Michael Fuchs Online Course



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Fantastic Realism with Michael Fuchs

April 24th – June 12th, 2021

Every painting, regardless of genre or subject matter, should be a good one… and some of them even great! The objective of this course is to establish what makes a painting a compelling work of art that enlightens our intellect and ignites our spirit.

We will be incorporating methods of realistic representation to endow images born of our imagination with the persuasiveness of nature studies. There will be much to explore, discover and learn through this seminar and we will use examples throughout the whole of art history, especially that of the Western world from Giotto to contemporary artists such as De Es Schwertberger.

Each participant will be invited to create a painting from beginning to end alongside the teacher and class in a step by step process.

The class will gather LIVE each Saturday for 8 weeks, alternating lectures/ demonstrations with student review/ Q & A every other week. The Group Reviews will have a submission process every other week and 10-15 student works will be chosen to review that touch on valuable teaching points.

Students will be invited to join a private group to interact with one other and ask questions from the team. Playbacks of each session will be posted within 24 hours of the class and available for the following 3 months. Extensions will be available for a fee.

Individual consultations with the instructor will be available per appointment.


The course is divided into four parts: Composition, Flow of light, The Palette (color) and Technique.

These four aspects of painting are naturally interwoven but must be reviewed separately so as to study them in greater detail. The mastering of these elements will ensure the creation of a work of art that possesses unity of effect, where the sum of its details are subordinated to its overarching pictorial concept.

1. Composition
By composition we generally mean the placement in outline form of the elements of the painting. Think of the arrangements of objects in a still life or of figures in a portrait of a family. This is complicated enough when arranging the elements of a still life or looking for an ideal segment of a landscape. It gets even more complicated when one has to pull all of the elements out of one’s head! Thankfully there are methods and rules for composition that can help the artist to achieve the desired effect using armatures, the golden mean etc.

2. Flow of Light
Analogous to the movement of line in composition, there is also a movement with light which helps to define the three-dimensionality of the objects and their spatial relation to one another. The flow of light can create a very theatrical effect on the painting and is the dominant tool of dramaturgy which evokes emotion and leads the eye of the beholder through the painting. The unity of effect is strengthened and the disintegration of the painting is prevented by the proper distribution of light.

3. The Palette (Color)
The use of color in painting is something almost every artist struggles with, yet there are simple guidelines that the artist can use in order to take control of his or her paintings. For instance, we will learn to establish a hierarchy of color saturation, placement of color, as well as the amount of surface that the colors will occupy. We will learn about context of color, as well as address the phenomena using color to express emotions and ideas. Subtlety of skin tones, called incarnate as well as degrees of opacity and transparency in order to depict surface qualities, special relations, and aerial perspective.

4. Technique (Brushwork)
Apart from simply applying paint to a canvas, the brush is the basic tool for defining edges and depicting surface characteristics. The ductus (brush movement) of the individual artist is quite literally his or her signature imprinted onto the totality of the image. It is important to have a very sure control of this tool in order to more realistically depict objects and atmosphere in a painting. No medium can quite achieve excellency of expression like oil paint and the brush.


​Price: $600

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​24 hrs of live classes with playbacks available till September 12th, 2021.

Payment plans are also available with an initial deposit of $200 before the class begins.

All participants will be included in a private Facebook Group to share their work in progress and get feedback from the facilitators.
There will be 4 LIVE Group review sessions that students will be invited to share their work in process to learn from Michael’s refined eye and perspective.

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​Michael will also be available to book private consultations throughout the seminar.


*All sessions will be recorded and available same day via our private webpage for all students who want to review or are unable to attend in person*

Saturdays (time-zone for Pacific Standard & Central European)
1st session 9am – 11am PST / 6pm – 8pm CET
2nd session 11:30am – 1:30am PST / 8:30pm – 10:30pm CET

Week 1 – Saturday, April 24 – Lecture (2hr) & Demo (2hr) – Composition

Week 2 – Saturday, May 1 – Group Review of Students Art (2hr)

Week 3 – Saturday, May 8 – Lecture & Demo – Flow of Light

Week 4 – Saturday, May 15 – Group Review of Students Art

Week 5 – Saturday, May 22 – Lecture & Demo – The Palette – Color in Art

Week 6 – Saturday, May 29 – Group Review of Students Art

Week 7 – Saturday, June 5 – Lecture & Demo – Technique

Week 8 – Saturday, June 12 – Group Review of Students Art


1. Painting easel, capable of supporting a painting in a vertical position.

2. Canvas with a warm grey Imprimatura (recommended size: 16×20”)

3. Oil paints of good quality in tubes: titanium white, ivory black, gold ochre, cadmium light red and yellow, Naples yellow, sap green, cobalt yellow. (Add any other color that suits your fancy 🙂

4. Varnished wooden palette and two clasp on receptacles with lids for turpentine and painting medium.

5. Turpentine or Mineral Spirits and one bottle of painting medium consisting of 50% dammar varnish and 50% linseed oil.

6. Mahlstick (painting stick)

7. Brushes: The brushes should all be filberts (Katzenzungen) of different sizes and a few round brushes.