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Acrylic Painting: Basics & Beyond

with Michael Lynne
Jump-start your artistic journey with step-by-step guidance from blank canvas to acrylic work of art!

Discover the essential techniques you need to paint confidently with acrylics! Experienced instructor Michael Lynne walks you through setting up your palette and introduces you to the colorful world of tints, tones and shades. Learn to recognize and recreate value shifts to depict light and form, and develop your painting skills with fun cube studies. Use a simple block-in method to sketch your first still life, and create a sense of space and dimension with cast shadows and highlights. Find out how to incorporate perspective and color theory into a landscape painting, and add depth and luminous warmth with acrylic washes and glazes. Discover essential acrylic tips and techniques and become a better artist today!

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Lesson 1. The Basics

  • Meet your instructor, fine art instructor Michael Lynne. Set up a workspace with Lynne's tips for preparing a limited nine-color palette, creating transparent, translucent and opaque washes, and identifying and mixing the values and hues that you want to work with.


Lesson 2. The Cube Effect & Gradation


Lesson 3. Simple Monochromatic Still Life


Lesson 4. Color


Lesson 5. Color Still Life


Lesson 6. Aerial Perspective & Glazing


Lesson 7. Painting a Landscape From a Photo

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