Acrylics for beginners #1 A winter scene | Doris Charest | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. The introduction

    • 2. The first color

    • 3. The drawing

    • 4. The first hills

    • 5. Acrylic 1 The second set of hills

    • 6. The black trees

    • 7. The snow on the tree

    • 8. Conclusion

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

Acrylics are fun and easy.  .This course is for the new-to-acrylics and will teach you all about how to start an acrylic  painting. Once you learn the basic steps, painting will be a joy. You can complete this course in an hour if you follow the step-by-step process. There are hints and pointers in every lesson. These are the successful lessons that have been used for beginner students before.  I have chosen my students' favorite lessons show you.  Come and enjoy these lessons too. 

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. The introduction: acrylics for beginners. The basics you Need to Know for Success by Doris Chevy I have a lot of experience in teaching art. I have a bachelor's degree in fine art and a master's degree in visual art education. I have taught mixed media classes and abstract classes all over Alberta. I love teaching art. What I present here is very simplified. It covers only the bare basics of what you need to know. Your project is a snow scene. In this course, you will do one project. It's for beginners, and I've had students that have no experience at all with painting have success with this painting. The project has been done many times by students before, and it is a step by step project. The project is meant to get you used to handling the acrylic medium and comfortable handling the materials you will learn about acrylic paint and how to use it. You will learn what brushes to use with acrylic. You will learn how to apply acrylic paint properly. You will learn what painting surfaces to use. You will learn how to do one project from beginning to end. This is what you need for materials one paintbrush, one campus acrylic paint, cerulean blue, ultra marine, blue, black and white. A rag for cleaning water to clean your brush and a plastic cover to cover your table in case you get messy so we'll see you in the next section. 2. The first color: the first color. Step one, you're going to start with a light blue, a cerulean blue using acrylic. For the first time, you will notice that the paint does not cover everything that, with a very first brushstroke, you may have to brush a little more than you did with watercolor, so make sure the canvases covered you need to work while the paint is wet. Once the acrylic is dry, it's there forever. So if there are any bumps in the paint, you need to smooth them down before they dry. If you make a mistake, remember, let it dry and then fix it afterwards. It's pretty easy to fix mistakes in acrylic. That's probably what I like the most about acrylic. You can fix any mistake, so watch the video. See how the first step is done. You will be starting with light blue, so take some light blue and just feeling the Skype ERT. So that's the part you want to fill in. You just brush on your curl IQ. No mixing involved for the first time. Make sure that you go around your moon. I even paint the edges of the Countess. I make the drawing or the painting, I should say, Go over the edge. Be careful when you go around the circle. Notice how I brush the pant quite a few times with canvas. There are little dents in the material, and they helped capture the paint, and it helps create depth and deeper color. But at the same time, it's hard to cover all those little bumps with just one brush stroke so carefully. Just brush more than once until you don't see any more little white specks, because that's what happens sometimes when the paint dries, you see a bunch of little white specks. You need to cover those up, so see how I brush. I repeatedly brush my paint to make sure it covers properly, and all you need to do for this step is to just cover the whole surface with that one color . It's a good way to start. It's not very complicated, and I'll also paint the edges because I make sure the drawing or the painting goes right over the edge, and I'll cover all the sides. This is just so that if you decide not to frame your piece, you have a nice clean edge and It looks pretty nice when the painting goes right over the edge. So here I go. I'm almost done. This is a step That's pretty easy. And I keep brushing to make sure I have no little white specks coming through. I do. One last turned to make sure everything is covered. And this is the step you have to do now. So get your paint out. Get your one inch brush and you can start. All you need is a little water to wash your brush to. So in the materials you need one brush, one color, one canvas and the container for water in a rag for spills. So here it ISS This is all you have to do for this step and we'll see you in the next section. 3. The drawing: This is the snow scene. We're going to use what's called analogous colors, colors that go well together, variations on the same color and where you're going to learn how to blend some of these colors. Step one. The drawing. It's important to keep the drawing simple, trying not to erase the pencil lines. Try to do the drawing right the first time. When you erase pencil lines, it takes off some of the Jessel on the canvas, and it leaves a thinner coating of protection. That means that the areas are less sealed and the paint absorbs more into the canvas. But most important of all, relax. If you're drawing, is not 100% like mine. That's not important. You're probably looking at a different tree in a different field, so watch the video, see how it's done. So here's my counter. When I want to do is keep the drawing simple, so I draw one crooked line a second crooked line, Third Crooked line. These are the hills and one last crooked line, the furthest away hills. The next step is the moon one circle and that's it for the drawing the tree. We will draw later with our brush. