Evolve Artist Class Notes Index


Here is a list of all the Evolve Artist recorded weekly live classes, and links to my notes on the following, organized by year. Click on the year to go to the page with notes for the classes listed below.

Color codes:

  • Green = For total newbies/beginners (like me!)
  • Red = Mindset
  • Blue = Professional, monetization, career-related
  • Purple = Technique
  • Orange = Q&A, Critiques
  • Pink = Other

2022 (2 classes, ongoing)

  1. Caring for Your Artists Tools Monday, January 17, 2022
    In this live class Piper discusses how to care for and store brushes, paint tubes, paintings, and medium!
  2. Proportional Drawing Tips Monday, January 31, 2022
    New to drawing from life? This video share important things to keep in mind!
  3. Live Critique Part 01 + 02 Monday, February 7, 2022
    Piper reviews 6 Evolve student’s work in this two part video series. Walk through the three moving parts of each painting (value, edge, and color) and learn from other Evolvers work!

2021 (30 classes)

  1. Proportional Measuring Thursday, January 7, 2021
    In this live class, Piper discusses some simple proportional measuring techniques to improve your accuracy.
  2. Why Intent Matters Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Kevin explains why intent is important for artists, both for professionals and beginners. Bonus explanation of the gradient technique as well!
  3. What to Expect in the Evolve Program Monday, February 1, 2021
    An explanation of each block, from 1-8, and how you can best prepare for each one!
  4. Live Q&A Monday, February 8, 2021
    Piper and Kevin answer commonly asked questions. Extra information on lighting!
  5. Comparison – Live Call with Kevin Part 01 Monday, March 22, 2021
    Kevin discusses how we compare what we do to the people around us and how to level up your mindset for success.
  6. Comparison – Live Call with Kevin Part 02 Monday, March 22, 2021
    Part 02 of the conversation on comparison. Answering the question “What happens if I lose my transfer lines while I paint?”.
  7. Creating Paintings from Imagination Monday, March 29, 2021
    Kevin discusses how he worked to create sci-fi landscapes during his illustration career and walks students through a few of his paintings that he designed props for.  
  8. Finding your Niche Monday, March 29, 2021
    Piper discusses how to start finding a niche for your work, what that means, and who can benefit from it.
  9. Creating Depth in Your Artwork Monday, May 3, 2021
    In this video, Kevin shows how to create depth using value, edge, and color on a composite photo for a painting.
  10. Evolve FAQ Session Part 01 Monday, May 10, 2021
    Kevin stops by to answer a few student questions regarding future Evolve curriculum!
  11. Evolve FAQ Session Part 02 Monday, May 10, 2021
    Piper answers frequently asked questions about the Evolve Program, blocks 1-8.
  12. How to Fix Mistakes in Your Paintings Monday, May 17, 2021
    This live class goes over the two important questions you need to ask yourself when you think there are errors in your work.
  13. Creating a Believable Portrait Monday, June 7, 2021
    Kevin explains how to reframe portrait painting and breaks down the subject into manageable steps.
  14. June New Student Q&A Monday, June 28, 2021
    Join Piper as she goes over frequently asked questions from new Evolve students!
  15. Avoiding Issues & Mistakes in Each Block Monday, July 12, 2021
    In this live class, Piper discusses how to avoid mistakes in each block, and what you can do to fix any issues that arise in your paintings.
  16. Tools to Increase Focus and Motivation Monday, July 19, 2021
    Piper goes over a few easy ways that you can capitalize your focus and motivation while in the Evolve program.
  17. Meet the Evolve Instructors – Part 01 Monday, July 26, 2021
    Meet the Evolve Instructors
    Meet the team here at Evolve! Liam, Michael, and Karen share their experiences in the Evolve program, selling and exhibiting art, and working in the digital art world.
  18. Meet the Evolve Instructors – Part 02 Monday, July 26, 2021
    Meet the team here at Evolve! Liam, Michael, and Karen share their experiences in the Evolve program, selling and exhibiting art, and working in the digital art world.
  19. Keeping Color Simple for Painting Wednesday, August 4, 2021
    Kevin and Daniel Folta discuss color and how to keep color simple while painting.
  20. Q&A w/ Piper Monday, August 16, 2021
    Join Piper as she answers student questions, from values to technique, in this live class!
  21. Gradient Tips & Tricks Monday, August 30, 2021
    A few additional points to keep in mind as you work through the gradients!
  22. Evolve Artist Teaching Methodology Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Evolve Founder, Kevin Murphy, and Daniel Folta discuss the methodology behind Evolve and why we use realism to education artists.
  23. Still Life Composition Monday, September 27, 2021
    Piper discusses several easy ways to improve your still life composition and a few technical ways you can level up your Evolve direct observation paintings!
  24. Block 4 Mindset and Advanced Techniques Monday, October 4, 2021
    Piper discusses the linear process of block 4 and how you can prepare yourself (even in block 1!) for this advanced block.
  25. Art Careers Made Real with a Background in Art Thursday, October 14, 2021
    Join Kevin and Daniel Folta as they discuss different types of careers that Evolvers have pursued and what some of those careers might look like with a background in art.
  26. Painting Contracts Part 02 Monday, November 1, 2021
    Join Piper to discuss contracts, and how and why to use them when taking commissions.
  27. Painting Contract Part 01 Monday, November 1, 2021
    Join Piper to discuss contracts, and how and why to use them when taking commissions.
  28. Live Critique Monday, November 15, 2021
    Piper reviews 5 students’ work and discusses ways to continue to level up on some amazing paintings.
    A big “Thank You!”  to all the students who participated!
  29. Finishing, Signing, and Varnishing a Painting Monday, December 6, 2021
    Piper discusses ways to know your painting is done, how to sign, and how to varnish your paintings.
  30. Live Critique Monday, December 13, 2021
    Join in as Piper reviews 4 students’ work from blocks 1 and 4. Thank you to the four students who submitted work for the critique!

