Paint Expressive Portraits in Acrylic
Intermediate | 1 hour 35 min
A well-executed portrait is more than just a literal likeness - it shows the inner essence of the subject. While this can often feel inaccessible to an untrained painter, artist Sharon Virtue's mission is to encourage and provide access to everyone in the creation of art. In this class, learn ways to transfer images and utilize stencils to simplify drawing and save time, employ subtile observation to lay down highlights and shadows, all to create a vibrant, thoughtful portrait.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 140LB hot press watercolor paper smooth - 9 x 12 inches
  • 9 x 12 inches Vellum tracing pad
  • 9 x 12 Graphite transfer sheets/pad
  • Pattern stencils
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5 Vinyl Eraser (Staedtler)
  • White Prismacolor Pencil
  • Ballpoint pen (or pen with small metal nib)
  • White Posca pen  
  • Acrylic paint - Liquitex Heavy Body or Golden recommended
  • Homemade acrylic paint palette made with a plastic folding document case, tracing paper and paper towels
  • Glazing medium (clear)
  • Two small buckets for water
  • Cotton buds for detail removal of paint
  • Palette knife
  • A variety of small, medium, and large brushes, including a Rigger/Liner 0
Learn how to:
  • Use source imagery to create a rich portrait
  • Trace and transfer an image
  • Use a rigger paint brush
  • Paint a portrait in black and white
  • Paint a portrait in vivid color using stencils
  • Create values and layers using acrylic paint and glaze
  • Wield your artistic license

What you'll get:
  • Instructions on how to paint acrylic portraits
  • Nine HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Sharon Virtue
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
70 users recommended this class to a friend
Deborah Butler
Very interesting class. So informative.
January 6, 2023
Allison Dawrant
Excellent instruction and inspiring. thanks Sharon!
November 26, 2022
Jinx walker
I hope to become as fearless as you. Thank you for the inspiration.
More than 3 months ago