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Acrylic Landscape Painting

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Expand your horizons in acrylic painting with Bennett Vadnais and learn valuable techniques for color mixing, glazing, texture and detail work.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Bennett Vadnais
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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If you're looking to broaden your palette from oils or watercolors, or even have experience in acrylic, you'll gain fresh insight through observing Vadnais' classically inspired process. After an overview of tube vs. fluid colors, brushes and panel preparation, Vadnais launches into the the creation of a landscape, drawing on extensive training and experience as an artist in classical realism. The intimate studio setting allows you to see close-up how Vadnais transfers a drawing, builds a monochromatic underpainting to establish values, then creates both atmospheric effects and rigorously defined details with with glazes and opaque painting methods. gYou'll have a clear view of both palette and brush as Vadnais explains how he uses acrylic colors to achieve depth, luminosity and texture – techniques you can apply to your own practice. As questions arise, Vadnais is available to answer them and to give you feedback on your own work.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Bennett Vadnais
Meet Bennett Vadnais, learn about the materials you'll use and set up your workspace.
2. Transferring the Drawing
3. Underpainting in Monochrome
4. Mixing Colors
5. Overpainting With Glaze
6. Overpainting With Opaque Color
7. Developing Natural Forms
8. Developing Architectural Forms
9. Finishing Touches

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface

Taught by

Bennett Vadnais
Bennett Vadnais
Awarded the American Society of Classical Realism’s first scholarship, Bennett Vadnais trained in the classical tradition at such schools as the Bougie Studio, the Water Street Atelier and the Art Students League of New York. He specializes in urban landscapes, and his work has been exhibited internationally. Vadnais teaches painting and drawing in New York City, and is excited to share his unique insights with artists on Craftsy!

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