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 4. The first hills: Step two Blue Hills and blending two colors here, you're going to blend two colors white plus ultra marine blue. Most artists use palette knives to mix, but often just a brush will do. The reason that some artists use palette knives is because they don't want little bits of the two colors not being blended with the brush. Sometimes you'll end up with a streak of light if you add in some white or a streak of another color, and they don't like that. But watch the video, see how it's done. Here is my canvas. It's dry, and now I'm going to mix two colors and mixing ultra marine blue plus white. I want a lighter version of the ultra Marine blue. I want the hills to be a little feed ID in the background. Further away hills air, usually lighter. So I paint those in. All you do is just paint the color in. You don't have to do anything really complicated after that, so just added in just like that, not very complicated, and I go right around the edge and I make sure the drawing or the painting goes over the edge, and that's all there is to it. This step is not complicated at all. Keep watching as I tweak it, but at the same time, there's nothing else for me to explain. It's just very, very simple. It's not a complicated step, so make sure you makes your paint well. See how it's streaks. Sometimes if you don't mix it well, I want to put a little bit of a darker color near the edge like that, so I blended in. The important part is to do it while the paint is wet. If you wait till it's dry, it's harder to blend. That little darker edge makes it look like this light shining on the hills and a little bit of a shadow near the bottom. It's also a really good transition as I go to have a darker hills in the next step and I keep tweaking. Remember to tweak while the paint is wet and that's all there is to it. We'll see you in the next section 5. Acrylic 1 The second set of hills: step to be another set of hills. You're going to use only one color this time, and this is the super easy steps, So watch the video, see how it's done. I will take my painting now and add straight alter marine blue, so all you have to do is fill in, and if you go over the edge is a little bit. It doesn't matter for this step now. The important part is to try as much as possible to stay in the same direction. What happens if you have brushstrokes that going multiple direction when it dries and the light shines on it? It looks like there's a texture there, and it looks rough. So you want actually to have the brush jokes going in a similar direction as much as possible. Sometimes this is hard to do, but what you can do sometimes is over brush. So once you've put the brush strokes, then you go back and you smooth them out. You have to do this before the painters dry, just like this. What you're doing is actually smoothing out the paint so all the bumps and ridges go in the same direction, go right over the edge. Some now see how I smooth things out. Just leave it like that very easy on. And I keeps brushing until I've reached the edge and I smooth out the paint as much as I can. Here's a closer version. Here we go, smoothing out the paint, see how that looks better once the paint is going into one direction, I smooth it out as much as I can. Just makes things easier and look better to go right over the edge. And that's pretty well it for this part. We're going to keep going. We're going to do the bottom part once we're done this part and I keep tweaking as much as I can. There is a certain point where the acrylic will not want to cooperate. That's when it's getting dry. So what you want to do is work fast before it gets to that point. So keep brushing just a little wee bit tweaking, making the paint a little more even, making the edges a little cleaner. So a clean edges. An ad stunt has a sharp INGE. A soft edge is an ad stub blends together with the other paint. Now we're going to wiper brush at the bottom and just kind of make make it look like a math at the bottom. We're going to add a little weight, make it look like their snow and shadows on the snow and fill in that hole space. See how it is on the bottom part, and I go right over the edge and I feel it in. You. Just want two colors blended together at the bottom and cover the bottom part. Make sure it's all painter. Not every artist will paint over the edge so you can choose. If you don't like an answer, it's painted over. You can choose. You don't have to do this. And then I had little more snow. Now that really looks like there's snow there, and it's just a matter brushing a little bit of white on there. Don't use a lot. Leave some blue spots. Don't paint it all. Wait, and that's as complicated as that ISS. So do this step and we'll see you in the next section 6. The black trees: Step three. The trees, trees air really easy. And when you see the video, you'll see how easy those of you that have taken my watercolor course. This should be a breeze. It should be really easy for you. Remember that black is hard to cover up, so trying to put on the black and do it only once. So here is the video. So here's my project. I have the blue sky, two different colored hills, and now I'm going to add the black so the white space you have there will be covered with black, so I just dip in and filling that space to start with. The various first step is always called blocking in and blocking in means putting in a base color and then tweaking it afterwards. When I work with, ah, new people, I always tell them you block in and then you fix it because the blocking in is the base