2020 (14 classes)

  1. The First Steps in Building an Art Career Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Kevin discusses the very first steps you’ll need to take in order to kickoff your art career into a thriving, lifelong venture.
  2. How to Start Thinking of Yourself as an Artist Monday, February 17, 2020
    In this live class Kevin discusses how to take yourself seriously as an artist by explaining what a real artist is and how to value yourself and your work.
  3. Why Not Me? Monday, March 9, 2020
    Kevin tells his journey to becoming an illustrator, portrait artist, and teacher, and answers some student questions.
  4. How to Adjust your Still Life Photograph Monday, March 16, 2020
    Have you struggled to take a clear photo of your still life so that the colors match exactly what you see? An accurate photo is crucial for clear feedback from the instructors. If you are painting in color, or even grayscale, this video is for you!
  5. Find the Right Value Every Time Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    A brief walkthrough of how to assess value in grayscale paint.
  6. New Student Orientation Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    Are you a new Evolve student? If so, consider this your tour around campus!
  7. Q&A Thursday, September 17, 2020
    Piper answers questions posed by students ranging from keeping your paint wet over several days all the way to starting to think about a career in art!
  8. Live Critique 10/29 Thursday, October 29, 2020
    A live critique of homework and a Q&A question for students.
  9. Live Critique 11/05 Thursday, November 5, 2020
    A live critique of homework and a Q&A with Kevin
  10. Live Critique 11/12 Thursday, November 12, 2020
    A live critique of student homework with Piper along with a conversation about shipping paintings.
  11. Block 8 Critique with Kevin Thursday, November 19, 2020
    Kevin goes over four block 8 paintings and gives students a lesson in focus, intent, and giving 100%.
  12. Q&A with Piper Thursday, December 10, 2020
    Piper answers questions from paint density and color mixing to photoshop and why study groups are an awesome choice.
  13. Using Photoshop Part 01 Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Part 01 – A basic lesson on how to edit, adjust, crop, and clean up paintings and still life photos in photoshop.  And Kevin hops in to answer several student questions.
  14. Using Photoshop Part 02 Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Part 02 – A basic lesson on how to edit, adjust, crop, and clean up paintings and still life photos in photoshop.  And Kevin hops in to answer several student questions.

2019 (30 classes)

