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  • Instructor – Kim Van Der Hoek
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  • Course Price – $129USD
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Would You Like to Learn How to Transform Simple Shapes Into Trees?  Are Ready to Become a Master at Mixing Greens for Your Landscape Paintings?


If you’ve ever struggled with painting trees in a landscape then this course breaks the process into easy steps.  In Terrific Trees, with Kim VanDerHoek, you will receive ten alla prima lessons.  In these lessons, Kim will guide you through the process of creating believable trees that you can add to any landscape painting. You’ll learn how to mix a variety of green colors, transform extremely simple shapes into trees, use three values to create the illusion of form, add important details and paint trees near and far. There is even a bonus mini lesson at the end!  You’ll begin with a very easy lesson on painting shrubs and work your way into more and more complex trees as your skills and confidence grows.  This course is sure to bring more believable greens to your landscape work!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Learn how to paint shrubs, Italian cypress, pine, oak, eucalyptus and palm trees.
  • See how to mix a variety of greens using a limited palette.
  • Identify the basic underlying shape in complex organic forms.
  • Use easy steps to paint a complex subject.
  • Practice details that give trees believably and impact.
  • Transform basic shapes into trees using negative space.
  • See how simple it is to paint grass, shadows and details.


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Have you ever found yourself staring at your palette and thinking you don’t have enough colors to mix more than two greens? In our first lesson, you will learn how to mix a wide variety of greens that you’ll use to render trees.  See how to layout your palette in order to keep track of which color is warm or cool in temperature. Practice mixing warm and cool versions of different greens.


Next, we will move on to our main lessons.  You will learn how to paint 6 different trees!  This lesson begins with the easiest subject, shrubs. See how to render four very simple shrubs using 2-3 values and practice mixing a variety of greens.  Next, we will move on to the Italian Cypress tree.  You will learn why it’s important to correctly identify a tree’s underlying shape and light source.  Once the shape has been identified see how to quickly and easily render an Italian cypress tree. Complete the tree with a few small details that add character and believability.  Learn some simple steps to paint a pine tree using few strategically placed brushstrokes and negative space.  Next up, the mighty oak tree. You will be adding a trunk to this tree. There will also be the opportunity for additional practice painting grass, shadows and edges.  At first glance a eucalyptus tree appears overwhelmingly complicated. In this lesson you’ll see how to identify shadow and highlight shapes. You won’t believe how easy it is to paint a palm tree! This lesson starts off with an extremely simple form that magically transforms into a palm tree right at the end.


You’ve learned how to paint a palm tree closeup, in lesson nine you’ll see how to quickly paint distant palm trees using only one color and one value.



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Kim VanDerHoek is an American contemporary fine artist who creates vibrant, textural oil paintings of landscapes and urban scenes in her Southern California studio.

Born in Southern California and raised in the mountains of Big Bear City, Kim spent many hours as a child climbing trees, sledding down snow-covered hills, horseback riding and hiking through the woods. Surrounded by the wild beauty of the forest Kim developed an early appreciation for the outdoors and a fascination for urban environments, which she continues to explore today through painting.

After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, Kim worked as a graphic designer for 11 years. She left the design field to pursue a career as a full-time painter.

She learned to paint by painting en Plein Air because it combined her love of being outside, creating art and studying from life. “I enjoy the challenges Plein Air painting poses. Dealing with the weather, changing light and other hurdles of outdoor painting has forced me to to have a plan for each painting, to paint with commitment and to fearlessly experiment .” Kim feels that through Plein Air painting she has gained a better understanding of the effects of light and atmosphere. She aims to translate those effects into her studio paintings. Currently, she is working on a series of studio paintings documenting iconic bridges across the U.S.


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

Main Supplies:

Brushes and Palette Knives:
Paints by Gamblin:
Paints by M. Graham & Co.:


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.

8 reviews for TERRIFIC TREES

  1. Candace Langford (verified owner)

    Kim is a very good instructor. Her demos are clear and informative, which helped me with color mixing, color use, brushstrokes, and some very good helpful hints. Looking forward to taking more classes from her!

  2. carolinthesky (verified owner)

    I’ve taken tons of courses but have never seen trees explained this way–really eye opening. Also, if you’re lucky enough to take the class while it’s live, Kim goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen in her critiques!

  3. Burke Kristen (verified owner)

    I am new to oil painting and have stuck to buildings and cityscapes largely to avoid….TREES!! Kim broke the process of painting a tree down in such simple steps that take away the tree intimidation factor. I’m so excited to have so many more possibilities of scenes to paint opened up for me! You’ll also learn a lot about mixing greens…(and as it turns out, browns too :). While the course is live, Kim is going the extra mile by giving the precious gift of her time in extremely thorough and. helpful critiques! I feel blessed to be taught by such a gifted artist! I’ll be keeping my eye out for more taught by Kim!

  4. Nora Masters (verified owner)

    Great content and a informative approach to painting trees. I also have never had them explained this way and will use it from now on. Also the critiques are very helpful, detailed and spot on. Kim cares about her tastier TW learning.

  5. Richard Lane (verified owner)

    I’ve been painting for 39 years and have always had trouble with trees. This course is just fabulous. I’m repeating going over the course many times so it will be just natural for me to paint believable trees !! Richard Lane, Australia

  6. Leslie (verified owner)

    This was exactly the course I needed. I’ve been oil painting landscapes for years and have struggled with getting trees to look realistic. I loved learning Kim’s techniques that can be used to make a variety of interesting tree shapes. The palm tree lesson really blew me away, I feel like I made some serious improvements after just a few practice trees. Thank you Kim for your generous and simple techniques that have really made a difference in my landscape paintings. Can’t wait for your next class!

  7. Marty Robson (verified owner)

    Kim does a wonderful job in this course breaking down tree shapes, color mixes and brush stokes. Her critiques are lengthy and informative, more than you get from most teachers. I really appreciated the critique as it helped guide me to do better work. Kim’s technique on the pine and palm tree is unique and makes them easier to paint. Highly recommend this course.

  8. Dennis MacKenzie (verified owner)

    Thanks for the great class. As I have said before I have learned more in the last 2 classes than any classes that I have ever taken..You broke it down to making it simple..

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