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Know Your Acrylic Paints: Expand Your Palette

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Learn to select and mix the perfect acrylic pigments for results you love.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Mary Morrison
  • 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

Whether you're buying pigments or preparing your palette, artist Mary Morrison will help you choose from all types of acrylic paints with complete confidence! Start with how to select the primary color variations that will suit your work. Then, discover the properties of both modern and mineral pigments and find how to control them as you make two color wheels. Discover the black and white pigments available, and find out how to pick the right one for your work. Expand your palette further as you use neutral grays to create a value scale and a tint, tone and shade board. Next, learn to bring brilliant visual interest to your art with iridescent acrylic paints. Plus, add contrast and depth to your work using the prismatic effects of interference paints.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Inside Color
Meet Mary Morrison, a full-time painter, teacher and exhibitor for the past 25 years, and your guide to the world of acrylic paints. Mary will first help you understand the primary colors, the building blocks of art, and recognize the subtle differences within them as you select your palette.
2. Modern Colors
3. Mineral Colors
4. Blacks & Whites
5. Neutral Grays
6. Iridescent Colors
7. Interference Colors

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface

Taught by

Mary  Morrison
Mary Morrison
From the time she was a child, Mary Morrison knew she wanted to be an artist. Today, she's a full-time painter and teacher with more than 25 years of experience. Mary's work can be found in both private and corporate collections. She holds a master's degree in visual arts from The Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary also works with Golden Artist Colors as the company's working artist for Colorado.

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