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This lesson will teach the budding painter how to add dimension to an acrylic painting of the ocean by using the wet-on-wet technique. By layering and blending colors of wet paint, artists can create a realistic painting of ocean waves crashing, complete with variations in tone and color. This lesson teaches how to mix paint to achieve a richer picture, as well as how to add reflection to water and give sea foam the illusion of volume by using highlights and shadows.
Looking to grow your artistic side? Try watercolor painting! This lesson will outline all the supplies you need to get started on your journey. Watercolor is a form of visual art that traditionally uses water-soluble paints on thick paper. You’ll learn the basic brushes and colors you need for a starter-kit, as well as how to choose a palette and pad of paper. Once you’ve got the essential tools and supplies you need, you’ll be ready to create original and beautiful pieces of art.
Have you ever dreamt of being an artist? Now is your chance! In this lesson, Shoo Rayner teaches you how to paint with water brushes and watercolor pencils. Water brushes make painting easy and accessible for drawing on-the-go. No need for a water cup to clean your paint brush - simply pack up a small stash of colors, some paper, and a water brush, and give watercolor painting a try.
The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous pieces of art and architecture in the world, and in the center of Michelangelo’s enormous fresco is “The Creation of Adam,” a visual representation of the story of God creating Adam from the dust of the earth. Michelangelo’s portrayal of both Adam and God reflects the Neo-Platonic values of the time, but perhaps the most interesting interpretation of this painting is that of God’s vehicle being a brain, and the life he is giving Adam, consciousness.
Make your own spray paint art with this easy and simple lesson. You’ll start by forming basic planet shapes and then add layers of color. Follow along as you learn how to shade and highlight in a few easy steps, as well as use a painting technique that will add dimension to this out-of-this-world DIY solar system art.
Raphael’s painting, “The School of Athens” depicts two of the founding fathers of western philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by other famed intellectuals from various years and countries, all in a very Roman space. It’s a visually pleasing painting, but what does it mean? What was Raphael’s purpose for creating it? In this art history lesson, learn the meaning behind “The School of Athens,” as well as the physics behind the hallmark of Roman architecture: the arch.
Whether you are an experienced decoration artist or a first-timer, this lesson provides a few easy-to-understand pointers on painting clouds for large-scale ceiling murals. Don’t make the common mistake of painting cartoonish clouds with obvious patterns and symmetry. For a realistic mural of the sky, use nuanced techniques for creating shadows, breaking up patterns, and providing structure to each shape. Note: this lesson does not cover how to apply the blue base coat.
Want to wow the world with the quality HD video you could be shooting with that iPhone in your pocket? This lesson will teach you the basics of shooting video on your iPhone 4, 4s, or 5. Once you are familiar with the camera app, learn how to hold and focus the camera, and how to view an accurate display of your video. Ready to shoot? Finish this lesson by learning ways to stabilize your camera to make your online video or tutorial appear smooth and fluid.
Tired of ending up with ripply, wet paper when painting with watercolors? Learn how to stretch paper for watercolor painting to keep your art in perfect shape. All you need is a hard surface and some gummed paper tape. You can even stretch out regular office paper! Tape down the paper, paint on it, and let it dry while stretched for a smooth finish. Stretching watercolor paper can save your masterpiece!
Want to improve upon your realist painting techniques? This lesson by Anna Mason Art demonstrates how to use color and highlights to paint an incredibly realistic strawberry with watercolors. Once you have drawn a faithful depiction of your photo reference, be patient, work slowly, follow the highlights with your brush, and your work will look good enough to eat!
Ever wonder how painters capture the ethereal beauty of flowers in nature? Painting with watercolors is as much about practiced technique as it is about natural talent. This lesson demonstrates how to paint a floral scene, but the skills and techniques you'll learn can be applied to any subject. Learn how to add texture, create transparency and use the bleeding tendency of watercolor paints to your advantage.
Take on a true watercolor challenge! This lesson by Larry Hamilton, the first in a series, shows you how to start painting a Californian mission scene. Even if you have a different scene in mind, Larry’s narration provides countless pro tips and tricks that apply to any subject. Follow along at home or take notes on techniques to use in your next painting.
Most likely you are familiar with Botticelli’s painting, “The Birth of Venus”; you may not have known that it was a Botticelli, but chances are you’ve seen the image. But do you know the mythology behind the painting? “The Birth of Venus” tells the story of the Roman goddess of love’s birth from sea foam (foam that was fertilized by Zeus’ castrated genitals—yikes), in both a beautiful, and mathematically genius way. Learn about the Golden Rectangle and what it is doing in this famous painting.
A river is a majestic part of a landscape. Learn how to use acrylics to paint the water, rocks, foliage, and natural motion of a beautiful river scene. Let professional artist Darrell Crow show you the proper brush selection, strokes, and techniques to create a painting that you'll feel you could step into!
Even though a music video is usually only about three minutes long, it can require days to shoot, multiple locations, and hours of post-production. In this lesson from Tom Antos, learn the basics of making a music video, why preparation (such as storyboarding) is especially key, and why shooting the same scene with two cameras is a good idea. Hungry for more? Learn how to incorporate effects or even your own art!
Anyone can learn how to paint. Let professional painter Darrell Crow teach you how to paint with acrylics. This lesson shows you how to create landscape masterpieces of waterfalls, cascades, rocks, and lakes. Learn how to mix your paints for the perfect colors, and discover techniques unique to acrylic painting. Soon you’ll produce landscape paintings you wish you could walk into!
Do you like to make tiny works of art? This DIY lesson from Heather Boyd shows you how to make a mini easel out of recycled clothespins, wire, popsicle sticks, and glue. Your finished product can hold miniature paintings, photos, or even business cards. And it’s perfect as a gift for teachers and artists!
Calling all budding artists! Want to learn how to paint with watercolors? In Part 3 of this watercolor painting series, Lorraine Watry shows you several new painting techniques such as: applying salt to watercolor paints; creating blooms; and using sponges, Magic Erasers, and sandpaper with watercolor pencils. Follow along to better understand techniques for creating different watercolor effects and color styles.
Pablo Picasso is well known for his unrealistic portraits and figures, but what exactly do his stylistic choices mean? In this art history lesson on “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” learn about the culture of 1907, and what a painting of five naked women in a brothel has to do with Einstein. True art is often a commentary on the world in which it is produced—learn why Picasso, despite being an accomplished painter in the traditional sense, chose to paint in his own abstract and angular style.