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with Sharlena Wood
Online Class

Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media

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Paint vivid, lifelike animals as award-winning artist Sharlena Wood guides you through a variety of accessible acrylic, charcoal and pastel techniques. Discover how to render accurate proportions, build dimensional form and convey drama as you create your own unique wildlife images. Learn to depict distinctive fur and feather textures using wet and dry media, and enhance your work with luminous highlights. Integrate textural medium with delicate acrylic washes for captivating contrast, and bring expressive energy to your creations with Sharlena’s tips for painting realistic animal eyes and features. Bring the power and excitement of wildlife to your easel with essential mixed media skills!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h46m

Included in this Class

1. Mixed Media Painting & Drawing

1. Mixed Media Painting & Drawing

Meet your instructor, artist and art educator Sharlena Wood, as you kick off the class with Sharlena's favorite techniques for mixed media. Discover various uses for acrylic paints and how to pair them with other materials like pastels, matte medium and more to create dynamic, textural works. Practice combining different mediums by starting with a simple feather project.

2. Reference, Composition & Texture

2. Reference, Composition & Texture

Jump into your first project as Sharlena helps you select a reference photo that will set you up for success. You'll learn how to rough in your sketch before creating a wash to lay in a base color for your work. Additionally, Sharlena shares valuable tips for making all of your works turn out exactly the way you want them to look.

3. Layers of Fur

3. Layers of Fur

Hone your ability to create realistic fur patterns as Sharlena creates a rendering of a wolf. Layer a variety of acrylic paints and dry media ground to bring out the texture and character of fur while setting it apart from the background.

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface
  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife
  • Mixed media supplies