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Bold Techniques for Acrylic Landscapes

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Capture the magic of the outdoors in well-composed landscapes with exceptionally vibrant color.

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What You Get

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

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Learn techniques for painting mountains and other landscapes in vibrant acrylics with lifetime access to video lessons from award-winning artist Robert Carsten. Start by expanding your knowledge of color theory and creating a value scale to help guide you as you paint. Next, get tips for selecting a composition with a dynamic center of interest, creating a value study and blocking in shapes. Make the move to canvas as you create a line drawing with accurate proportions and angles, before blocking in the right values using your scale. With your large value shapes complete, you'll discover how to refine details and color temperature. Add the final touches to your landscape with impasto textures for trees, transparent effects for water and a luminous look for your clouds. Plus, Robert will teach you new, advanced techniques for using color theory to control the mood of your painting.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Color Theory
Meet artist Robert Carsten and broaden your understanding of color theory with a discussion of hue, temperature, value and saturation. You'll learn how to mix warm and cool versions of each color, create a value scale to guide you in your painting and discover two ways to desaturate colors.
2. Composition Studies
3. Blocking In Value
4. Refining Color Temperature
5. Emphasizing Saturation
6. Technique Variations

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface

Taught by

Robert Carsten
Robert Carsten
Robert Carsten studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Academia di Belle Arti in Italy and the Art Students League of New York. During his forty years as an artist, Carsten's award-winning work has been shown in many museums including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Bennington Museum, the Mattatuck Museum, the D'Amore Museum and the National Arts Club. His work has also been featured in publications such as The Artist's Magazine, American Art Review and Pastel Journal.

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