BEGINNING ACRYLIC PAINTING
I have created several acrylic painting videos that show simple exercise you can do to develop your painting skills. These are fun, non-intimidating ways to become acquainted with acrylic paint, how to mix colors and various simple techniques that will introduce you to painting with acrylics.
by Lois DeWitt
If you have done some painting with acrylic paints and need a refresher for your skills, or seek to continue with acrylic paints, I have created several videos that will help you develop your skills further. They involve some drawing skills as well and you can click on the "Learn Basic Drawing" button the the left to develop your skills first before proceeding.
"Dunes At Sunset"
by Lois DeWitt
You have completed the Intermediate Learn Acrylic Painting Lessons or are well acquainted with the acrylic medium and want to strengthen your personal skills and style.
I have created some videos that will show you ways of taking your skills into more advanced techniques. The key is to investigate those areas of painting that are of the most interest to you and in which you can hone your skills further towards developing a personal style.
Interested in learning about using color in painting? Check out Richard Robinson's "Mastering Color" course.
Dear Mrs. DeWitt
What fun we had with acrylic painting! My ladies church group decided that we should all take a painting class. Most of us voted for acrylics because they are easier to work with and not so messy.
We meet in the church basement and each of us brings an object. Then we put the our stuff together into a still life (not all of it!)
We work for two hours then have coffee. Everyone is doing really well and we watch your videos over and over until we get it right!
Thanks for making your classes available to us and God bless,
Wendy, Elvy, Kaye, Betty Ann and Joan
To answer your questions, I live in Detroit, Michigan. I was doing alot of web browsing on the yahoo search engine looking for free art classes because right now, I cannot afford to pay to go to art school. So I was looking for free art lessons for the time being that would still provide the same kind of lessons to assist in my growth as an inexperienced artist. I came from a family of artists and the natural gift was passed down to me, however, I never took advantage of going to an art school to improve my craft. I look forward to your lessons filling that gap.
So far the online lessons I have made it through have been extremely informative and helpful, not just the techniques, but general information on how to not ruin your brushes, waste paint, etc. I thank you soooo much for making this available for people like me who can't get out and go to art lessons often enough to count, :p I do these when I get off work and have time and it's not stressful trying to work around my already hectic schedule, so thank you again. Kayla M. Gray
I'm 60 and just getting back into art. My mother was an artist and I always wanted to be one too. I like the (acrylic) painting and I'm just finishing up the Intermediate! Never though I could paint so good! Eleanor Fuller
starts with a good drawing. That is why I teach beginning painting students how to draw. I find that acquiring drawing skills not only makes beginning painting easier and less challenging, but also gives students the confidence they need to progress at a good rate through the lessons!
Above is a simple drawing of a still life that I did to show my students how to begin painting a still life. Once the forms are put down with lines, the basic colors can be put in. When the canvas is fully painted, an environment is created (elimination of the white canvas is important, as it acts as a block between the painted colors' interaction.)
From the basic colors, light and shadow can then be put in to create volume and make the composition dimensional.