Introduction to Materials for Artists

Is there a particular art material or medium that you have been wanting to explore? Are you interested in getting an overview on all art media and how they relate? This unique, beginner-friendly course by comedic instructor Sheldon Borenstein is what you've been looking for! Follow along with an experienced professional artist (Disney, Warner Brothers) as you learn how each material (pen, pencil watercolor, pastels, oil paints, and more!) works by depicting the same scene in a systematic and fun way!

10 Lessons 6h 21m 20s of videos

Level 1

In this video lesson Sheldon Borenstein will teach you how to work with charcoal. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. Perhaps the original drawing material, charcoal is just burned wood but it is […]

Level 2

In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. Common and affordable throughout the world, colored […]
In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. Popular with illustrators, comic artists, and many […]

Level 3

In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. The fountain pen is a mechanical evolution […]

Level 4

In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. First introduced in the 1950s, acrylic paints […]
In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. The gold standard of the professional painter, […]
In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. Popular around the world, watercolors or gouache […]

Common Questions

Which materials are covered in this course?

This course teaches you how to use graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, markers, fountain pen & wash, the waterbrush, brushes, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors & gouache, and pastels!

Can I follow this course digitally (Photoshop, Procreate)?

Like all New Masters academy courses you can follow along using a tablet mimicking the materials and techniques as you please.

Is this course beginner friendly?

Yes! This is a great introduction to all of these materials.

Do I have to follow this course sequentially?

Unlike most courses at New Masters Academy you can jump around and learn just the materials you like.