Mastering Brushstrokes - Part 2
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Mastering Brushstrokes - Part 2

Master key brushstrokes that lie at the core of watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting.
4.7 (301 ratings)
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Created by Jill Poyerd
Last updated 6/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 54 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Gain a thorough understanding of a broad range of brushstrokes
  • Develop a broad toolbox of strokes for reference when creating works of art
  • Learn how each brushstroke impacts form
  • Learn the history behind brushstrokes and paint application
  • Understand how brushstrokes are affected by painting mediums
  • Expand your creativity by increasing your knowledge base
Requirements
  • Students should have very basic knowledge of their chosen painting medium.
  • It's beneficial but not necessary for students to take PART ONE of this course first.
Description

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Brushstrokes are at the core of being an artist, and an individual's brushwork is one of the things that sets them apart from other artists. Using her approachable, easy-to-understand teaching method and lots of hands-on activities, artist Jill Poyerd breaks down historic and contemporary brushwork into twenty-two unique brushstrokes from traditional to unconventional. 

This course is part two of a two-part series and covers ten of the twenty-two strokes. They are broken down by style of application and include a brief history, examples of how they're used in masterpieces, visual demonstrations, and student practice exercises. By combining technical learning with visual and hands-on examples, students gain a thorough understanding of each brushstroke variation. Part two covers broken strokes as well as alternative application methods and finishes with a five-stroke painting exercise.

Note: Demonstrations are given in both watercolor and oil paint. Acrylic painters simply have to apply the knowledge depending on how they use that medium, whether thick (like oil) or thin (like watercolor).

Who this course is for:
  • Any level painter working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, or gouache
Course content
Expand all 63 lectures 04:55:00
+ Introduction
1 lecture 03:50

This video introduces students to the brushstrokes course: how it is designed and what to expect as you proceed.

Preview 03:50
+ If You Haven't Taken Part 1
8 lectures 17:02

Dilution has an important role in painting, and can influence application, color, and value. In this lecture, we discuss the various aspects of dilution's influence.

Dilution
04:03

Brush load refers to how much paint your brush is holding. Some brushstrokes can work with any brush load while others require specific amounts of paint. This lecture discusses the variables, giving visual examples.

Brush Load
01:54

Viscosity is basically a liquid's level of fluidity - it's resistance to flow. The more diluted a paint, the less viscose the paint. In this lecture, we discuss how viscosity effects paint application.

Viscosity
02:47

Whether your painting surface is wet or dry will have a huge impact on paint application, especially for artists working in water media. This lecture discusses the two surface options and how they can impact results.

Surface Condition
01:25

How absorbent your surface is will also impact paint application. If a surface is absorbent, it will soak up more paint. If it's not, the paint will sit on the surface. In this lecture, we briefly discuss how this effects brushwork.

Preview 01:53

There are a few more brief topics we need to discuss before beginning the actual lessons. In this video, we go over a few things students need to know before practicing strokes at home or painting the object painting. Be sure you watch this first before trying the painting exercises. Note the attached resources after watching.

Preparing to Paint
02:21

If you work with watercolors and you find that as you practice the various brushstrokes you're unable to achieve the right results, you may want to watch Bonus Section 10 where I show you first-hand how painting materials can impact watercolor results.

If You Run Into Problems
00:10
+ Broken Brushstrokes
20 lectures 01:00:11
Dashes
05:38
Dashes - Oil
03:17

Now that you've learned about dashes and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting dashes at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, unless otherwise indicated. Includes a helpful handout.

Dashes - Stroke Practice
01:49

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only dashed strokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create an dashed version of your chosen image.

Dashes - Object Painting
02:08

Now that you've learned about dabbing and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting dabs at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, unless otherwise indicated. Includes a helpful handout.

Dabs - Stroke Practice
02:23

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only dabbing strokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create an dabbed version of your chosen image.

Dabs - Object Painting
01:54
Directional
04:54
Directional - Oil
02:29

Now that you've learned about directional strokes and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting directional strokes at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, unless otherwise indicated. Includes a helpful handout.

Directional - Stroke Practice
02:08

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only directional brushstrokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create an directional stroke version of your chosen image.

Directional - Object Painting
01:57
Pointillism
06:20
Pointillism - Oil
02:12

Now that you've learned about pointillistic strokes and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting pointillistic strokes at home. I recommend using one color initially for this exercise, and then a second color as indicated. Includes a helpful handout.

Pointillism - Stroke Practice
02:11

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only pointillistic brushstrokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a pointillistic version of your chosen image.

