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with Patrick Howe
Online Class

Essential Techniques for Outstanding Paintings

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Get started painting with this helpful online reference class and guidance from award-winning artist Patrick Howe. First, become familiar with the variety of brushes available and the different brushstrokes that each is used to make. Then, discover the power of mediums, as well as how they affect your paint and paintings. Intimidated by color blending? Up next, Patrick shares unique techniques for blending your colors to achieve smooth color transitions. And, learn how to identify value zones to accurately represent form. Find out which brushstrokes you should use for different parts of your paintings. And, learn color theory basics so that you always render just the right hues. Finally, Patrick shows you how to finish and protect your work for a lifetime of enjoyment.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h1m

Included in this Class

1. Materials

1. Materials

Meet your instructor, artist Patrick Howe, before you review the different types of brushes that are available and the marks they're used to make. Next learn how to properly clean and care for your brushes so you can enjoy using them for years to come. Before moving on, Patrick will guide you through the characteristics of different painting surfaces and palettes available.

2. Essential Mediums

2. Essential Mediums

Discover the power of mediums and how they affect your paint and paintings. Then find out how to use mediums to avoid cracking, wrinkling and sagging in your paint. Patrick will also show you how to use mediums for fixing splotchy areas in your painting once it's dry.

3. Gradients, Blocking & Blending

3. Gradients, Blocking & Blending

Patrick will teach you color blending techniques by concentrating solely on blending and not worrying about subject matter. Along the way, you'll also learn how to identify value zones and how to create smooth color transitions.

Recommended with this class

  • Oil or acrylic paint, brushes, surface or board