Welcome to the Art School

Learn how to paint with oils and improve your technique with professional artist Michael James Smith. Find out what to expect when you become a member by watching the short video below.

Michael has developed his oil painting technique over many years and enjoys creating vibrant and photorealistic oil paintings. Even if you are a total novice to painting with oils, you needn’t feel intimidated or afraid, as there is something for everyone in the online art school. Michael will teach you all you need to know, from the oil painting basics of setting up your palette and colour mixing, through to being confident enough to paint a detailed water scene, with surface movement and reflections.

Once you become a member, each oil painting tutorial is available to watch instantly online, so there’s no need to spend time downloading. To ensure that you get the best experience, it is advisable to have a reasonable internet connection.

On average a full length tutorial for members of my Art School, is between 5-7 hours, with no time-lapse content at all.

Please select a Tutorial below to see a short preview video:

Autumn Tree

How to Paint an Autumn Tree

Thatched Cottage

How to Paint a Thatched Cottage

Rose Tutorial

How to Paint a Rose

Horse painting photo

How To Paint A Horse

Mountain Painting

How to Paint Mountains

wave 13x13

How To Paint An Ocean Wave


How To Paint A Puddle

Champagne painting photo

How To Paint A Champagne Glass


How To Paint An Eye

Cloud Tutorial

How To Paint A Cloudy Sky

Snow lesson Painting Photo

Winter In Austria


How To Paint A Winter Tree

Lesson 6

How To Paint A River

Lesson 5

How To Paint A Lily Flower

Lesson 3

How To Paint Water

Lesson 2

How To Paint A Seascape

Lesson 4

How To Paint An Apple

Lesson 1

How To Paint A Landscape