Learn Acrylic Painting

Fun, Easy and Rewarding Lessons At Three Learning Levels


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Learn Acrylic Painting through six step by step Beginning Acrylic Painting Lessons! You will learn how to paint and have a lot of fun in the process. If you have never painted before, don't worry! The first six art lessons will introduce you to all the materials you will need and start you painting right away. Through a series of fun and easy projects and exercises, you'll be on your way to creating beautiful paintings.

Lesson One: Introduction to acrylic painting and the materials: Four skill exercises: mixing colors, washes, blending colors, brushwork.

Lesson Two: Painting simple shapes. Practice blending and shading colors to produce volume and contrast.

Lesson Three: Still life. Paint two or three common still life objects. The observation method will help you accurately paint colors, shapes and details. Learn to draw the objects first, then add color and volume through shading and highlights.

Lesson Four: Landscape. Paint outside or from a photo. Here we will study composition, lighting effects, perspective and effective use of color and line.

Lesson Five: Self-portrait. Using a mirror and painting your likeness. Investigating personal style will require you to see and depict yourself in a certain way (sad, happy, pensive, dreamy, etc.)

Lesson Six: You've come a long way! You've learned quite a bit about acrylic painting! You're last project will be an abstract painting, using the techniques and skills you've learned apart from content.

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"Beach Sunset"

Acrylic painting

by Lois DeWitt


You've either completed the first six Learn Acrylic Painting Lessons or have had some experience painting with acrylics and want develop your painting skills further. At Intermediate Level, through the step by step art lessons, you will hone your drawing, painting and observation skills and begin to examine your direction towards developing a personal style.

Lesson One: The first lesson is a "refresher" on acrylic painting techniques, including projects for mixing colors, blending, shading, highlights, washes and brushwork.

Lesson Two: Still life. Arrange several common objects with drapery into an interesting composition with added specific, directional lighting. You will learn how to paint what you see accurately, using the pencil gauge method for scale,local color, lighting and shading.

Lesson Three: Black and white. Work from a photo of a landscape or outside. Learn all about tonal contrasts and composition, figure/ground relationships, focal point and movement.

Lesson Four: Vibrant color. A room or interior space is your subject matter. Learn how to simplify a complexity of objects in a given composition and stylize it with a selected palette of bright, vibrant colors.

Lesson Five: Muted color. A room or interior space is your subject matter again. Use a palette of muted colors this time and stylize the composition, choosing only subtle colors.

Lesson Six: Personal Style. Through a brainstorming process, you will investigate your own personal style and learn how to develop it. The final painting study will be uniquely your own! This last lesson will help prepare you for the first Advanced Lessons.

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"Dunes At Sunset"

Acrylic Painting

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. The Advanced Acrylic Painting Art Lessons are focused on your development as an artist and will guide you towards analyzing and strengthening your own personal style.

Lesson One: Your personal style is very important. Self-examination in the painting process is key to strengthening your own personal style and way of painting. Choose your own preferred subject matter (or abstraction, if that is your style).

Lesson Two: Your first critique consists of suggestions in technique and content. Often, at this juncture, I will suggest certain artwork examples that relate to your work. By looking at these (they will be online) you will begin to see your work in the broader context of the art world.

Lesson Three: As you develop a body of work, you may be considering showing it in a gallery if you do not have a gallery already. We will discuss the best way to proceed.

Lesson Four: By now you have a body of work -- six to ten paintings that you think are going in the direction you would like. You will research the many rich resources that artists draw on--the media, art historical works, their life and relationships, poetry, objects they find in the world around them, relationships with others, etc.

Lesson Five: Looking closely at your progress here is important. We will scan everything from your materials, use of color, composition, design elements, strength of image and technique. In other words, is everything aligned towards one direction in your work? I will help you answer that question.

Lesson Six: From the body of your work you will choose one that you think is especially good-- in that it embodies closely your own personal style and direction. We will examine why you have chosen this particular piece and will have a dialog about your direction. Through these six Advanced Acrylic Painting Lessons, you will be ready, if you choose, to launch your work into the art world and have the confidence to do so!

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Real Feedback

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


Hi Lois,

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.

Demetria Head


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

The beginning of a good painting... 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.