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Back to Basics: Learn to Paint with Acrylic

Learn to Paint with Acrylic: Basics & Brushes

Welcome to Back to Basics with Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond. Together, we will explore the basics of drawing, painting, and the general art making process in order to create more successful pieces.

This lesson is broken up into twelve videos, all of which are included below on this page. When you complete one section, scroll down to the next video to continue. You have unlimited access to this page, so you can come back as often as you'd like.

We hope you enjoy this class! Thanks for being part of our Art Makes Us community.


Lesson 1: Introduction

Meet the instructors and get an overview of the course.


Lesson 2: Project Overview/Materials

See the project we will be painting together and go over all of the materials that will be used.


Lesson 3: Sketch with Brush

Sketch the image onto the paper with paint.


Lesson 4: Underpainting

Get a base coat on the painting using just one color and focusing on value.


Lesson 5: Sky Color Blocking

Block in the colors on the sky.


Lesson 6: Sky Detail

Add additional details to the sky.


Lesson 7: Mountains

Paint the mountains.


Lesson 8: Ground Color Blocking

Block in the color on the ground.


Lesson 9: Ground Detail Part 1

Add more detail to the ground.


Lesson 10: Ground Detail Part 2

Add final touches of detail to the ground.


Lesson 11: Painting the Tree

Paint the focal point of the image - the tree.


Lesson 12: Closing Thoughts

Remove the tape and enjoy your masterpiece! Thank you for being part of this class. Happy painting!


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