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Startup Library: Painting With Acrylic

Everything you need to start painting with acrylic — tools, techniques and more.
Startup Library: Painting With Acrylic is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I am an experienced watercolor painter but have been intrigued with acrylics for years and thought this might be a nice introduction before pursuing an in-person course. Unfortunately, I found this course disappointing. First, the supply list was not really geared towards a beginning. All listed supplies were professional grade with no cheaper options. I understand the importance over quality supplies but there was absolutely no discussion of alternatives that might work while you decide if you are just taking this one course or planning to pursue this as a life long hobby. Had I purchased all the supplies on the list they would have been well over $200. The course is 12 lectures and the first four, covering supplies and setting up your work space, could easily have been combined into one lecture. Lecture 5 was on stretching your own canvas which is not something a beginner need to worry about. She finally starts painting on lecture 6. Lectures 6-11 are all exercises. Finally on the last lecture, she gets into painting a picture. I starting skimming through the demos, not yet having purchased any supplies, trying to see if I could avoid buying all eight recommended brushes. She didn't even identify which brush she was using in her first demo. I understand the need for working on technique and theory but it would have been nice to incorporate those into lectures that also allowed you to do some real painting. Watching 11 videos before the final payoff of getting to paint a picture is pretty rough. In the end, I found an acrylic paint class on YouTube that was more applicable to my current interests and jumped right into painting. I may go back and review the exercise lectures in more detail if and when I finally purchase supplies but I honestly found this course discouraging. Maybe I should just stick with my watercolors.
Date published: 2024-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Paint with Acrylics Ep. 1 Just got my 2 week trial started last night, its AM now and i'm still browsing and watching and testing, but i must say, this one was a very good video to get my appetite for a new hobby going. I am looking forward to what else I find up here. If you're still not sure if u wanna try it, im here to tell ya, you wanna try this place for sure.
Date published: 2024-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nina did a great job of showing and explaining all the aspects of painting with acrylics. I learned about setting up and organizing my painting space, how to keep my paint from drying out, differences in brushes, etc. She discussed color theory, value and more importantly, showed how to apply them.
Date published: 2023-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well done Addressed all of my technical questions. Instructor was very good speaker.
Date published: 2022-01-02
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Overview

Ready to take the exciting first steps in acrylic painting? In this comprehensive beginner’s class, esteemed artist Nina Weiss walks you through the basics, from choosing a palette and paint to fundamental techniques such as color mixing, layering and more. Practice your new skills with simple exercises and projects including a monochromatic painting and full-color still life. With Nina’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll be confidently using acrylics in no time!

About

Nina Weiss

INSTITUTION

Craftsy

In 1980, Nina Weiss left the cities of the East Coast for the farmlands of the American Midwest. The vast open spaces inspired her to begin her journey as a landscape painter. Today, Nina's work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as in a variety of books and films. Nina taught for more than 18 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she's currently teaching at Columbia College Chicago.

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What You Need: Paint & Palette

01: What You Need: Paint & Palette

Meet Nina Weiss and go over the tools and supplies you'll need to get started, including what paint and palette to buy.

21 min
What You Need: Brushes

02: What You Need: Brushes

Take a look at the different types of brushes available as Nina explains what each one does, plus cleaning and care instructions.

14 min
What You Need: Supports

03: What You Need: Supports

The great thing about acrylic paint is that it will stick to almost any surface. Traditionally it's used on canvas. Here, Nina shows you various options for supports and how to gesso a pre-stretched canvas or board.

15 min
Method: Stretching Canvas

04: Method: Stretching Canvas

Nina walks you through constructing your own custom canvases, from buying supplies to finishing corners.

23 min
Method: Workspace

05: Method: Workspace

Having a clean and tidy place to work is essential for any artist! Nina shows you how to organize your workspace and arrange your lighting for maximum comfort while you paint.

6 min
Exercise: Value Painting of Geometric Shapes

06: Exercise: Value Painting of Geometric Shapes

Once your workspace is set up, you're ready to start painting! First Nina helps you select the right brush to achieve the correct paint consistency and opacity. Then she demonstrates edge-to-edge painting before sharing the various composition elements.

39 min
Exercise: Value Painting of Eggs

07: Exercise: Value Painting of Eggs

Continue value painting as you work on a representational painting of eggs. Nina teaches you how to use directional mark-marking, depth and contrast to make the eggs look round, and blend values to create smooth transitions.

26 min
Exercise: Monochromatic Painting of Eggs

08: Exercise: Monochromatic Painting of Eggs

Throw some color in the mix as you create a monochromatic painting using the same subject of eggs. Continue to practice the fundamentals: seeing light, re-creating form, mixing, edges and transitions.

30 min
Exercise: The Color Wheel

09: Exercise: The Color Wheel

Now you're ready to create a color wheel! In this lesson, Nina teaches you basic color theory, from triads to temperature, and fundamental color mixing techniques.

33 min
Exercise: Neutralization Scales

10: Exercise: Neutralization Scales

After working with black, white and a single color, dive into the world of complementary colors: yellow/violet, blue/orange and red/green. Understand how neutralization works to open up your paint possibilities!

26 min
Exercise: Complementary Color Painting of Eggs

11: Exercise: Complementary Color Painting of Eggs

Use your new understanding of color theory and color mixing to create a painting of eggs using the complementary colors violet and yellow, as well as white.

32 min
Make It: Lemon Painting

12: Make It: Lemon Painting

Once you're comfortable mixing colors, adjusting values and working with complements, apply your new skills to a lemon still life. Nina helps you work from dark-to-light and thin-to-thick, look for full-range values and use complex colors effectively.

42 min