iPad Painting & AR Online Course
April 7 – May 12, 2020

Syllabus Summary


April 7, 2020

Session 1.1 – Set-Up & User Interface
Intro, iPad Set-Up, App Organization, Capturing Backgrounds &amp Textures, Making a Backgrounds Photo Album, Procreate Preferences, Gallery / Studio Metaphor, Gallery Mechanics, Starting a New Canvas, Controlling Background Color, Importing a Background Photo, Exploring Brushes

Session 1.2 – Organizing Brushes & Picking Color
Controlling, Organizing & Customizing Brushes; Options for Picking and Saving Color


April 14, 2020

Session 2.1 – Layers
Understanding Layers, Layer Menus & Layer Options

Session 2.2 – Sharing & Saving
Time-Lapse Replay, Saving, Sharing & Exporting


April 21, 2020

Session 3.1 – Shape, Value, Form & Composition

Session 3.2 – Contrast, Line & Focus


April 28, 2020

Session 4.1 – Trust Your Eyes & Go Beyond Observed Color

Session 4.2 – Expression, Harmony & Experimentation


May 5, 2020

Session 5.1 – Photos as Inspiration and Visual Elements, Prep for Printing and Printing on Canvas

Session 5.2 – Preparing AR Content – Edit and Enrich Your AR Video Overlay


May 12, 2020

Session 6.1 – Uploading, Programming and Activating Your AR Content in Artivive

Session 6.2 – Student Art Show, Q&A, Graduation

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Enjoy an immersive, flexible remote learning experience that will equip you with the technical and artistic skills to make the most of your iPad as an amazing art tool, and how to add magical “augmented reality” (AR) pizzazz to your printed art!! This online course is a great way to jump start your digital creativity. You’ll learn the practical, technical and artistic nitty gritty of painting on the iPad using the premier iPad art app Procreate. You will be creatively empowered with a solid understanding and mastery of the tools.

Make a breakthrough on many levels: break through the tech challenge of Procreate and iPad; break through the artistic and creative barriers to loosen up your brush strokes and color; and break through the reality of the image plane to create a new dimension of Augmented Reality (AR) with a virtual video overlay.

This sequential course over six weeks will build on material covered each week and will include homework assignments. There will be a virtual exhibition, hosted on PaintboxTV, of student work at the end of the course. Please note the registration for participation in the live sessions has closed. The recordings of all the sessions will be posted here on PaintboxTV for PaintboxTV Premium Members to access. Click on the links above in the Syllabus Summary to see the recordings. These recordings are intended just as review reference, not as tight edited tutorials, and will include banter and chatter between the students and the instructor. If you are not currently a member of PaintboxTV and you’d like to have access to these recordings then please click here to join.

Dates & Times

Tuesdays, April 7 – May 12, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Each workshop day will be divided up into two live-streamed interactive sessions with live demos, Q &amp A, and homework assignments.

PaintboxTV Premium Membership

This workshop is open, at no extra charge, to all paid PaintboxTV Premium Members whose membership is current at the time of the workshop. To join PaintboxTV click here and select either the Monthly ($29.95/month) or Annual ($199/year) subscription option.

Preparation & Requirements

This workshop will be run using the Zoom virtual meeting system. It is recommended that you follow along on either a Mac or PC computer, though Zoom also works on Android and iOS devices. When you register for this course you will be sent an extensive preparation list including what software you’ll need to install etc. If you are new to joining Zoom meetings please visit the Zoom 101 page for details on how to prepare for a session and what to expect. This will help make your first Zoom experience smooth and fun!

Class Size

Pre-course registration is open to all PaintboxTV Premium Members. Registration will be closed once the course starts. The live class size will be relatively small and it will be run with an attention to the students’ needs as close to an in-person class as possible. The sessions will be interactive with questions encouraged! All PaintboxTV Premium Members will be able to access the live session recordings afterwards.

This video shows a Washington DC Reception Scene I painted live using iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd Gen.), Apple Pencil 2 and Procreate app.


Instructor Jeremy Sutton was the featured iPad artist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “Innovation in Art” event in Washington, DC. Jeremy live painted with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show; at the opening of the epic “David Hockney: Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum, San Francisco; and on stage with Tommy Igoe and the Birdland All-Stars “Art of Jazz” 2018 east coast tour. Jeremy Sutton travels the world performing live iPad painting at corporate and private events and has taught iPad art workshops and classes in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and at the Seoul Museum of Art, Korea.

Mobile art articles

Featured in article in Shots magazine

Thoughts on Mobile Digital Art

Will It be OK If I am a Complete Beginner at Using the iPad? Will It Be OK If I Don’t Have Any Training or Experience in Drawing or Painting?

Yes, absolutely OK to both questions! I explain everything from the ground up and make sure that any jargon is explained clearly. You don’t need to have a background in art. I believe every human on the planet is a creative, expressive being and can have incredible fun and joy drawing and painting, no matter what their background or training is. The wonderful thing about making art on your iPad is that it is easily accessible and everyone can express themselves freely! I teach with encouragement and enthusiasm. The class is fun with an emphasis on playing and exploring and taking risk on your digital canvas. All you need is an open mind and willingness to explore. I am sensitive to the level of my students and teach accordingly. I also include deep learning suitable for the more advanced and experienced students so everyone gets what they need from the workshop.

Can I attend just some sessions? Can I Get a Recording of All Sessions To Look At Later?

Yes and yes! As a PaintboxTV Premium member you are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Of course you’ll get more out of the workshop if you stay with the whole course and attend every session. I will build up on material already covered. Recordings will be posted on PaintboxTV afterwards, accessible to paid PaintboxTV Premium Members.

What about other mobile devices besides the iPad?

There is an ever growing list of excellent and powerful mobile art tools and devices. In my classes I teach practical lessons based on my own experience as a professional artist. You learn about the tools I use every day. In my case, the iPad is my main mobile art tool and that is why I am focusing on teaching with it.


Every session will be recorded and those recording will be posted on PaintboxTV for PaintboxTV Premium Members to see. By registering for and attending any session of this remote workshop you are permitting Jeremy to record your voice, your web cam view and any artwork you share during a session.

Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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