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with Tom Swimm
Online Class

Seascapes in Acrylic

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Learn how to paint seascapes with acrylics using techniques for color-mixing, composition and paint application. Alongside award-winning fine artist Tom Swimm, you'll start by creating an underpainting that lays out the foundation for your stunning coastal scene. Learn to paint tranquil water and recreate the effect of reflected light with paint layering techniques. Then, find out how to capture the movement of waves in impressive detail, whether you're painting dynamic crashing waves or recreating the shape of rolling waves. Bring seaside landscapes to life as Tom helps you suggest atmospheric depth and recreate the texture of sand and rocks. Complete your enthralling seascape with tips for adding visual interest with impressionistic brushstrokes, painting final highlights and adding a glaze to bring warmth to your work.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h25m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Composition

1. Introduction & Composition

Meet your instructor, fine artist Tom Swimm, and explore a variety of seascapes for points of view, composition choices, depth of field and other elements that make up a beautiful seascape. Next, learn how to set up your palette and transfer your image in preparation to paint.

2. Creating an Underpainting

2. Creating an Underpainting

Use medium to lay in a thin layer of paint as you work to paint dark and midrange values, experimenting with brushstrokes as you go. Continue to develop your underpainting as you mix hues on your palette to create areas of light and shadow that are comprised of layers of nuanced color.

3. Layering Effects for Water

3. Layering Effects for Water

Continue developing your ability to paint water with Tom's expert tips to guide you along the way. Learn how to portray both clear and murky water along the shallow edge of the beach, layering paint to create transparent and opaque areas. Tom also shows you how to create harmony between the rocks and surf.

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface