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The Art of Painting Horses

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Use acrylic or oil paints to capture the grace, power and personality of horses in portrait. Learn how to paint these magnificent animals using simple techniques.

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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 Andrea Gianchiglia
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Find out how to paint horses using easy-to-learn techniques for composition, color, value and texture. With professional artist Andrea Gianchiglia as your guide, you'll start by learning tips for choosing a reference photo of a beautiful animal and building a compelling composition. Once your composition is clear, Andrea will help you create a monochromatic underpainting of the horse's features, and add color to the eyes, muzzle and ears. Next, learn how to capture the look of the horse's sleek coat and mane as well as its hooves. Get tips for recreating the unique colors and markings of a variety of horses, before Andrea helps you paint tack and hardware. Then, discover how to give your portrait a realistic finish with layering, glazes, highlights and final details.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Foundations for a Great Painting
Meet artist Andrea Gianchiglia and start planning your painting, beginning with a good reference photo. Andrea discusses elements to consider and shares lighting tips. Set up an appealing composition with thumbnail sketches, then create a perfectly proportioned gesture drawing.
2. The Eyes, Muzzle & Ears
3. The Mane, Tail & Coat
4. Markings
5. Horse Accessories
6. From Start to Finish
7. Fine-Tuning & Details

Recommended with this class

  • Oil or acrylic paint, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Andrea Gianchiglia
Andrea Gianchiglia
Andrea Gianchiglia is a full-time artist and instructor specializing in animal portraiture. Andrea teaches art to both children and adults, and she enjoys working on both private commissions and freelance illustration. Her work has been shown at individual and group shows throughout New Jersey, and she's won several awards for her animal portraits in national juried shows.

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