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, scenes, and worlds

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (134)
  • 3022 students

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

The mission of visual artist Jhoel Mamani is to awaken in the viewer the desire to believe in their artistic potential and to convey that any idea or dream can be successfully realized. His works communicate a creative concept through the visual fundamentals of painting, and his style recreates surreal scenes full of forms related to the concept of death and life; natural hybrids and crows everywhere.

In this online course, Jhoel teaches you the tools, techniques, and creative processes of oil painting in the surreal world so that you can create dreamlike characters and settings. See the basic concepts of the volume and learn to develop a pictorial piece in oil, starting from a subject of personal interest full of symbology and a lot of imagination.

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What will you learn in this online course?

25 lessons & 8 downloads

Character creation part 1
11 minutes, 15 seconds
Character creation part 2
10 minutes, 19 seconds
Surreal character
13 minutes, 24 seconds
Stage Construction
8 minutes, 39 seconds
Use of pictorial tools
6 minutes, 57 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (134)
  • 3022 students
  • 25 lessons (4h 2m)
  • 8 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Prepare an oil painting on medium format canvas, with surreal technique and style.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Self-taught artists, arts students, amateur painters, or simply those who want to learn more about this technique.

Requirements and materials

You need basic or intermediate knowledge of drawing, and have a minimum artistic sensitivity and taste for painting, as well as its history.

As for materials, you need a set of oil colors or separately: lemon and cadmium yellow, cadmium and carmine red, ultramarine and Prussian blue, sap and emerald green, and finally, titanium white. You also need a white palette, a small bottle of medium and turpentine, round bristle brushes number 10, 12, 14, and 16; flat brushes with soft hair, numbers 10, 12, and 14; 0 and 00 liner brushes, a bottle of vegetable spirits (it is suggested not to use a petroleum derivative), a small spatula and a canvas of approximately 50 x 60 cm format (this medium size is suggested, but the student can choose their format).


3022 Students
134 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Jhoel Mamani Espinoza

A course by Jhoel Mamani Espinoza

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Plastic and visual artist

Jhoel Mamani is a visual artist with a specialization in painting. He studied Fine Arts in Peru, and is dedicated to the investigation of visual fundamentals in painting and teaching visual arts.

Mamani considers himself a workshop and field painter, and a lover of the surrealist style. He has made different art exhibitions, local and national. He is currently the art director of the cultural association "PopulArt", where he promotes integrated arts in districts and vulnerable areas in Peru. The Congress of the Republic of Peru has awarded him the distinction of Commended Cultural Figure 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. 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
  • 99% positive reviews (134)
  • 3022 students