Online Class

Narrative Portraiture: Painting in Acrylic


Join artist Micah Ganske as he draws on the basics of mixing, glazing and layering to create a narrative portrait.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Join artist Micah Ganske and learn expert tips for painting portraits in acrylic. Whether you're new to the medium or a veteran painter, you'll build the skills to create compelling likenesses that tell a story about your subject. You'll start with the basics of choosing a photo, transferring the image to canvas and building a portrait with glazes. Ganske explains the many layers of acrylic in an intimate environment as he demonstrates how to build a painting from the underpainting to the finishing touches. With a crisp, over-the-shoulder view of Ganske's work, you'll gain thorough insight into how an accomplished painter moves and constructs an image.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Micah Ganske, and learn how to set up and get started.
2. Transferring the Photo
3. Underpainting
4. Underpainting the Midtones
5. Starting the Overpainting
6. Building Up The Overpainting
7. Overpainting the Background
8. Finishing Touches

Taught by

Micah Ganske
Micah Ganske
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ganske was always more interested in pursuing painting than catching waves. Since receiving his MFA from the Yale School of Art, his work has been featured in several high-profile exhibitions, including Miami’s Art Basel. Ganske’s work explores social, environmental and technological themes intended to ignite the imagination; “What is art for the viewer but a catalyst for inspiration?” asks the artist. “I want to make work which inspires and engages the viewer in what I truly believe is important and what drives me.”
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