Course: Basic Painting with Ercole Pignatelli

Lead Instructor:  Ercole Pignatelli
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This course looks at problems commonly associated with drawing and painting: confronting a blank sheet, getting around not having a dedicated space, having to afford the expense of obtaining materials, and overcoming the fear of 'not being good at drawing'.  Free yourselves from these concerns, leaving space only for creativity: let's start!  In this course we will approach Artworks on paper (pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor and tempera) emphasizing the importance of drawing as an instrument of self-analysis and as a source of inspiration.

Course Lessons (9)



In this introductory lesson, we provide you with everything you need to know to be prepared to take this course. We will then dive right into drawing exercises as Master Ercole Pignatelli shows you...


In this second lesson we will introduce you to a variety of standard drawing and painting materials. We will cover different types of paper, brushes, paint, and more. Finally, we will take an in-de...


In the third lesson of this basic course, we will discuss how to create charcoal drawings. We will go through a few types of charcoal and introduce you to light and shade- two hugely important conc...

China Ink

In this fourth lesson Master Ercole Pignatelli will guide you through a still-life drawing. We will also introduce a unique material called ‘china ink,’ which will produce exciting resu...

Watercolor: Flower

In the fifth lesson of this series, we will explore watercolor materials and techniques. Master Ercole Pignatelli breaks down what is often considered a difficult medium so that you can get started...

Watercolor: Nude

In this sixth lesson we will detail how to go about painting a nude figure, a prominent motif in classical painting. Master Ercole Pignatelli provides you with a simple approach to tackling a compl...

Tempera Colors: A Daytime Landscape

In the seventh lesson of the basic course, we explore tempera paints as we guide you, step-by-step, through creating a stunning daytime landscape. This lesson will greatly inform your work in terms...

Tempera Colors: Nighttime Landscape

In this eighth lesson, we complement our daytime scene by creating a tempera nighttime landscape. This painting is unique because it involves depicting moonlight rather than sunlight, which creates...



In this concluding lesson, Master Ercole Pignatelli spends a few minutes giving you tips on how to improve upon and keep up your artistic skills. 

Course Specs

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Testing & Certification

There are not currently any tests or certifications for this course.

Lead Instructor

Ercole Pignatelli

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Ercole Pignatelli was born in Lecce in 1935. As a small child he was fascinated by the delicate embroidery work of his grandmother Maria as well as by the collection of paintings of his grandfather, Ercole, a surgeon. He soon became fascinated by Art, in particular painting, and from his junior school days he began using oil colours: his first painting depicted trees reflected in a pond. At the age of eighteen he left Lecce, first for Rome before then settling in Milano. In 1954 he won the San Fedele Prize, presented by Carlo CarrĂ . In the same period he met his first gallerist, Carlo Cardazzo, who exhibited his work in Milan and in Venice. These first exhibitions were later followed by two Venice Biennale (1978 and 2011) and dozens of individual and collective exhibitions in Italy and around the world. The Maestro lives and works in Milano.