Students will find advice on selecting ranges of colors that match the subjects of their paintings. They also learn to thin and mix pigments with turpentine, use palette knives for mixing paints and for applying color directly to the canvas, and much more. The book's last page presents a capsule description of the Spanish Renaissance painter Francisco Pacheco and shows three of his paintings. Each book in this series opens with descriptions and illustrations of materials the students will require, including pigments, a variety of brushes, and additional equipment. Sections that follow give basic instruction on different methods of applying pigments to paper or canvas to produce different effects and textures for different purposes. Several projects are then presented in order of increasing difficulty, with special attention first to still lifes, and then to landscapes. The concluding page of each book describes a master artist who excelled in the medium being taught, and shows representative illustrations of several of his masterpieces.