color tetrads, analogous, warm, cool, split complementary.
  •  Video 18 – “Colored Pencils” – How to use colored pencils. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, building up colors, burnishing, and adding details.
  •  Video 19 – “Oil Pastels” – An exploration into the drawing medium of oil pastels. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, and landscape drawing with oil pastels.
  •  Video 20 – “Soft Pastels” – An in-depth look at the use of soft pastels in the creation of a seascape. Concepts covered include proper use of soft pastels including smudging and layering colors.
  •  Video 21 – “Facial Proportions” – A look at basic facial proportions from the front and profile views. Concepts covered include general locations of facial features and placement relationships.
  •  Video 22 – “The Eye” – An in-depth look at drawing a human eye.
  •  Video 23 – “The Nose and the Mouth” – A look at drawing the nose and the mouth.
  •  Video 24 – “The Ear” – A look at drawing the human ear with graphite.
  •  Video 25 – “Hair” – A look at drawing hair with graphite.
  •  Video 26 – “Basic Figure Drawing” – A basic introduction to figure drawing including a simple four step method for drawing a figure.
  •  Video 27 – “Foreshortening” – Drawing the figure in perspective.
  •  Video 28 – “Conclusion” – A review of the course and a plan for moving forward.
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A Glance at What You Get With This Course…

This course features 28 Videos and 26 eBooks

Videos and Ebooks

“The Secrets to Drawing” Video Course is part of membership, but you are interested in the stand alone version of the course, it can be purchased here.

Take a FREE Sneak Peak at this course. Click Here For Details

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Also included…

Pastel Landscape CourseMembers also learn from the “Pastel Landscape Mastery” video course – a complete course on drawing landscapes using pastels. This course provides the student with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules.

“Pastel Landscape Mastery” features 15 total modules that include over 200 minutes (nearly 4 hours) of HD videos and 148 pages of ebooks.

Pastel Landscape Course

What you will learn in “Pastel Landscape Mastery”…

  • How to choose the right materials
  • How to create the illusion of space through atmospheric perspective using an ordered approach
  • How to paint a dramatic sky through color choice and composition
  • How to paint realistic trees and foliage in a landscape
  • How to paint realistic rocks and flowing water
  • How to paint architectural elements in a scene and create the illusion of details
  • How to use the mark to create the illusion of moving water
  • The power of using silhouettes in a landscape
  • Pastel Technique – Dry Wash
  • Pastel Technique – Wet Wash
  • Pastel Technique – Scumbling
  • Pastel Technique – Feathering
  • How to use the special properties of oil pastels to create a dramatic landscape
  • How to properly mat and frame your work

Pastel Landscape Course

A Glance at What You Get With This Course…

This course features 15 Videos and 14 eBooks

Pastel Landscape Course

Take a FREE Sneak Peak at this course. Click Here For Details

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Also included…

Oil Painting CourseMembers also learn from the “Oil Painting Master Series” video course – a course designed for beginner and intermediate artists looking to get started with oil painting. This course provides an overview of the medium of oil painting and is taught by oil painter and instructor, Ashley Bane Hurst.

“Oil Painting Master Series” features 19 total modules that include over 200 minutes (over 3 hours) of HD videos and 114 pages of ebooks.

Oil Painting Course

What you will learn in “Oil Painting Master Series”…

  • How to choose the right materials, their properties, and how to use them in oil painting
  • How to prepare a support – boards, stretching, and preparing canvas
  • How to layout your palette and mix complex colors
  • How to make your own oil paints from pure pigment
  • Pre-painting fundamentals
  • The secret to blending oil paint to create smooth transitions of value and color
  • How to create an underpainting
  • How to glaze color over an underpainting using the “Old Masters” technique
  • How to paint directly using observed colors
  • How to paint on a toned surface to create dramatic contrast
  • How to paint folded cloth
  • How to paint realistic clouds
  • How to paint a representational portrait
  • How to paint Alla Prima (Wet into Wet)
  • How to use a knife to create Impasto effects in a painting
  • How to paint as an Impressionist
  • How to approach a Non-Traditional painting (Non-Objective, Abstract)
  • The secrets to creating reflection and transparency with oils

A Glance at What You Get With This Course…

This course features 19 Videos and 17 eBooks

Oil Painting Course

“Oil Painting Master Series” is part of membership, but you are interested in the stand alone version of the course, it can be purchased here.

