Introduction to Surrealist Oil Painting

A course by Jhoel Mamani Espinoza
Plastic and visual artist. Lima District, Peru.
Joined July 2019
, Plastic and visual artist

Learn this painting technique and create dreamlike characters, sceneries and worlds

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (101)
  • 2321 students

Learn this painting technique and create dreamlike characters, sceneries and worlds

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (101)
  • 2321 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 25 Lessons (4h 2m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Jhoel Mamani’s mission is to awaken the viewer’s desire to create and believe in their own artistic potential, conveying the notion that any idea or dream can become a reality. Through his work, he communicates this concept using a visual foundation of painting. His style creates surreal scenarios full of forms related to the concept of death and life, always including hybrid species and crows.

In this course, Jhoel will teach you the tools, techniques and creative processes of surrealist oil painting so that you can create your own dreamlike characters and scenarios. You will learn the basics of volume and see how to develop a pictorial oil painting based your own personal interests, full of symbolism and imagination.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. A surreal world
  • U3
    U3. Introduction to drawing and volume
  • U4
    U4. Oil painting techniques
  • U5
    U5. Compositional methods
  • U6
    U6. Development of the final work
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start by meeting Jhoel, learn about his pictorial work and his passion for surrealism. He will explain this style, his artistic influences and what you are going to do during this course.

You will be introduced to the basics of semiotics and Jhoel will show you his method to freely and objectively create a character.

You will choose a theme and see how to conjure up and materialize its elements. Your main character will be a hybrid of those elements and you will experiment by mixing them together. The characters should have recognizable colors; during the construction of this surreal scenario and you need to think about how the theme relates to the main character.

You will see techniques and theoretical concepts that will help you better understand the drawing and volume. You will discover how to use the tools (brushes, oils, solvents ...) and you will educate your vision by identifying the different tonal scales; later, you will learn to draw with volume in monochrome practices.

You will start using color to create volume and get an understanding of the relationship between form and space in oil painting. Then, you will go one step further with volume, adding halftones, lights, shadows, reflections and spatial quality with tones and overlays.

You will learn the compositional guidelines in order to place elements according to size, tone and shape . Then Jhoel will help you make a coherent scenario, positioning the characters by volume.

Finally, you will apply what you have learned to your final project; starting with the scenario then moving on to your main character and main image with volume, completing your work with objects that provide rhythm and harmony.

What is this course's project?

Prepare a medium format oil painting on canvas with a surrealist technique and style.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For the self-taught, students related to the arts, amateur painters or simply those who want to learn more about this technique.

What you need

You will need basic or intermediate knowledge of drawing, and an interest in painting and it's history.

As for materials, you will need a set of oils or if you buy them separately: lemon yellow and cadmium, cadmium red and carmine, ultramarine and Prussian blue, bladder green and emerald and finally, titanium white.

You will also need a white palette, a medium bottle of turpentine, round hair bristle brushes (numbers 10, 12, 14 and 16), flat soft hair brushes (numbers 10, 12 and 14), eyeliner brushes (0 and 00), a bottle of vegetable turpentine (it is suggested to not use petroleum derivative), a small spatula and a canvas approximately 50 x 60 cm in size (medium size is suggested, but you can choose you format) .


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Jhoel Mamani Espinoza

A course by Jhoel Mamani Espinoza

Plastic and visual artist

Jhoel Mamani is a visual artist with an emphasis in painting. He studied fine arts in Peru, and is dedicated to the research of the visual foundations in painting and teaching fine arts.

Mamani considers himself a workshop and field painter and a lover of surrealism. He has exhibited at many local and national galleries. He is currently the art director of the Cultural Association "PopulArt", where he promotes integrated arts in vulnerable districts and areas in Peru. The Congress of the Republic of Peru awarded him Cultural Praiseworthy Personality 2019.


  • U1


    • Hi!
    • Influences
    • What will we do during the course?
  • U2

    A surreal world

    • Character creation part 1
    • Character creation part 2
    • Surreal character
    • Stage Construction
  • U3

    Introduction to drawing and volume

    • Use of pictorial tools
    • Tone Identification
    • The volume through monochronous drawing
    • Color theory applied to oil part 1
    • Color theory applied to oil part 2
  • U4

    Oil painting techniques

    • The volume through color drawing part 1
    • The volume through color drawing part 2
    • Spatiality and relationship with the environment in oil painting
    • Free forms with volume part 1
    • Volume free forms part 2
  • U5

    Compositional methods

    • Large, medium and small
    • Composition part 1
    • Composition part 2
    • Shape, secondary elements
  • U6

    Development of the final work

    • Final development, background painted
    • Final development, painted character part 1
    • Final development, painted character part 2
    • Final development, rhythm and harmony
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to surrealist oil painting

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Introduction to Surrealist Oil Painting. A Illustration course by Jhoel Mamani Espinoza

Introduction to Surrealist Oil Painting

A course by Jhoel Mamani Espinoza
Plastic and visual artist. Lima District, Peru.
Joined July 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (101)
  • 2321 students