Learn to Paint Dynamic Portraits & Figures

adam-clague-instructorPeople are inspiring to paint! As artists, we have the amazing opportunity to capture and share the beauty of our subjects. But it can be quite a challenge!

Maybe you’ve tried to paint people, but something always seems to be lost in translation. The beauty of your subject was not conveyed through your painting.

If you want to communicate with words, you have to know the language. If you want to communicate with paint, it’s no different. You have to learn to speak the visual language. In this course, I’ll show you how to develop a command of the visual language, so you can communicate the beauty of people faithfully and dynamically.

Four years in the making, this course is packed with content—45 written lessons and 13 hours of video! I’ve designed each lesson to be a stepping stone to guide you toward making better paintings. I’ve gone over everything with a fine-toothed comb for clarity and conciseness. I have crammed this course with the most powerful and essential elements I know about painting people.

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn how to do:

In Units 1–4:

Painting Larry

  • Conquer proportions with the 4 Actions for Accurate Proportions
  • Avoid 8 common drawing pitfalls
  • Make your flat portraits come to life in 3-D form
  • Understand what “warm” and “cool” really mean
  • Convey even the most subtle forms with temperature
  • Answer “what color is that?” with the 3 Questions for Correct Color
  • Mix realistic skin colors with my 6 Guidelines for Mixing Color
  • And so much more!

In Units 5–7:

Painting Lauren

  • Know what to look for (so you don’t miss seeing it)
  • Establish 4 Essential Elements early on
  • Train your eye to see temperature
  • Understand the Main Law of Temperature
  • Empower your forms with the 7 Value Zones
  • Strengthen your paintings through simplification
  • Understand the 3 Causes of Color
  • And so much more!

In Units 8–9 (Composition):


  • Make your paintings stand out from the crowd with the 5 Principles for Powerful Picture-Making
  • Draw your viewers from across the room with the 5 Strongest Eye-Catchers
  • Make a statement with a strong center of interest or “focal point”
  • Avoid paintings that feel off-balance
  • Create a dynamic “pop” with value patterns
  • Lead your viewers on an exciting journey through your picture
  • Compose with confidence as I reveal the compositions behind some of my most successful paintings
  • And so much more!

What People Say About My Teaching

student-photo-1“I love how Adam teaches in a calm, peaceful and logical manner. I personally have had my greatest growth in skill by his instruction.”

— Desiree Y.

student-photo-3“Adam is a truly gifted artist, as confirmed by the many top awards he has received. He is a compassionate instructor, who openly shares his wealth of knowledge with his students. His observations and guidance are presented in understandable language with great empathy.”   —Teddy J.
student-photo-2“Taking one of Adam’s workshops was not only an art learning experience but a relaxed and enjoyable one. His demos were very informative, a true reflection of his talent and his command of the oil medium.”

— John U.


Can I Really Learn
To Paint Online?

I can’t replace the in-person help I give in my workshops. However, there are several things about this online course that are better than an in-person workshop:

In the Typical
In-Person Workshop:
In This
Online Course:
  • You furiously take notes so you don’t miss anything the instructor says.
  • You can pause, rewind, and watch as many times as you need!
  • You have to travel and
    pay for lodging and meals.
  • You can take this course in the comfort of your own home or studio.
  • The instructor may not present concepts in a cohesive, orderly manner.
  • Every lesson is carefully written for clear, concise instruction. Each new lesson builds on the last to help you improve your skills one step at a time.
  • You feel overwhelmed with mountains of info crammed
    into just a few days.
  • This course is packed with valuable content, but you can enjoy it at your own speed.
  • When it’s over, you’re often left wondering, “where do I go from here?”
  • Throughout the course, there are powerful exercises designed to help you improve your skills, even after you’ve finished all the lessons (see below).

You Can Continue to Improve
Even After the Course is Over

At the end of a workshop, were you ever left wondering, “where do I go from here?” I won’t lead you to the end of this course without equipping you to continue on. Throughout this course, there are powerful exercises to help you improve your skills. I’ve designed these exercises to be repeated as many times as you like, so you can continue honing your skills, even after you’ve finished all the lessons!


Lifetime Access

Your paid access will last for the lifetime of the online course!*

Money-Back Guarantee

I truly believe the online video course can help your work soar to new heights. However, if you feel the course wasn’t right for you, I will offer a full refund within 30 days of your purchase. I want you to be totally satisfied! For full policies regarding Option 3, please see here.

Choose an Option:

Option 1

22 written lessons and
a 4–hour video demo

Portrait Painting Units 1–4

$199 USD

Purchase Option 1

After purchasing, you may upgrade to a different option
by paying the difference. Please note that Option 3
has limited availability.

Option 2

45 written lessons and
2 video demos totaling 13 hours

Portrait Painting Units 1–4

$449 USD

Purchase Option 2

After purchasing, you may upgrade to Option 3
by paying the difference (when spots are available).

Option 3

(Spots will be limited)

45 written lessons and
2 video demos totaling 13 hours
Personal Critique Videos

Portrait Painting Units 1–4 Figure Painting Plus Personal Critique Videos

Watch a Sample
Personal Critique Video

Click below to watch a sample Personal Critique Video, learn more info, and discover how the early Private Opening of Option 3 can increase your chances of getting a spot.

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$949 USD
Option 3 will become publicly available
12:00pm CST on April 20, 2021*

Purchase Option 3

(Spots will be limited)

*There will also be a Private Opening on April 19. Learn more here.

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Try the course for FREE!

When you create a free account (click button below), you will receive free access to Unit 1 of the course and a 20-minute video from the course! In addition, I’ll share announcements of other educational opportunities such as workshops.

Please enjoy this free gift from me to you!

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*Not including any temporary lapses of your access that may occur from technical difficulties, etc., which I will endeavor to resolve in a timely manner. I intend for the lifetime of this online course to continue for at least 3 years from your purchase unless circumstances such as changing technology make this not feasible for me.