Painting Portraits in Acrylic Paint

Beth Gatza, Artist in Los Angeles, CA

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16 Videos (59m)
    • Introduction to the Class

    • About Me

    • Blooper Introduction

    • Tools - With Description

    • Tools Shopping List

    • How We Will Paint our Portrait

    • Visual Demonstration of the Painting Process

    • Wrapping your Canvas

    • Drawing Your Preliminary Sketch

    • How To Set Up Your Paint Palette

    • Underpainting: Part 1

    • Underpainting: Part 2

    • Underpainting: Part 3

    • Laying Color on Your Grisaille- Demonstration

    • Paint Formulas for Skin Tone

    • Detail Work


About This Class


Have you ever wanted to paint a portrait like the masters, but doubt you can even draw a stick figure? Do you think that you have zero ounces of artistic talent? Do you feel as if the art ship sailed before you were born? Well, all I have to say to that is, “What’s up with that!?”

There are so many tips, tricks, tools, and shortcuts that artists DON’T want you to know about, because frankly, they don’t want you to become better than them. They tell you that you are not allowed to do this or that, because it’s not real art. Yet, when it comes down to it, these tools are available to help make us better artists- Let’s use them! Plus, who cares if someone says that your art is real or not? This project is about you, this project is about learning a trade, this project will give you more confidence in your artistic ability, and this project is a great way to create an amazing portrait without years of practice.

What I hope you will achieve from this class is confidence, and the realization that artistic technique is a trade that you can learn. I hope that after this class you will then begin to pursue and develop your own artistic style, color scheme and vision, which is what will set you apart from other artists.

17 of 25 students recommendSee All

The teacher delivers good instructions,demonstrations and information that gives you the confidence to try acrylics.I recommend
Marcia Brown

Teaching and Learning Go Hand in hand.

Informative, easy to follow class.
Great for ALL types of acrylic painting. I went to art school, I think I was taught this... but never learned it until now. Great Course! Will apply these lessons to other mediums as well. As a matter of fact, I might stay with Skillshare for a few more months :)





Beth Gatza

Artist in Los Angeles, CA

Beth Gatza has worked nationally and internationally on over 35 films, music videos, commercials and T.V. shows in art department, including art directing and production designing 16.

Beth has painted 5 backdrops for theater sets, including a 16'10'' x 35' backdrop for Alice in Wonderland in 25 hours.

Beth has taught oil painting, acrylic painting, and cartooning to students aged kindergarten through high school.

Beth has production designed 2 fashion shows, and designed a pair of men's jeans as a guest artist for RAWK Magazine. 

Beth is a practicing artist and spends her free time working on 2 graphic novels, paintings and wood sculptures. She has had work displayed at the Fred Weisman Mueseum in Minneapolis for Red Bull, the Terra Museum in Chicago, and her own film and art installation at The Doug, in Southern Illinois. Beth has apprenticed at a metal shop for sculptor, Eric Stephenson for his piece, 'Strut'. Beth has also graphic designed over 50 peices for film, fashion, independent companies, schools, and events.

Beth is the creator of, a website designed for women that is half magazine, half diary, where women share life stories with other women around the world.

Beth is 30 years old.

For a full portfolio of Beth's work, please visit her website at: