Understanding values

A workshop with

Antrese Wood

One of the most common issues with paintings is a poorly defined value structure. You look at your painting from across the room and it falls apart - that amazing passage that you worked so hard on, that you wanted to be the star of the image evaporates when you step back.

“Why isn’t my paint working?!”

Without a solid foundation, and a clear value structure, it’s almost impossible to create a painting that sings from across the room.

Without a solid value structure, even the simple sphere of an apple will break apart into seeming cacophony of unrelated patches of paint.

Trying to get that white vase to sit back in a shadow, but it keeps jumping forward? When you experience problems like this in your painting - You’ve likely chosen the wrong value for your composition.

“Value does all the work, color gets all the credit!”

Artists tend to  look at paintings past and present, and think things like:  “WOW - I love the way that artist turned the form on the far side of the cheek. I wish i knew exactly what color they used….”

So they go out on a hunt for the PERFECT pigment. They buy tons of colors trying to figure it out.

What they don’t realize is that color can impact the turning of the form, yes, but it’s the VALUES that do the heavy lifting.  Get the values right and THEN you can use color temperature to make those delicious subtle nuances in form. But if your values are off - I hate to break it to you, you’ll never get there by changing the hue alone.

Learn to paint value with Antrese Wood

an online painting experience

What you will learn:

  • What values are and how to see them correctly
  • Why you don’t need MORE values - How a constrained range packs a big punch.
  • How to strategically choose your value structure so that your painting evokes the mood you want
  • How to use values to create order out of chaos.
  • How to use values to establish visual harmony.

What you Get when you enroll:

  • RECORDED DISCUSSION with examples so that you can SEE how value structures are used in art history and in contemporary paintings.
  • Recorded painting demonstrations so that you can WATCH how I break down complex paintings into simple value structures
  • Painting exercises so that you get HANDS ON EXPERIENCE with your own paintings..
  • ACCESS for 2 years so that you can watch them again and again.
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  • Immediate Access
  • 5 video classes
  • Exercises to practice the concepts on your own
  • Access for 2 years so you can watch over and over

Here's what other artists say about working with Antrese:

"Antrese is very down to earth. She's very easy to talk to, she is just very approachable, and accessible. But she just has a lot of perspective, because she's accomplished in her own career. And she's spoken to so many other artists, she just has this perspective, that's really, really unique."

~ Julie A.

"I'm always impressed at (Antrese’s) ability, through her experience to be able to come up with an answer, in the moment, and really direct people. (She is able to) get to the heart of  what they're saying. 

I knew that from the podcast, certainly, but it's different watching it live. I'm just always kind of impressed at what a great artist's mind she has. 

Also, watching the critiques is her ability to have a real critical eye. You can just tell that she has a lot of experience comprehending and analyzing art, and so to, to see the way that she can kind of like so quickly pull things apart and put them back together again, is pretty impressive."

~ Donna.

"Antrese is a lot of fun to work with. She's encouraging when she needs to be encouraging, but she can also kick you in the pants. If you need to be kicked in the pants and sometimes, you know, we do need to be kicked in the pants!"

~ Andrew R.


When does the workshop start?

You get immediate access to all the content. Watch as many times as you want until January 2024

How long are the classes?

Each recorded class is about two hours. 

Do we meet live?

No, there are no live events, so you can watch the recorded videos on your own schedule whenever you want!

Are Critiques Included?

No critiques are included in this course but if you want ongoing critiques of your work, Growth Studio offers monthly group critiques.

Is there a materials list for this course?

Absolutely! We will email you the materials list once you enroll!

Can I paint in acrylic or gouache?

Yes you can! The demonstrations will be mostly in oils but the concepts I will be teaching can be applied to any painting medium.

Still have questions?

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