Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Lisa Solomon
Now for a splash of color. In this final part, you’ll explore how acrylic paint colors mix and match, and learn how to understand the interplay of hue and value. Lisa shares a fun exercise for creating your own signature color wheel using a personal palette. Finally, you will end on a sweet note with a lesson in matching paint colors to Starburst candies and candy wrappers.
Learn how to:
  • Create your own personal color wheel
  • Mix complementary colors
  • Understand value and saturation
  • Tint and shade colors
  • Match colors from real life candy and candy wrappers
  • Create a color painting from a candy still life


Chapters
Introduction
00:37
Materials
01:55
Understanding Color
12:21
09:56
18:30
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials from Parts 1 and 2, plus the following:
  • Extra colors of choice (in this exercise, Lisa uses Bright Aqua Green, Primary Red and Brilliant Yellow Green)
  • Printable PDF of Color Wheel (print 2-3 copies on mixed media paper)
  • Printable PDF of abstract painting exercise
  • Starburst candies and wrappers
  • Discussion
    Notes
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    Transcript
    Acrylic Painting for Beginners
    Part 1:
    Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Getting Started
    Lisa Solomon
    In the first class, Lisa Solomon provides a thorough overview of acrylic painting tools and materials. You will learn how to use different brushes, blend your paints using palette knives and brushes and how and when to add water or various mediums to your paint to achieve different effects. Follow along as Lisa demonstrates how to use basic techniques to paint a nectarine, and then learn about cleaning and caring for your brushes so they last for years.
    Part 2:
    Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Value, Light and Shadow
    Lisa Solomon
    An essential part of painting is learning how to create light and shadow. Using black and white acrylic paints, Lisa shows how to mix a range of gray shades (known as a “grayscale”) for your painting. You will learn how to set up a still life scene in order to practice painting highlight and shadow details. Finally, follow along as Lisa uses a black-and-white photo reference to practice laying in values, creating depth and helping shapes visually pop out of the painting.
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    Part 3:
    Acrylic Painting for Beginners: Understanding Color
    Lisa Solomon
    Now for a splash of color. In this final part, you’ll explore how acrylic paint colors mix and match, and learn how to understand the interplay of hue and value. Lisa shares a fun exercise for creating your own signature color wheel using a personal palette. Finally, you will end on a sweet note with a lesson in matching paint colors to Starburst candies and candy wrappers.