The Acrylic Painting Academy
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The Acrylic Painting Academy

Get Started With Acrylic Painting
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4.5 (78 ratings)
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761 students enrolled
Created by Matthew Fussell
Last updated 5/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 33 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Choose appropriate materials, surfaces, and tools for acrylic painting and know the compositional make-up of acrylics.
  • Mix and apply values of color to create the illusion of light and form in a painting.
  • Paint directly, mixing and applying colors as they are observed.
  • Mix colors and apply color theory to paintings.
  • Mix mediums to alter the behavior of acrylic paint.
  • Develop an underpainting made entirely of neutral grays in order to create a full range of value.
  • Apply translucent glazes of color to develop the colors within a scene.
  • Paint with various painting knives to create "impasto" effects.
  • Create Abstract and Non-Objective paintings.
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Requirements
  • Students will need basic acrylic painting supplies in order to paint along with the lessons
  • No prior knowledge or experience with painting is required.
Description

"The Acrylic Painting Academy" is a comprehensive painting course designed to guide absolute beginners to a level of producing professional quality acrylic paintings through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks. Designed for beginners, this course lays the foundation required for success with acrylics and painting in general.

Students are guided through a series of logically-sequenced course modules that build upon the last covering the following topics...

  • Materials, surfaces, and tools. Compositional make up of acrylic paint and brushes commonly used for acrylic painting.
  • Light and Form. How to mix and apply values of a color to create the illusion of light and form within a scene.
  • Stretching Canvas. How to stretch and prepare your own canvas for painting.
  • Learn the process of transferring images to a canvas and painting directly (Alla Prima) by mixing colors as they are observed. Apply layers of color applications to finish a painting that accurately communicates the subject through direct painting.
  • Color Theory and Mixing. Learn the basics of color theory and how to mix colors accurately.
  • Color Theory in Action. How to apply color theory in your paintings to create harmonious works.
  • Acrylic Mediums. A look at various acrylic fluid and gel mediums that can be used to enhance the versatility of the medium.
  • How to develop a painting completely made up of neutral values (Grisaille) to establish the tonal range.
  • How to create and apply translucent glazes of color over an underpainting to develop the colors within a scene.
  • Painting With a Knife. Learn to apply thick Impasto applications of color with painting knives.
  • Abstraction / Non-Objective Painting. Strategies for creating successful abstract and non-objective acrylic paintings.

Acrylic paints, various brushes, and surfaces are required to "paint along" with each of the demonstrations.  

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for beginner and intermediate artists. While advanced artist will most likely learn from the course, it is mostly geared to beginner and intermediate painters.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
04:08:30
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Introduction and Materials
1 Lecture 07:59

An introduction to “The Acrylic Painting Academy” video series, including a listing of materials and tools that will be used. A look at the compositional make up of acrylic paint and the brushes commonly used for acrylic painting.

Preview 07:59
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Getting Started
2 Lectures 19:23

Value is the most important factor in creating the illusion of light and form in a painting. This modules explores and demonstrates how it is used to create light and form in a painting.

Preview 11:57

A step by step look at stretching and preparing canvas for painting.

Stretching Canvas
07:26
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Direct Painting
3 Lectures 41:56

Part one of a two-part series on direct painting (Alla Prima) in which colors and values are applied as they are observed without underpainting.

Direct Painting Part One
18:24

Part two of a two-part series on direct painting (Alla Prima) in which colors and values are applied as they are observed without underpainting.

Direct Painting Part Two (A)
14:12

(Continued) Part two of a two-part series on direct painting (Alla Prima) in which colors and values are applied as they are observed without underpainting.

Direct Painting Part Two (B)
09:20
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Understanding Color
4 Lectures 47:03

A look at color theory and mixing colors. The properties of acrylic paints, color, and color schemes are all explored.

Color Theory and Mixing Part One
12:38

(Continued) A look at color theory and mixing colors. The properties of acrylic paints, color, and color schemes are all explored.

Color Theory and Mixing Part Two
08:34

A look at implementing color theory in an acrylic painting. Monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, and complementary schemes are explored. Part 1.

Color Theory in Action Part One
16:00

A look at implementing color theory in an acrylic painting. Monochromatic, analogous, split complementary, and complementary schemes are explored. Part 2.

Color Theory in Action Part Two
09:51
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Acrylic Mediums
1 Lecture 12:08

A look at four of the most commonly used acrylic mediums for painting.

Acrylic Mediums
12:08
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Underpainting
4 Lectures 53:31

A series on indirect painting in which a monochromatic underpainting is developed, followed by applications of color glazes. The background of the underpainting is developed in this module. Part 1A.

Underpainting Part One (A)
13:46

A series on indirect painting in which a monochromatic underpainting is developed, followed by applications of color glazes. The background of the underpainting is developed in this module. Part 1B.

Underpainting Part One (B)
13:22

A series on indirect painting in which a monochromatic underpainting is developed, followed by applications of color glazes. The background of the underpainting is developed in this module. Part 2A.

Underpainting Part Two (A)
12:06

A series on indirect painting in which a monochromatic underpainting is developed, followed by applications of color glazes. The background of the underpainting is developed in this module. Part 2B.

Underpainting Part Two (B)
14:17
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Glazing - Applying Transparent Color
2 Lectures 32:14

Part one of a series on glazing, a process in which translucent applications of color are applied over a monochromatic underpainting. The background is addressed in this module.

Glazing Part One
18:44

Part two of a series on glazing, a process in which translucent applications of color are applied over a monochromatic underpainting. The middle ground and the foreground are addressed in this module.

Glazing Part Two
13:30
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Knife Painting
1 Lecture 19:16

A look at using painting knifes to apply thick applications of color, resulting in an "impasto" surface and implied details.

Knife Painting
19:16
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Abstraction / Non-Objective Painting
1 Lecture 11:11

A look at abstract and non-objective painting including the differences between the two and strategies for creating paintings of this nature.

Abstraction / Non-objective Painting
11:11
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 03:49

A look at what was covered in the course and a plan for moving forward.

Conclusion
03:49
About the Instructor
Matthew Fussell
4.4 Average rating
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22,951 Students
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Illustrator and Educator

Hi, I am an illustrator and educator. As the founder and instructor at TheVirtualInstructor (website), I am able to help thousands of people all over the world realize their dreams of creating quality art. My illustrations have been featured in numerous publications and my work can be found in many private collections. Although I am an illustrator, my true passion in life is teaching. I have been teaching for over ten years and I am lucky to have helped so many people achieve their goals of creating art.