Online Class

Essential Techniques for Outstanding Paintings

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Learn painting essentials to start working with oils and acrylics! It's never been easier with an online class you can refer to for years to come.

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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 Patrick Howe
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Gradients, Blocking & Blending
4. Painterly Strokes
5. Color Matching & Mixing
6. Glazing & Varnishing

Recommended with this class

  • Oil or acrylic paint, brushes, surface or board

Taught by

Patrick Howe
Patrick Howe
Patrick Howe is an artist, author and teacher based in Seattle, Washington. He spent many years working as an award-winning graphic designer and art director for companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Eddie Bauer and REI. Patrick is the author of several books, including Dramatic Light, and he teaches many painting classes around Seattle.

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