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with Greg Houston
Online Class

Painting the Imagined Landscape in Acrylics

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Explore traditional and imagined landscape paintings as you learn foundational acrylic techniques from award-winning illustrator Greg Houston. Discover how to use color and artistic devices to convey mood, and create an underpainting that sets the stage for your landscape composition. Define ground, sky and shadows and build layers of warm and cool hues with expressive energy. Once you’ve mastered the classic landscape motif, play with color palette, texture and style to create a surreal scene inspired by your unique artistic vision. Enhance your painting with layering, glazing and ethereal effects and create an imagined landscape that shows off your creative style.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h14m

Included in this Class

1. Naturalist & Symbolist Landscapes

1. Naturalist & Symbolist Landscapes

Meet your instructor, professional illustrator and graphic novel artist Greg Houston. You'll gain insight into the techniques you'll learn over the course of this class before tapping into your creative side as you begin to look for inspiration in new places.

2. Drawing Inspiration

2. Drawing Inspiration

Bring your first imagined landscape to life as you sketch out the elements with Houston's help along the way. Consider the formatting of your work and the placement of each element as you create a drawing that you'll use as a springboard for your painting.

3. Warm Landscape Underpainting

3. Warm Landscape Underpainting

Begin to explore your landscape in color as you lay in an underpainting for a warm-toned landscape. Houston explains everything you need to know, including how to tape a canvas, what colors to consider and how refined (or unrefined) your underpainting can be. You'll also explore increasingly more complex compositional choices and start developing the play of light and shadow in your piece.

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface