The difference between 99% of artists who stay students forever and artists who exhibit their work is their approach, commitment as evidenced by their ability to build a body of work. 

Building a body of work requires chaos, tenacity, taking chances, making weird left turns and having faith even if you have no idea where you'll end up. By methodically producing you will have a body of work on the other side. That is what separates artists with a little "a" and Artists with a big "A". During the years I've been teaching I have had so many talented and thoughtful students, but so many times I wanted them to "pick a lane" or stay on one subject long enough to pursue a vision and not be students forever. This is why I built a bridge to help them traverse that chasm.

This Masterclass opens formally once per year and if you're interested you can submit an application now and if a space opens up you will be notified. Otherwise we appreciate your patience.

Who can participate?

Artists who have at least 1 - 2 years of experience in any medium and want to build a body of work and focus on a direction.

Course Description

This 6 month Masterclass is designed to help you hone your vision in creating a cohesive body in a group setting with other artists. In addition to developing your voice within the work, you will be able to articulate it in a variety of mediums for a mass audience. The workshop focuses on four main aspects of professional art development:

Studio Practice

Over the course of 6 months, accepted artists work towards beginning and refining a series of works centered around a topic, style and idea of their choosing. The bi-monthly virtual group sessions allow students to pitch and bounce ideas, as well as share groupings of works as they evolve.

Critiques & Community

During live sessions, fireside chats, and unique live events, curators, artists and writers offer invaluable insight into participating artists’ work. All participating artists have access to a private positive and exclusively art-based online community where they can share work and news about their career and discuss exhibitions, articles, studio visits, and anything else.

Professional Development

Creating a body of work also requires attention to how it is communicated to future collectors, gallerists, museum directors and curators. As the work starts to develop, the curriculum and assignments guides artists in communicating what their work is about through writing, a catalogue, the artist’s digital portrait (website, social etc) and film.


I have an MFA in film and have painted throughout my adult life. I joined this Masterclass, hoping to focus my art making, which is broad and exploratory, into a more concise and distinctive body of work that reflects me as an artist. These six months, have enabled me to embrace that process along with a HUGE swath of interwoven and relevant information, all tied to not only creating the work, but learning how to talk about it, write about it, using new computer skills I never expected to explore. I loved this class and am excited to continue as a founding member.

- Kathleen B., Los Angeles

It started with the Oil Painting Fluency & Flow course I took in the fall of 2019 and by the time it was over I became the wretch I am now: an unhinged woman vehemently obsessed with oil painting who wrestles with it like a feral person for hours every day. I had earth-moving revelations as I graduated from using makeup brushes to real sable, and switched from canvas to linen panels. My formerly adorable kitchen now looks as though Francis Bacon had assaulted a pope in it...Deep into the wee small hours, I devour paintings online, discovering things like Russian Realism and tweeting out pictures of my two favorite subjects: birch trees and cuts of meat. I don’t know why I love them, I just do. Boxes from Jerry’s Art-O-Rama pile up on my doorstep.

I begged to be enrolled in Kimberly’s six-month bootcamp—a class in which you undergo all of the preparations necessary for an actual art show. In short, a relentless bender of what has become my drug of choice. I’m in the middle of it now. I don’t even remember when the shelter in place order actually started. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Cintra Wilson, New York. Culture Critic, from her article about the program in The New York Review of Books

It's very difficult to be an emerging artist gaining some traction without a support network of artists that are in the same position. I've spent so much money on marketers, etc. just to find out from actual artists the way things really work. Wish I would have known sooner, it would have saved me so much money. The social group is amazing, and the feedback is HONEST and HELPFUL. It's not always easy to hear some things, but the tough love is so well thought out and geared toward improvement. The opportunities that arise by being a part of the Masterclass have also been motivating and inclusive. This program is incredible and helps you succeed. I have a BA in Visual art, and a professional artist. I can't recommend this program enough.

- Dina C., Hawaii

As a professional artist, it is so hard to find a seminar that is both informative and challenging. The Masterclass is this that and so much more. The information, tools, and live sessions are a game-changer. I highly recommend the Masterclass for any artist that wants to improve their communication, presentation, and thinking skills. Your artwork will be forever grateful.

- Randi M., Los Angeles

Kimberly’s unique online course has been more impactful to me than any class I’ve taken in person. She makes you feel like you are right at the heart of the art world, in dialogue with both contemporary painters and the ever present old masters. It was easy to forget that Kimberly was practically on the opposite side of the world from me. I started in her original oil painting class and became completely hooked. Now, within a year, I'm preparing for my first show. I can't recommend the Masterclass enough.

Alison B., Sydney, Australia

“This Masterclass offers a uniquely rigorous, highly structured way to make a body of work.   I love how it breaks the practice of making art into a series of steps…The live group sessions— the razor sharp wit of the other artists— are the heart and soul of the class. Kimberly Brooks and the critique group have helped me workshop my ideas, make them stronger, and refine how I practice art into something much more focused. Seeing what everyone is working on, hearing feedback, and seeing how everyone's work improves is a gift. “ 

-James L., FLA


“I have been a working artist for over 20 years, so I wondered if the students would not be advanced.  I took the opportunity to go to the class graduation critique, and I was blown away by the caliber of the work. Each artist had a unique voice, and all had interesting and sophisticated paintings.  Now I'm at the end of her six-month program and I can honestly say it has been life-changing. I am creating an entirely new body of work, which I find thrilling. Her class has pushed me to a new level of thought about my paintings and a structure to think about painting well into the future. Sprinkled throughout the class, there have been so many gems to make the painting process more accessible and streamlined. And her ideas about bookmaking and video have added a new level of professionalism to my working process.  I highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to take their art to another level.” 

Stephanie S., NY


Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary artist who exhibits internationally. She is the author of The New Oil Painting (Chronicle Books). Her work has been featured in numerous publications ranging from The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Modern Painters, and New American Paintings and many more. Brooks teaches workshops at other institutions including The Anderson Ranch Art Center, and the Otis School of Art and Design. She is the founder and host of .You can learn more about her and her work at or instagram @kimberlybrooksartist.


When does the course start and finish?

Combines a robust curriculum and meets virtually 3x a month during.

Am I expected to make 18 works of art during this time?

Everyone comes in at different stages, and some take longer than others. The class gives you the tools to develop your voice and express your body of work in all media including website, catalogue, etc.).

How do I apply?

Fill out the application on this form.

How often is it open?

At the beginning of the year. We also accept people during the year if there's space and a synergy so apply anytime.

How much does it cost?

The workshop costs just under $2400 and is billed in six monthly installments of $397

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are unsatisfied or feel like the class is not the right fit, let us know within 7 days of signing up and we will give you a full refund right away.

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