  1. 7 Steps to a Successful Still Life Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Piper explains what to focus on to get a good still life setup, how to make a simple setup into a more interesting one, and how to find balance in your composition.
  2. Giving Yourself the Opportunity to Evolve and Grow Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    In this live class, Kevin shares a side by side comparison of a skill he is currently learning and explains how we are limited only by the boundaries created in our own mind.
  3. 3 Tips for Photographing a painting Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Piper gives three easy tricks to capturing the perfect photograph of your painting.
  4. What Painting and Sudoku Puzzles Have in Common Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Kevin explains why art making and sudoku puzzles are closely aligned and how considering sudoku when you work can help you to create accurate paintings.
  5. How to Prepare a Panel Thursday, February 28, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses a few ways to prepare a canvas, board, or linen to be painted, and explains what it means to “seal” a painting.
  6. 10 Misconceptions about Oil Painting Thursday, March 7, 2019
    Piper debunks the most common oil painting myths, from the notion that oil paint is very toxic to the misconception that it is cheating to paint from a photograph.
  7. Live Painting Demo Friday, March 8, 2019
    In this live painting demo, Kevin utilizes speed painting, vacant shadows, and puddling to show the progression of a portrait.
  8. Expectation and Experience in Seeing Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    In this live class, Kevin explains how our eyes take in info and based on expectation and experience create an image that our brain then decodes.
    He also discusses how looking for relationships can help artists from becoming blind to our paintings
  9. One Artist’s Path Thursday, March 14, 2019
    In this live class, Piper shares her path from zero knowledge of technical skills to now consistently selling work.
  10. Winning and Losing Attitudes Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    In this live class, Kevin discusses winning and losing attitudes, and how critical a winning attitude is for succeeding as an artist.
  11. Measuring Angles and Openings Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Piper explains how to accurately measure angles every time, even on objects that recede into the distance, and gives some tips for measuring the openings on bowls and cups.
  12. Where Do Ideas Come From? Tuesday, April 2, 2019
    Kevin discusses where ideas stem from and explains that if you want to be creative, you need to get as much experience as possible.
  13. Understanding Value Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Piper gives several examples of why having an understanding of value in your art work is important and explains why value is the key to the illusion of light.
  14. Choosing the Right Still Life Thursday, April 18, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses appropriate still lives for each assignment from the beginning of block 2 until the end of block three.
  15. How to “Steal” as an Artist Thursday, April 25, 2019
    Piper explains the value behind master copies and how to borrow from other artists’ work in a way that is educational and not plagiaristic.
  16. Brush Tips and Techniques Thursday, May 2, 2019
    Piper discusses the different brushes used in Evolve, her own collection, which brushes work best for which techniques, and how to properly care for your tools.
  17. What to Do When You Make a Mistake Thursday, May 23, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses a few questions you can ask yourself when you’ve made a mistake in a painting, and how to decide whether you should correct it.
  18. How to Think Like a Professional Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Kevin explains how to do more with the skills you have. Professionals have lots of tricks, but the majority of their work is done with a relatively simple skill set. It’s more about how they think that sets them apart.
  19. How Much Should I Charge for My Paintings? Thursday, June 13, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses a simple way to create a pricing structure for your art when you are starting out.
  20. Begin to Find Your Niche Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Piper explains some ways to find the niche that may work for you as an artist.
  21. Intro to Social Media for Artists Thursday, July 11, 2019
    In this Q&A Piper discusses some social media techniques, and why you should utilize social media as an artist.
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  22. How to Sign and Varnish a Painting Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Piper explains how to sign your painting in a way that suits the piece and how to easily varnish a finished painting.
  23. How to Choose a Quality Reference Photo Thursday, August 15, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses some ways to ensure your photograph and still life will make a quality painting.
  24. Art Competitions, Shows, and Fairs Thursday, August 29, 2019
    In this live class, Piper discusses the Pros and Cons of doing an art competition or art/craft fair, while several students also share their experiences in this area.
  25. Value in Grayscale Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Piper discusses the importance of value in grayscale and how to assess and assign value properly.
  26. Beginners Guide to Evolve Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Piper discusses what new students can expect from Blocks 1-4 and two Evolve veterans share their experience in the program.
  27. Studio Tour Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    Kevin walks through the new Art Academy location and answers student questions in this masterclass.
  28. The Three Moving Parts of Any Painting Monday, November 4, 2019
    Piper explains how the three moving parts of any painting look in blocks 1 – 7
  29. How to Take Your Painting to the Next Level Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Ever wondered how to take your paintings from good to great? Then you might want to listen to this live class!
  30. Live Class with Kevin Monday, December 9, 2019
    Join Kevin, Mitch, and Piper for a live class with conversations on seeing results, studying, and improving as an artist!

2018 (5 classes)

  1. Why Being Excited About Your Work Will Help You Sell Paintings Tuesday, November 27, 2018 In this live class, Kevin shares some business tips on how to begin to value your art, educating potential clients, and why we recognize George Washington years after he died.
  2. Live Class with Kevin Tuesday, December 11, 2018 In this open discussion, Kevin explains a general overview of moving from simple to complicated objects in proportional drawing and painting. He also discusses the language of measuring and how measuring eventually becomes unnecessary for artists as their eyes develop.
  3. Foundations of Determining Values Thursday, December 13, 2018 Piper explains how to determine the four values in grayscale drawing and painting, and gives examples on how to be sure of the correct values every time.
  4. Why Realism is Important Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Kevin discusses why realism is necessary to learn the  fundamentals of art, how it’s different from photographs, and why abstract art requires an education in realistic art.
  5. Determining Light and Shadow in Dark or Reflective Objects Thursday, December 20, 2018
    Piper discusses how to easily find cast and form shadows in dark or reflective objects, and shares some tips on how to tell reflections and lights apart.


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