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Learn to Paint Portraits in Acrylic | Starts June 1, 2023

Paint an acrylic portrait in fifteen 10-minute video lessons!

In this video series, artist Paul Richmond breaks down the fundamentals of painting acrylic portraits into 10-minute daily exercises that will help you learn the tools, techniques, and skills of this popular medium. Students will create one original painting from start-to-finish during this course, each lesson containing another step in the process.

Sign up and receive a new video lesson directly in your inbox for fifteen days beginning June 1, 2023! You will be amazed at how much your painting skills will improve in a short time with focused, daily practice. Paul's gentle, lighthearted approach will make learning fun and keep you coming back for more. Enrollment gives you unlimited access to the video lessons, so you can always watch them at a later date too.

Acrylic paint is an accessible artistic medium with tremendous potential. It’s great for artists at every stage from beginners to advanced. Learning the basics is important because it gives artists a foundation to build on. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the steps and techniques of creating an original acrylic landscape painting.

At the beginning, we will go over all the materials and how they will be used. Prior to the start of the class, you will receive a pdf of the drawing we will be painting, sized to print at 8" x 10" to match the size of the canvas. Please print this out and Paul will demonstrate how to transfer the portrait to the canvas in lesson 1. This is followed by a monotone underpainting - covering the entire image with different shades of a single color to work out the value structure of the image. Next we will paint the image in shades of black, white, and grey. Finally we will glaze in color and add additional layers of detail until the painting is complete. Students can apply the skills learned in this course to create more acrylic paintings of any subject matter and in any style. The sky’s the limit once you learn the basics!

Paul has been teaching students to paint for over twenty years. This class covers the most effective techniques he has discovered for helping artists learn how to create beautiful acrylic portrait paintings. This class is great for beginners and also a refresher for anyone who wants to get back to the basics of painting.

Note: When you checkout, please enter the email address you would like the video lessons sent to in the notes section. If you are giving this as a gift, enter the recipient's email address. You will receive an email confirming your order immediately, and the private link to the first video lesson will arrive June 1, 2023. Subsequent lessons will be sent daily through June 15, 2023.


    When you receive the sketch of the portrait by email, print it out at 100% size to be used in lesson 1.

    You are welcome to work with any acrylic painting materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul will be using in this series:

    1. 8" x 10" stretched canvas 
    2. Acrylic paint - primary colors (red, blue yellow), white, and black are all that’s necessary. Additional colors if possible: brown, green,
    3. Acrylic paintbrushes - variety of sizes
    4. Paint tray or palette paper
    5. Soft-lead pencil (4B or 6B)
    6. Cup of water and paper towels

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