Online Class

Painting the Imagined Landscape in Acrylics


Develop essential acrylic skills and paint a dreamlike landscape inspired by your imagination!

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Greg Houston
  • 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

Explore traditional and imagined landscape paintings as you learn foundational acrylic techniques from award-winning illustrator Greg Houston. Discover how to use color and artistic devices to convey mood, and create an underpainting that sets the stage for your landscape composition. Define ground, sky and shadows and build layers of warm and cool hues with expressive energy. Once you’ve mastered the classic landscape motif, play with color palette, texture and style to create a surreal scene inspired by your unique artistic vision. Enhance your painting with layering, glazing and ethereal effects and create an imagined landscape that shows off your creative style.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Naturalist & Symbolist Landscapes
Meet your instructor, professional illustrator and graphic novel artist Greg Houston. You'll gain insight into the techniques you'll learn over the course of this class before tapping into your creative side as you begin to look for inspiration in new places.
2. Drawing Inspiration
3. Warm Landscape Underpainting
4. Warm Landscape Development
5. Warm Landscape Finishing
6. Cool Landscape
7. Cool Landscape Detail Work

Taught by

Greg Houston
Greg Houston
Greg Houston earned his BFA from Pratt Institute and has been teaching illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 2006. His versatile style has garnered him magazine, film and music industry clients, as well as awards from the American Advertising Federation.
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