Pointillism - Object Painting
02:36
Stippling
04:37
Stippling - Oil
02:49

Now that you've learned about stippling and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting stipple strokes at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, but try adding a second color towards the end of your painting session. Includes a helpful handout.

Stippling - Stroke Practice
02:06

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only stippling brushstrokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a stippled version of your chosen image.

Stippling - Object Painting
02:34
+ Alternative Brushstrokes
20 lectures 01:05:57
Splatter
06:43
Splatter - Oil
02:56

Now that you've learned about splattering and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting splatter at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, but try adding a second color towards the end of your painting session. Includes a helpful handout.

Splatter - Stroke Practice
01:52

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object that incorporates splatter strokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a splattered version of your chosen image.

Splatter - Object Painting
02:04
Dripping
05:31
Dripping - Oil
02:39

Now that you've learned about dripping and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting drips of paint at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, but then add a second color once you feel comfortable. Includes a helpful handout.

Dripping - Stroke Practice
04:26

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object that incorporates drips of paint.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a dripped version of your chosen image.

Dripping - Object Painting
02:50
Dabbing (No Brush)
04:37
Dabbing (No Brush) - Oil
02:37

Now that you've learned about dabbing without a brush and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice painting dabs of paint with miscellaneous objects at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise, but try adding a second color towards the end of your painting session. Includes a helpful handout.

Dabbing No Brush - Stroke Practice
02:19

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only non-brush dabbing.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a dabbed version of your chosen image without a brush.

Dabbing No Brush - Object Painting
02:24
Smearing
04:24
Smearing - Oil
03:22

Now that you've learned about smearing and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice smearing at home. I recommend using two colors for this exercise. Includes a helpful handout.

Smearing - Stroke Practice
01:41

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object using only smearing strokes.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a smeared version of your chosen image.

Smearing - Object Painting
03:28
Scraping
04:41
Scraping - Oil
02:09

Now that you've learned about scraping and watched example demonstrations, it's time for you to try it on your own. This lecture walks you through how to practice scraping paint with at home. I recommend using one color for this exercise. Includes a helpful handout.

Scraping - Stroke Practice
03:01

Applying the brushstroke is a critical part of the learning process. In this lecture, I demonstrate painting an object that incorporates scraping paint wet or dry.

When you're ready to try it on your own, select up to four colors, prepare your paint mixes, and create a scraped version of your chosen image.

Scraping - Object Painting
02:13
+ Five-Stroke Painting Exercise
5 lectures 37:07
5-Stroke Painting Introduction
03:27
5-Stroke Watercolor Demo Part 1
04:10
5-Stroke Watercolor Demo Part 2
17:48
5-Stroke Oil Demo Part 1
02:52
5-Stroke Oil Demo Part 2
08:50
+ Combining Brushstrokes and Final Remarks
2 lectures 09:12

Now that we learned about the 22 different strokes, we're going to examine a few masterpieces, observing how the artist combined various strokes while creating the work of art. 

Combining Brushstrokes
07:01

This brief video touches on a few final but important thoughts to close out the course.

Wrapping it Up
02:11
+ Bonus: The History of Brushstrokes
3 lectures 42:41

How do brushstrokes influence a work of art? What are the different brushstrokes and which Masters made them famous? This three-part groundbreaking series traces the history of artistic brushwork beginning with the pre-Renaissance era up to the 1800s.

Brushstrokes - The Early Masters
15:00

Part two of this groundbreaking series on brushstrokes delves into the significant changes that occurred in the world of art throughout the19th Century. Many of the innovative brushstrokes developed by the masters during this time period set the foundation for the work and ideas seen throughout the 20th century and into today.

Brushstrokes - The 19th Century
12:45

In part three of this groundbreaking series, students take a look at the explosion of new ideas in brushwork and paint application. Focusing on select brushstrokes, the video walks through the gradual progression and shows how ideas of abstraction became part of the artist’s repertoire.

Brushstrokes - The Modern Era
14:56
+ Bonus: How to Flatten a Watercolor
1 lecture 03:02

In this video, artists working in watercolor, gouache, and other water media paints watch as I demonstrate my method for flattening a warped painting on watercolor paper.

How to Flatten a Watercolor
03:02
+ Bonus: How Supplies Impact Painting Results
2 lectures 42:33

If you're struggling to succeed with certain brushstrokes in watercolor, the problem could be your paints. In this lecture, we examine professional, student, and academic grade watercolor paints and how paint grade can impact results when painting.

How Paint Quality Impacts Results
20:52

The quality and brand of watercolor paper can have an enormous influence on painting results. It could mean the difference between success and failure. In this lecture, we examine professional, student, and academic grade watercolor papers and how they impact results when painting.

How Paper Quality Impacts Results
21:41