Acrylic Painting: Learn the Basics For Beginners | LaurieAnne Gonzalez | Skillshare

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LaurieAnne Gonzalez, Painter | Dog Lover | Bob Ross Wannabe

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26 Lessons (2h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Workspace: Setting up

    • 3. Workspace: Cleaning your glass palette

    • 4. Workspace: Substrates (Paper/Canvas)

    • 5. Color Mixing: Resources

    • 6. Color Mixing: Part 1

    • 7. Color Mixing: Part 2

    • 8. Color Mixing: Part 3

    • 9. Brushes: Part 1

    • 10. Brushes: Part 2

    • 11. Brushes: Part 3

    • 12. Brushes: Cleaning and Care

    • 13. Texture: Part 1

    • 14. Texture: Part 2

    • 15. Dimension: Part 1

    • 16. Dimension: Part 2

    • 17. Dimension: Part 3

    • 18. Dimension: Part 4

    • 19. Dimension: Part 5

    • 20. Depth of Field: Part 1

    • 21. Depth of Field: Part 2

    • 22. Depth of Field: Part 3

    • 23. Depth of Field: Part 4

    • 24. Depth of Field: Part 5

    • 25. Depth of Field: Part 6

    • 26. Final Thoughts and Class Project

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About This Class


Do you want paint but not exactly sure where to start? This is the class for you!

I created this class after I realized a lot of people who were interested in my first painting class (Acrylic Painting: How to Paint an Abstract Landscape) needed a little more instruction when it came to painting. I am SO excited for this class. It was really fun to get back to the basics!

In this class, I am going to teach you everything you need to know about Acrylic Painting in order to get started. Acrylic is such a great medium because it is very easy to learn and use.

I cover A LOT of information in this class but I have it broken down into 6 categories:

  • Your Workspace - I will show you my workspace and what tools I use to make it the perfect place to paint. Spoiler Alert: you do not need a fancy studio to paint, the kitchen table works great!
  • Color Mixing - I teach you how to mix colors and get a beautiful range of colors using the 3 primaries plus white and black. 
  • Brushes - I show you all of my favorite brushes and the different marks they make, as well as, Palette/Painting Knives! 
  • Texture (Acrylic Mediums) - I teach you how to use Acrylic Mediums to build really nice texture in your paintings and also how to create the desired finish on your piece. 
  • Dimension - I teach you how to create dimension when painting an object to avoid it looking flat.
  • Depth Of Field - I teach you have to achieve depth of field when painting a landscape by using scale and color. 

And much more!

At the end of this class, you will have all of the skills you need to begin painting! My first painting class, Acrylic Painting: How to Paint an Abstract Landscape, is the perfect follow up to this class! It is very easy and a great way to practice what you learned! 

I have other painting classes and recommend taking my classes in the order below:

1. Acrylic Painting: Learn The Basics For Beginners (this class)

2. Acrylic Painting: How To Paint An Abstract Landscape

3. Acrylic Painting: How to Paint Using a Limited Color Palette 

4. Acrylic Painting: Explore A New Composition Using A Reference Photo 

5. Acrylic Painting: How To Create A Mixed Media Painting

IMPORTANT: The paintings you create from my class examples are for learning/educational purposes only. Those paintings or ones heavily inspired by my class example (or my other work) cannot be sold or reproduced in any way. All of my work is copyrighted and that is a violation of the copyright. Please stick to painting from my class examples only (not from other work on my website) or work from your own inspiration photos.

I have linked all of my supplies from this class below*:

Hansa Yellow Medium

Ultramarine Blue

CP Cadmium Red Light

Carbon Black


Paynes Gray

Yellow Ochre


Color Wheel

Color Recipe Book

Acrylic Mediums

White Gesso

Golden OPEN Acrylic Paints

Blick Matte Acrylic Paints

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Watercolor Paper Pad


Palette/Painting Knives

Green Handle Princeton Paint Brushes

Da Vinci Paint Brushes

Brush Cleaner

Mister Spray Bottle

Large Filbert Paint Brush

Paint Brush Set

Gesso Brush Set

Artist Tape

Glass Palette

Disposable Palette

IKEA Utility Cart

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will make a commission, if you click thru and make a purchas