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Acrylic Painting Lessons

Improve your painting skills with acrylics.
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Acrylic Painting Academy
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15 Lessons | 4 Hours | 14 Ebooks

ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES


Expressive Brushstrokes with Acrylics
Learn how to loosen up and create expressive brushstrokes in your acrylic paintings.
How to create an acrylic transfer
Learn how to create acrylic transfers in this free painting lesson video.
How to glaze with acrylics
Learn how to glaze with acrylic paints in this lesson that explores indirect painting.
How to choose the right paint brush
Everything you need to know about paint brushes. Brush hair types, shapes, marks, and parts are all covered in this video, comprehensive guide, and infographic.
Acrylic painting tools and materials
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An introduction to "The Acrylic Painting Academy" video course.
The Acrylic Painting Academy - Light and Form
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A look at manipulating value to create the illusion of light and form in an acrylic painting.
How to Stretch Canvas
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A step by step look at stretching and preparing canvas for painting.
Acrylic painting color theory and mixing
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A look at color theory and mixing colors. The properties of acrylic paints, color, and color schemes are all explored.
Color Theory in Action
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A look at implementing color theory in an acrylic painting. Monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, and complementary schemes are explored.
Abstract Painting with Acrylics
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A look at abstraction and non-objective painting with acrylics.
Acrylic Mediums
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A look at four of the most commonly used acrylic mediums used by painters.
Acrylic Painting Basics
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Get introduced to a few basics on the medium of acrylic painting in this recorded Live Lesson. 
Basic Color Mixing Lesson
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Learn how to mix virtually every color using 7 vital pigments.
The Interactive Color Wheel
Learn color theory the easy and fun way with The Interactive Color Wheel.

ANIMALS


Acrylic Painting Lesson of a Bird
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Join us as we take a look at painting with acrylics on gessoed board. Watch and learn as the entire painting develops with instruction along the way.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Acrylic Portrait Painting Lesson
Learn how to paint a portrait with acrylics in this lesson that focuses on deliberate and visible brush strokes.
Free Painting Lessons-How to Mix Skin Tones
Learn how to mix skin tones using just red, yellow, brown, and white in this free painting lesson video.

LANDSCAPE


How to paint waves
Learn how to paint waves with acrylics in this painting lesson.
Underpainting with Acrylics Part 1
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Part one of a series on developing an underpainting with acrylics. The background is developed in this module.
Acrylic Underpainting Part 2
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 Part two of a series on developing an underpainting with acrylics. The foreground and the middle ground is developed in this module.
Glazing with Acrylics Part One
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Part one of a series on adding layers of glaze to an acrylic painting. The background and parts of the middle ground are developed.
Glazing with Acrylics Part Two
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Part two of a series on adding layers of glaze to an acrylic painting. The foreground and the middle ground is developed in this module.
Painting with a Knife with Acrylics
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Learn how to apply acrylics with a variety of painting knives in this course module.
Acrylic Seascape Tutorial
Learn how to paint a seascape using acrylic paint in this video that features excerpts from a two hour lesson.
Acrylic Seascape Tutorial - Full Lesson
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Follow along and watch as a seascape is developed using acrylics in this two part video series on acrylic painting.

STILL LIFE


Acrylic Painting Lesson - Avocado
Learn how to paint directly in this lesson that explores basic acrylic painting techniques.
Acrylic Painting Techniques - Apple
Learn basic acrylic painting techniques in this free painting lesson video.
Acrylic painting lesson series - cherries
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Learn how to paint a realistic painting on watercolor paper in this series of recorded Live Lessons.
Knife painting with acrylics lesson
Learn how to create an acrylic painting using painting knives in this free video tutorial.
Acrylic Painting Academy - Direct Painting Part One
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Part one of a two-part series on painting directly (Alla Prima) with acrylics.
Acrylic Painting Academy - Direct Painting Part Two
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Part two of a two-part series on painting directly (Alla Prima) with acrylics.
Acrylic Still Life Lesson Series
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Recorded Live Lesson series on painting with acrylics. Create an under painting of values and layer local colors on top.
Acrylic Still Life Underpainting Lesson
Acrylic still life demonstration - excerpts from 2 live lessons.  Learn the importance of underpainting.
Acrylic Still Life Underpainting  Full Lesson
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Learn how to create an underpainting of values in this two part video series on acrylic painting.
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More On Acrylics...

In the world of art, acrylics are the new players on the scene.  They have only been around for about 50 years, but have already proven to be a favorite medium for many painters. Acrylics dry incredibly fast, allowing for many layers to be created on surfaces quickly and easily.  This quality can be both an advantage and a hindrance. Acrylic mediums are available that slow drying times, making acrylics behave a bit more like oils.  Acrylics dry to a plastic surface that is water-proof.  They can also be thinned and used like watercolor paints.