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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.


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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.


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Want to capture a laser sighter, a spooky flashlight beam, or car headlights for your movie? Lasers and beams of light won't appear on camera without a little cinematography magic. In this lesson from his Filmmaking Tutorials series, Tom Antos teaches you how you can use a fog machine to create an atmosphere where light can reflect and appear on your screen.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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There are about as many interpretations of Piero della Francesca’s painting “The Flagellation of Christ” as there are art historians; and though we may never know who all the figures are or what exactly is being depicted, there is more to this painting than meets the eye. Piero della Francesca was a mathematician, and the composition of this painting is based largely in geometry. This image proves that we don’t have to know everything about a painting to be able to learn from it.


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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.


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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.


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Let's go to the movies... in the movies! In this filmmaking lesson, award-winning cinematographer Tom Antos teaches you how to light and shoot a movie theater scene, simulating the light that comes off of a cinema screen. Real life cinemas are too dark to get a camera exposure, so you can recreate the effect using a 1000-watt light. Learn how make a lighting spin wheel and use red and blue gels to create a flickering effect with changing intensity and color.


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You may control the shot when you are filming your movie, but unfortunately you can't control the weather. So what do you do when the sun keeps moving back and forth from behind clouds? Tom Antos offers this lesson from his filmmaking tutorials series to show you how you can use color correction to fix the sudden shifts that result from capricious sunlight. Learn to edit your saturation, contrast, and warmth to match up different shots.


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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.


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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!


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How can some guy in your garage become a slow motion epic fruit ninja? With the power of cinematography postproduction! In this lesson from his Filmmaking Tutorials series, Tom Antos shows you how he used a blue screen and some pre-sliced fruit to create a slow-motion video of a ninja slicing fruit with a sword (no real ninja skills required). This video reveals the secrets of creating realistic slow motion shots with a standard video camera by adjusting frame rates or blending footage.


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Watercolor is one of the simplest forms of painting, requiring few resources. In the last of four lessons in this series, Lorraine Watry shares new techniques for beginning watercolor artists such as glazing, lifting, feathering, and negative painting. Keep practicing what you learn, and your work could end up on Etsy -- or at the very least, your walls! See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list by clicking the attachments button at the top right.


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Painted in 1533, Hans Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” is a double portrait of two French Ambassadors, who were apparently successful in all aspects of life, evidenced by the items they are painted with. But an anamorphic skull in the bottom half of the portrait requires an entirely different perspective to view it, and not the men and their accomplishments. How and why did Holbein incorporate this skull into the painting? Amor Sciendi is here to help explain this metaphorical image.


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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.


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Love art and wish you could paint watercolors like Van Gogh, Audubon, Durer, Hopper, and Cezanne? In part two of her watercolor painting lessons, Lorraine Watry introduces you to several watercolor stroke techniques including scumbling, pushing out pigment, wipe out, masking fluid, scratching wet and dry, and creating hard and soft edges. See the attachment of the Techniques page and supply list by clicking the attachments button at the top right.


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