Online Class

Water Views: Acrylic Landscapes


Paint lovely lakeside scenes! Join artist Bennett Vadnais and capture the movement and energy of water with acrylic paint.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Bennett Vadnais
  • 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 the versatility of acrylic paint as you bring water scenes to life. Mix and apply colors to create harmonious depth in your composition, and learn how to accurately recreate the serene shades of sky and water. Use value to give flat-looking foliage volume and dimension, and discover expert shortcuts for creating natural textures like grass and bark. Plus, make your water scenes even more dynamic as you find out how to paint waves and surface reflections with breathtaking realism.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Bennett Vadnais, and learn about his approach to landscape painting.
2. Composing & Transferring Images
3. Creating an Underpainting
4. Working With Color
5. Adding Planes & Color
6. Refining the Foreground
7. Refining the Water & Hills
8. Finishing Touches

Taught by

Bennett Vadnais
Bennett Vadnais
Awarded the American Society of Classical Realism’s first scholarship, Bennett Vadnais trained in the classical tradition at such schools as the Bougie Studio, the Water Street Atelier and the Art Students League of New York. He specializes in urban landscapes, and his work has been exhibited internationally. Vadnais teaches painting and drawing in New York City, and is excited to share his unique insights with artists on Craftsy!
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