Online Class

Reflections in Acrylic: Depicting Light on Water

$39.99

Improve the realism of your waterscapes by learning how to paint convincing reflections on both tranquil and choppy waters.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 6 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)

How it works

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

Class Overview

Discover how to paint reflections on water alongside professional artist and instructor Peter John Reid. Start by practicing a wet-in-wet blending technique you'll use throughout class as you paint a dynamic sky and its reflection on water. Next explore how to paint reflections on rippling water for a dramatic result. Take your skills further as you see how to modify your painted reflections depending on the depth of the water. Then get step-by-step guidance for using rounded, elongated brush strokes to recreate the appearance of choppy water and the subtle color shifts it produces. Plus, you'll even see how glazing techniques can help you finish your painting with smooth color transitions, an enhanced sense of depth and more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Seeing Reflections
23:36
Meet your instructor, Peter John Reid, before you learn to simplify reflections by looking at the lines, shapes and colors that produce them. Next, Peter will help you paint a dynamic sky with a wet-in-wet blending technique and a dry brush.
2. Broken Reflections
34:01
3. Painting Ripples
21:27
4. Painting Depth
20:45
5. Choppy Water
21:57
6. Glazing
22:22

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife
  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, acrylic paper

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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