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Painting With Water-Based Media: Acrylic, Watercolor & Gouache

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Discover the fundamentals you need to start painting with three water-based mediums that are easy to learn and a joy to paint with!

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nina Weiss
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Find out how to choose and confidently use nontoxic, water-based mediums that are easy to clean up and a joy to paint with. Artist Nina Weiss will help you build a foundation of skills for working with everything from gouache to acrylic and watercolor paints. Dive in with gouache to create smooth layers of paint, intriguing textures and custom color mixtures. Then, explore the wonders of watercolor through techniques including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, gradient bleed, color wash and more. Discover watercolor pencils to create tonal washes, shadows and varying color temperatures. Expand your repertoire with acrylic as you learn brushwork tips as well as how to achieve a range of values and build contrast. Along the way, you'll apply your skills to create a variety of still lifes and landscapes.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Nina Weiss! She'll teach you how to set up your studio workspace for success and review the different kinds of water-based mediums you'll use in class. Then learn the basics behind color mixing and the color wheel.
2. Gouache
3. A Lemon in Gouache
4. Watercolor
5. A Watercolor Landscape
6. Water-Based Colored Pencils
7. Water-Based Colored Pencil Landscape
8. Acrylics
9. A Lemon in Acrylic

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paint, watercolor paint, gouache, brushes, paper, canvas or board

Taught by

Nina Weiss
Nina Weiss
In 1980, Nina Weiss left the cities of the East Coast for the farmlands of the American Midwest. The vast open spaces inspired her to begin her journey as a landscape painter. Today, Nina's work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as in a variety of books and films. Nina taught for more than 18 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she's currently teaching at Columbia College Chicago.

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