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Seascapes in Acrylic

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Capture the beauty and power of the ocean in vivid acrylic seascapes. Transport viewers to breathtaking coastal shores!

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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 Tom Swimm
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Layering Effects for Water
4. Crashing Waves
5. Rolling Waves & Creating Shapes
6. Texture & Depth
7. Harmony & Mood

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface

Taught by

Tom Swimm
Tom Swimm
Tom Swimm began painting at a very young age, and today he's an award-winning fine artist working in acrylics and oils. His work has been featured in magazines such as Southwest Art, Laguna Beach Art, Westways and International Artist. Tom is the author of five art instruction books published by Walter Foster. He also enjoys teaching painting in his home state of California, as well as on Craftsy.

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