color, and then you just rework it after that, so go right to the edge, paint the edges, and then we're going to start adding trees. So finished the edge of and I want a little bit of grey. I want to soften the ads between the black and the snow. So I'm adding a little bit more snow and just smear a little bit of that gray in the bottom part, so it looks like there's a few shadows in there. That's all there is to that not very complicated. Go right over the edge again, a little bit of black, and then decide if you like that or not. Then I take a smaller brush and I'm going to add trees so we make a line, and then you make little tiny marks on each side. Remember that a tree is skinny at the top and larger at the bottom, and your goal in this case is to make each tree different. So if I put a short tree first and I add a taller tree, if my tree is fat, then I make a skinny one next to it. So look carefully. All I do is brush brush brush, and it makes branch is not very hard, so a line first and then brush on one side brush on the other side. The more irregular the brush marks, the more natural the tree looks, so that's a tiny one I'll make a bigger tree now, so brush brush brush on one side, brush on the other. I try not to make it the scene in nature. Trees are irregular. There's snow that falls on them. There's rain. There's animals that make their nests in there, and this all makes the tree not nicely trimmed, like the ones we find in the city. So you keep making, Ah, little tiny trees and then I will stop and I will make the big tree. So here we start the big tree, one long line. You want to go all the way up to the sky, and then you wiggle your brush a little bit on one side a little bit on the other side, and you don't want it to be the same. You want irregular branches. Some are bigger and longer. Some are shorter, and as you go down the tree, the branches get bigger and heavier, so they lean down a little more. So here you have one and then another. I make sure I don't make them exactly the same. So you just add a branch. It's getting bigger, and I do the other side, just like that and brush, brush, brush, light touch. It works best. If you miss some spots, you can just go back. I am here. I go towards the bottom in nature. Most of the bottom branches touch the earth is very rare that you'll find the tree that's been trimmed. So the heavy branches touched the ground down all the way down to the ground. This is a step will need to let dry now. And when it's dry, we're going to add snow on top. We're going to add the color weight so we'll see you in the next step. Do this now and have fun. Bye for now. 7. The snow on the tree: adding snow, this step might take more than one sitting. That means you might have to do a little bit. Let it dry, do a little bit more. That's often what I do when it comes to details. This is a staff by often. Tweak until I'm happy with what I get. So watch the video on how to do this step. Here is my project. I have my tree and I'm going to add white. So just take a little white tint it with blue. I like to start shadows with a tinting, so I add a light blue where there might be snow trying to remember what snow looks like. It's just the little bit of a blob that falls on the branch and stays there, and I have the blue. The blue is a shadow area, so I have more on one side, and I do on the other, simply because the moon would shine brighter on one side of the tree than the other. It's probably snow equally on each side, but the snow that is on the moon side will be brighter. And while I'm there, I tweak a little bit and I add a little more snow down at the bottom. Remember that with acrylic, you can keep tweaking, and I have to admit I often do that, and I use my fingers. So, um, sometimes I like a soft edge, and you can do that with a brush. But you can also do it much quicker with your fingers, and that's often what I do. So I just tweak a little bit. Add little bits off gray, little bits of black just making the snow a little brighter. Now I have white, pure weight, and I added on top of that shadow. So where the moon shines on the snow will be brighter Thani on the edges because the snow kind of does a little curve because it's a big lump of snow and it's a little shadowy in those areas, so I just add little bits of snow, and sometimes it's hard to decide, and I'm working upside down, so I'm having a harder time. But this is it. That's all you do with this step, and you can soften edges and keep tweaking. But, um, sometimes I have to admit I spend a lot of time in this step. Let it dry. If you're not sure if you've done enough, let it dry and go back. This is the beauty of acrylic. You can always go back after I've done the snow. I go back and I add white to my moon. Sometimes I will add little bits of late, late blue, but most of the time I just leave the moon white. It's nice and bright and shines everywhere. So do this step now and we'll see you in the next part. 8. Conclusion: other tips and tricks, I often get asked whether you should varnish a painting that is really up to you. I know quite a few are krilic artists that don't varnish. Some people take acrylic gel and cover the surface. This acts like a varnish. What it does is it protects the painting so that ever you dropped a cup of coffee on it, it would not steen. Otherwise, you can buy a special varnish at the art supply store, and you can apply it. It comes in the liquid or spray. You can decide a review. Remember, details are always laughed. This is very important. You block in first and then you add the details. Relax. Painting is fun. You'll really have fun doing this. Look for my next course. This is a fast and easy painting that you conduce you in an hour so we'll see you in my next course. My name is Doris Sharia, and we'll see you in acrylics for beginners to