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What Is the Easiest Thing to Start Painting?

Discovering Your First Brushstrokes

Painting can seem daunting, especially if you’re just starting out. However, diving into this creative endeavor doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, there are several easy subjects you can begin painting to build your confidence and hone your skills.

Starting with Still Life

One of the simplest subjects for beginner painters is still life. Set up a table with a few objects—a vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit, or a simple arrangement of household items—and paint what you see. Still life allows you to focus on form, color, and texture without the complexities of capturing movement or changing light.

Exploring Landscapes

Landscapes offer another accessible starting point for painters. Begin with basic elements like hills, trees, and skies. Start with broad strokes and gradually add details as you become more comfortable. Landscapes provide ample opportunities to experiment with different brush techniques and color mixing.

Trying Abstract Art

If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at abstract painting. Abstract art doesn’t require strict representation of reality, allowing you to express yourself freely. Start by playing with shapes, lines, and colors on your canvas. Don’t worry about making sense—focus on conveying emotion and energy through your brushstrokes.

Painting Simple Shapes

For absolute beginners, painting simple shapes can be a great way to get started. Practice painting circles, squares, triangles, and other basic forms. Experiment with different brush sizes and techniques to achieve varying textures and effects. As you gain confidence, you can incorporate these shapes into more complex compositions.

Experimenting with Color

No matter what subject you choose, don’t be afraid to experiment with color. Mix different hues to create new shades and tones. Pay attention to how colors interact with each other on your canvas. Remember, painting is as much about exploring color relationships as it is about capturing subject matter.


Embarking on your painting journey doesn’t have to be intimidating. By starting with simple subjects like still life, landscapes, abstract art, and basic shapes, you can gradually build your skills and confidence as a painter. Remember to experiment with color and brush techniques, and most importantly, have fun expressing yourself through your art.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

If you are looking for in-person painting classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons at Cool Art Studio. We are a painting studio in West Vancouver that has been offering in-person art classes for many years. Our experienced instructor provides tailored guidance to meet individual needs. Our art classes cater to all levels and ages, including beginners, adults, and kids.

We teach acrylic painting, watercolor painting, oil painting, sketching, drawing, and traditional Chinese painting. Additionally, we have art therapy for individuals seeking therapeutic expression.

We offer group lessons for those who prefer a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, we provide one-on-one private lessons for those seeking a more personalized experience. If you’d like to try out a lesson, consider joining us for a single drop-in session. Feel free to get in touch with us via the form here to explore and express your creativity.

Interested in Music Lessons?

If you’re interested in music lessons, consider trying a drop-in session at Music Academy. Located in West Vancouver, Music Academy offers lessons for a variety of instruments, including piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone, and music theory.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

Cool Art Studio offers in-person painting classes suitable for all ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced, catering to both adults and children. If you're searching for art classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons. Private classes and group sessions are available. Our team of skilled and experienced painting teachers is here to guide you through the creative process.

Music Gallery & Academy / Cool Art Studio: 1468 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B7


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