Take a FREE Sneak Peak at this course. Click Here For Details

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Also included…

Colored Pencil CoursePLUS, Members gain access to all new courses like “The Colored Pencil Course”. This is a brand new course for 2014. This course is designed to guide absolute beginners and intermediate artists to a level of producing professional quality colored pencil drawings through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks.

22 modules are planned for this course with 18 available now. New modules are released as they are completed (Approximately 1 new module every week).

Colored Pencil Course

You Also Get…

Weekly Live Lessons
Your membership gives you access to weekly Live Lessons and all of the prerecorded lessons as well! Each week a new lesson is streamed LIVE for members. It’s as close to a live class as you can get. Members are able to chat, ask questions, and make comments during the lesson.  Subject matter and media vary from week to week, but requests are encouraged!

Most lessons occur on Thursday evenings at 8:00 PM EST, and if you can’t make it – No problem.  All of the lessons are recorded and posted within a few days of airing for members to stream or download.

Live Lessons

Presently, Over 90 recorded lessons are available, with a new one added each week.

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Download all of the videosMembers are able to download all of the videos offered at TheVirtualInstructor.com. Members can download the videos to their computer and watch them without an internet connection.

Put them on a flash drive, external drive, your computer, or burn them to a DVD.  Create your own collection of lessons.

Download Videos

Presently, there are over 300 videos for members to download, with new videos added on a regular basis.

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The Ultimate Lesson PlanMembership also includes “The Ultimate Lessons Plan”. “The Ultimate Lesson Plan” is a complete classroom solution for middle and high school teachers. Each lesson plan includes a description, procedures, a list of materials, introduction videos, supplemental videos, Essential Questions, PowerPoint presentations, Keynote presentations, an example of completed work, art history examples, an artwork evaluation form, printable full color handouts, and a quiz.

The first 12 lesson units (over one academic semester) are available now with more to be added to comprise an entire year’s course work.

Ultimate Lesson Plan for Teachers

These lessons are suitable for advanced middle school students to intermediate high school students.

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What members have to say…

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“I’ve only been a member for a few days and have only begun to explore the course, but I am truly surprised at how much is packed into each lesson that I have encountered so far. I think that Matt’s course can, perhaps, help one to compress several years worth of formal art instruction into several months by virtue of the course being concise and to the point. I hope so; I have many lost years to make up for.” -Daniel

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“Hi- I am an art instructor at three schools. I just wanted you to know that I have been showing many of your tutorials online in class. (Even in my 7-8th grade Jr High art class). In every school, these video tutorials have been VERY well received. I find I have great success with them and the students respond favorably to them. Thank you for the concise and knowledgeable tutorials. Keep them coming! With these at my disposal, even the student who struggles with art can succeed!” -Sue

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“this is just a short message to thank you a million for this amazing course that you’ve put together and shared with the world. I love spending my evenings watching your videos. You provide solid instructions, your voice is so clear and soothing and your material caters for all sort of learning styles: from ebook to videos to try it yourself. BIG THANK YOU from Vancouver, Canada!!!” -Lara

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“Just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you for your practical and clear tutorials. I have been getting back into drawing after many years of neglecting it and was feeling super depressed about how rusty I am. It has really helped my confidence to watch your videos and learn from you. For the first time in my life I have realized that drawing hands is actually totally manageable!” -Carolyn

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If you are not completely satisfied with membership after you purchase, simply contact me and I will be more than happy to refund your purchase – no questions asked! You can essentially try out membership risk free. I’m sure you’ll find that it helps you out, but if it doesn’t – you’re completely covered.

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