Acrylic paints began life in the 1950's, as a mineral spirt based media, and have so far stood the test of time, and remained popular. Today's acrylics can be mixed with water or various mediums to change the handling properties of the paint and its appearance. The nature of acrylic means it dries very quickly, and for this reason artists must take good care of their paint brushes, and keep the lids on the tubes after use. Their relatively low cost, and quick drying times are great benefits to many artists, but the handling of edges is more problematic, as is blending. Certain retarders can be added to improve the paints' handling abilities.
Below are a selection of acrylic painting lessons showing a range of techniques and subjects.
Painting Flowers in Acrylics
This acrylic painting lesson demonstrates the painting of flowers, using chalk to draw onto the background, and building up the acrylic paint in glazed layers to get a richness of color, with added control.
Learn to paint flowers in acrylics
Wolf - Acrylic Wildlife Art Lesson
An acrylic painting lesson from the book 'The Art of Acrylic Painting', following the painting of a wolf. The demonstration uses washes of acrylic much like watercolor to build up subtle layers and adjustments. Fur is painted with a round brush in a sharp detailed manner.
Wolf Acrylic Painting Lesson
Littlehampton Beach, Acrylic landscape painting
Cameron Weller's large acrylic painting captures the charm of the southern English coastline. The canvas is approximately 1.5metres in length and shows a beach scene with sailing boat and distant figures.
Learn how to paint beaches
Painting Fur in Acrylics, Dog Painting Demonstration
Leslie Pease graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a BFA in illustration, and later went to work freelance. This acrylic art tutorial uses a limited palette and demonstrates the painting of fur by building up through layers.
Learn how to paint fur
Acrylic Painting Demonstration
Charles Harrington holds two degrees in architecture, later accepting a faculty position with the School of Art and Architecture at Louisiana Tech Univeristy, allowing him to indulge in two passions. Charles taught for 23 years befo
re leaving his position to pursue art full time. Charles is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the International Society of Acrylic Painters and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, and has published both DVD courses and books. This acrylic lesson was first published in 1996 and describes the benefits of acrylics together with step-by-step instructions.
Acrylic Painting Demo
Jacaranda Trees, Keokea, Acrylic Painting Demo
In 1975 Donald A. Jusko came to Maui to paint on location full time. Thirty years on he is still painting on location. In this demonstration Donald shows how to paint a beautiful Jacaranda tree using acrylics and Liquitex Gloss Blending and Painting Medium.
Acrylic Tree Painting Tutorial
Waterfall Landscape Acrylic Art Lesson
Brian is a self-taught artist whose artistic inspiration comes largely from the 'Group of Seven'. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island, and has been represeted by numerous galleries on the island. Brian has a complete course book in acrylic painting and conducts acrylic painting workshops in British Columbia, Alberta and the United States. This acrylic painting lesson uses a burnt sienna underpainting, establishing 'big shapes' and dark tones before details and colour are added.
Acrylic Landscape Lesson
Merced River Yosemite National Park, Plein Air Acrylic Painting Lesson
Donald Neff is an American artist passionate about American landscapes. His love for nature typically captures scenes centred around water. In 1998 Donald was featured on the television broadcast 'Silicon Valley Business Report' whose focal point was based upon his art. In this plein air acrylic painting demonstration, Donald Neff captures the beautiful greens and yellows of the Merced River that flows through Yosemite Valley.
Plein Air Acrylic Painting Lesson
Learn How to Paint Hands, Online Acrylic Art Lesson
Leslie graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a BFA in illustration, and later went to work freelance. This acrylic tutorial emphasises the importance of sketching and studying (anatomy) in order to portray hands convincingly.
Learn to paint hands
Landscape on a Palette, Acrylic art tutorial
Diane Johnson has been painting and instructing since 1981. She is the founding editor and designer of award-winning monthly, Plein Air Magazine (now entitled Fine Art Connoisseur), and is a member of many prestigious art societies including Pastel Society of America and the National Society of Acrylic Painters. This demonstration shows how to make creative use from a painting palette, and is executed in acrylics due to reasons of time.
Landscape on a Palette Acrylic Painting Lesson
Painting a landscape on commission
Diane Johnson has been painting and instructing since 1981. She is the founding editor and designer of award-winning monthly, Plein Air Magazine (now entitled Fine Art Connoisseur), and is a member of many prestigious art societies including Pastel Society of America and the National Society of Acrylic Painters. This two part demonstration shows the steps needed to carry out a successful commissioned painting, from research and interviewing to planning, drawing and painting.
Painting a landscape on commission
Great Blue Heron, Acrylic Wildlife Lesson
Greg Biolchini lives and works in Southwest Florida whose achievements including winning the national award at the National Arts Club in New York City, three times, and being awarded Master Pastelist status by the Pastel Society of America.
Acrylic Wildlife Painting Tutorial
Acrylic Landscape Using a Two Value Underpainting
Christopher Vasil is an artist based out of Delaware, whose impressionist styled work is executed in acrylic paints. This landscape demonstration breaks down the forms of the subject into lights and darks, before a umber/cadmium red wash is applied and colors applied with a very limited palette.
Landscape with limited palette