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Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media

with Sharlena Wood
Learn mixed media techniques to bring the beauty of wildlife to your canvas!

Paint vivid, lifelike animals as award-winning artist Sharlena Wood guides you through a variety of accessible acrylic, charcoal and pastel techniques. Discover how to render accurate proportions, build dimensional form and convey drama as you create your own unique wildlife images. Learn to depict distinctive fur and feather textures using wet and dry media, and enhance your work with luminous highlights. Integrate textural medium with delicate acrylic washes for captivating contrast, and bring expressive energy to your creations with Sharlena’s tips for painting realistic animal eyes and features. Bring the power and excitement of wildlife to your easel with essential mixed media skills!

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Lesson 1. Mixed Media Painting & Drawing

  • Meet your instructor, artist and art educator Sharlena Wood, as you kick off the class with Sharlena's favorite techniques for mixed media. Discover various uses for acrylic paints and how to pair them with other materials like pastels, matte medium and more to create dynamic, textural works. Practice combining different mediums by starting with a simple feather project.


Lesson 2. Reference, Composition & Texture


Lesson 3. Layers of Fur


Lesson 4. Expression With Interference Colors


Lesson 5. Fearless Acrylic Ground


Lesson 6. The Illusion of Realism


Lesson 7. Feathers & Finishing

“Wow, I'm so impressed with this class. Sharlena is an excellent teacher, and the techniques are truly unique and effective. (...) I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in learning to paint. I'm so glad I found this class, and I'm super inspired. ”
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