Erik Koeppel

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Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters with Erik Koeppel™

Learn to paint this studio masterpiece step by step.


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For over 100 years artists have tried to master the look and feel of the Hudson River School Painters. These paintings created by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and others had a special sense of air, dramatic light, distance, and a luminous quality — something others have tried unsuccessfully to copy.

Artist Erik Koeppel has spent over a decade studying these masters, researching their writings and notes, and discovering how they captured the feel of nature in their paintings. Each summer, Koeppel teaches a small group of painters at the Hudson River Fellowship to teach these timeless techniques. Students apply from all over the world to be selected to attend. Now you can learn these techniques from this young master.

That’s because now, for the first time, Erik Koeppel shares these lost techniques with you. This video starts with a demonstration and discussion on sketching your composition, understanding what is important to leave in and take out. We then go on location to do an outdoor “plein air” oil sketch to capture the essence of the scene. Because trees are so difficult to paint and understand, there is a separate tree study done at sunset.

We then take you into the studio for hours of enjoyment; you’ll learn the glazing techniques of the Hudson River School Masters, plus we’ll take all the elements and create a more in-depth studio painting, walking you through every step. Erik is an excellent instructor.

Then Fine Art Connoisseur publisher B. Eric Rhoads conducts an in-depth interview with Koeppel so you can understand the thinking behind his artwork and technique. We also show you an exhibition of some of the artist’s best paintings.

Even if you don’t aspire to paint like the Hudson River School painters, the principles of these lost techniques can be applied to other painting styles, including impressionism. You’ll learn volumes about how to paint in this new video.

Two DVD Set Includes

  • Composition Sketch
  • Outdoor Plein Air Study
  • Outdoor Tree at Sunset Study
  • Glazing Demonstration
  • Studio Painting
  • Interview with Fine Art Connoisseur Publisher, B. Eric Rhoads
  • Exhibit of Koeppel paintings
  • 9:37 run time (hours)

The initial plein air (on location outdoor painting) study.

The initial studio painting prior to glazing. Note that the artist has changed the tree from the initial plein air study.

Erik Koeppel doing a sunset tree study en’ plein air.

The sunset tree study.

Koeppel demonstrates how to do a composition sketch.

Artist Erik Koeppel reveals his innermost thoughts in an interview with Fine Art Connoisseur publisher Eric Rhoads.

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