William A. Schneider

William A. Schneider: Nicolai Fechin Painting Secrets


Video Length: 3 Hours 17 Minutes
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Throughout history, certain painters have stood out above all others because they developed a unique style, a trademark approach of their own. Having your own signature or trademark is critical as a painter. And one of the best ways to develop your own style is to study the unique techniques of those who came before you. Artists like Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, and Fechin.

Russian-born artist Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) is one of history’s most important painters. During much of his lifetime the technology was not available to document his unique style of painting, and people have tried to figure out his approach since his death in 1955.

Now, after extensive study and experimentation, artist William A. Schneider has BROKEN THE FECHIN CODE and can reveal the unique system by which Fechin created his amazing paintings.

Now You Can Use the Secrets of Nicolai Fechin to Paint Treasured Portraits

Nothing compares to the feeling you’ll get as you create something beautiful from a blank canvas — especially a portrait that captures the essence of the person you're painting. But imagine the praise you’ll receive when you learn how to paint like Fechin.
If you’ve been hesitant in the past to try portrait painting because of intimidating factors like the need to capture the features of a live model while you showcase your own personality and painting style, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from a system to create stunning, loose, stylish portraits that capture the emotions of the sitter.

If you have ever wanted to paint better portraits, paintings that will become treasured heirlooms for generations to come, now is your opportunity. This is your chance to learn from renowned artist William A. Schneider as he shows you the techniques the great Russian master Nicolai Fechin used to create masterpiece paintings.

Young Latina by William A. Schneider in the style of Fechin

By adding this video to your resource library, you can learn to craft stunning portraits yourself, and, unlike a workshop, you can go back to study certain segments time and time again while you paint alongside. This is like getting private portrait-painting lessons from artist Bill Schneider, at a fraction of the cost of live instruction. You can practice each technique as Bill shows it in the video, and you can pause as needed until you get the details just right.

This video is nearly two hours long, and you’ll be captivated by Bill’s teaching style as he walks you through each step to capture Fechin’s characteristic broken-tone technique.

You’ll see the entire portrait-painting process, from mixing and preparing your palette and choosing the right canvas to putting the finishing touches on your painting.


Watch as Bill shows you:

  • How to select and mix paints to prepare your palette — Bill will share his exact color selections and explain why they work for portraits.
  • A start-to-finish portrait painting that will guide you as you create your own — you can pause to practice or watch again as many times as you’d like.
  • How to add every element to the painting — you’ll see up close as Bill explains each step in detail so you won’t miss a thing.
  • How to use Fechin’s signature broken tone, a technique that will greatly enhance your portrait paintings.
  • How to put the finishing touches on a quality portrait.
  • And much, much more! 


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Luverne Lightfoot
The style of Fechin revealed!

Fechin was one of the GREATS and viewing his paintings always enticed me go closer to see and learn more. William A. Schneiders DVD Nicolai Fechin Painting Secrets covers the palette, substrate, and drawing the model. Schneider demonstrates Fechins style and captures the softness of the models skin in contrast with the textures of hair and background -- excellent!! PLUS the 2nd disc has an interesting interview with Eric Rhoads, Publisher of Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines.

Karen Knight
Nicolai Fechin Painting Secrets By William A. Schneider

Mr. Schneider is an excellent instructor who provides wonderful insights to Fechins painting process and style. i deeply appreciate his willingness to share his knowledge via this DVD!

Annar Blanchard
William Schneiders painting

Loved Mr. Schneiders presentation of the Fechin technique. Would love a presentation of his OWN technique!

Decker Walker
Not so secret tips from Fechin

This DVD is full of information that as far as I can tell is sound. Mr. Schneider is articulate and clear. If you dont know anything about Fechins paintings but admire them, this will be an informative DVD for you. I had seen several dozen Fechin paintings and studied them closely, so I didnt learn much. For instance: Use canvas with a coarse weave. Use dry paint - put it on paper to dry overnight Use a big brush. Apply paint thinly in broken dry brush strokes. Pay close attention to drawing. Leave peripheral areas incompletely covered with paint. .... and a few more similar tips are what I took away from the DVD, nothing very profound. Fechins artistry still remains a mystery for me.