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Getting Started with Acrylic Paints

with Mary Jane Begin

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About The Class

Start working with acrylics today!

Are you interested in working with acrylic paints but not sure how to get started? In this course artist and illustrator, Mary Jane Begin will introduce you to the world of acrylic paints. This class is perfect for beginners looking to learn the basics of the medium in order to begin a painting practice. By the end of this course you will be equipped with the know-how to pick up a brush and start experimenting with acrylics!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • All about acrylic paints and how they work
  • Which brushes and papers to use with those paints
  • How to begin making simple marks and shapes to familiarize yourself with the medium 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Materials for Acrylic Paints

  3. 03

    Mixed & Layered Acrylic Paints

  4. 04

    Demo: Explore Glaze Mediums

  5. 05

    Demo: Palette Knife Technique

  6. 06

    Demo: Brushes for Acrylics

  7. 07

    Surfaces for Acrylic Paints

  8. 08

    Demo: Gesso a Surface

  9. 09

    Demo : Acrylic Illustration Board

  10. 10

    Demo: Acrylic Gradient

  11. 11

    Demo: Acrylic on Gesso & Non Gesso Surfaces

  12. 12

    Demo: Create Opacity in Acrylic

  13. 13

    Demo: Add Warmth With Acrylic


Meet Your Expert

Mary Jane Begin

As an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD…Mary Jane feels INCREDIBLY lucky; she gets to do all the things that she loves to do ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • anshu priya

    May 2019

    Very thorough . perfect for someone who wants to start painting with Acrylics.

  • Nancy

    May 2019

    Nota review but a suggestion. Use a table knife to remove paper from bloc. No curling of edges.

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