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Painting Trees in Acrylic


Learn essential techniques for painting trees in acrylic. Capture the awe-inspiring qualities of every season in forestscapes that transport viewers to tranquility.

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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 Peter John Reid
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Create fascinating forestscapes in acrylic with professional painter and author Peter John Reid. Learn to paint better trees by recognizing and capturing the differences in the trunks, branches and canopies of a variety of species. Mix lush greens with confidence. Apply wet-in-wet techniques to paint striking skies. Use glazing methods to capture the magic of a sunset or a misty morning. Paint groups of trees with attention-grabbing depth and convincing perspective. Recreate the reflection of trees and sky on water. Easily achieve vibrant backgrounds and captivating canopies with watercolor techniques in acrylic. Create a multitude of trees, grasses and leaves without painting them individually. Plus, use negative painting to build form quickly and add details such as the sky peeking through foliage. Paint forestscapes that capture the wonder of a walk in the woods.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Elements of the Tree
Meet your instructor, artist and author Peter John Reid. Peter begins the lesson by showing a whole new way to look at trees. You'll see detailed examples of how trunks, branches and canopies vary between species. In addition, Peter shares his tips and tricks for capturing the unique character of each tree.
2. Mixing Greens
3. Wet-in-Wet Blends for Backgrounds
4. Forms in Groups
5. The Watercolor Technique
6. Painting Tree Noise
7. Negative Painting

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paint, brushes, canvas or board
  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife

Taught by

Peter John Reid
Peter John Reid
Peter John Reid is the author of How to Paint with Acrylics. He's a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, now OCAD University, and his paintings can be found in galleries throughout Ontario. Reid also started the painting group Studio Twenty, which has raised thousands of dollars for local charities through donated paintings. He lives on an idyllic wooded property with his partner, visual artist and writer Bonnie Gardiner. The art on their walls is forever changing.

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