Palette Knife Paintings: Mixing Flesh Tones

See a painting demo for how to mix flesh tones using water mixable oil paints and a palette knife. Watch Using exclusively a palette knife is an effective way to focus entirely on the color mixing process by removing the distraction of needing to address brush technique at the same time. Painting a self-portrait from […]

Dip Pens & Liquid Watercolor Drawing Techniques

Learn useful tips for inking techniques with a dip pen using liquid watercolor. There are many tricks that can make your experience much easier and allow for greater control over your line work. This drawing demonstration will show how you can develop your skills for inking techniques to create elegant cross-hatching and dynamic line work […]

Painting Basics TRACK

The Painting Basics Track will help you develop a foundation for painting, covering basic skills like color theory, brush technique composition, transparent vs. opaque paint, and more. You’ll get to jump around between figurative, abstract, and still life topics to expand your personal repertoire in painting. See our Painting Curriculum for a broader view of […]

Watercolor in Utah: Widstoe Cemetery

This video demos watercolor techniques for plein air landscape painting in a cemetery in Widstoe, Utah. The process is explained step by step, from the sketching process into finalizing the details in the paintings. Watercolor is combined with alcohol based brush pen markers to blend and create dramatic color effects. Demo led by Art Prof […]

Painting Bread: Watercolor

See the process of watercolor painting AND baking sourdough bread! This video weaves together how a grandmother baking sourdough bread inspired a watercolor painting. By showing and explaining the painting process, the artist comes to see that the bread is much more that just a loaf of bread. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu. […]

Watercolor Effects & Tricks

This video shows a wide range of materials, techniques and tools for creating diverse effects in watercolor. You’ll learn how to create many visual effects in watercolor. Like how to achieve various textures, lines, and strokes. How to use other, unconventional tools. All of these techniques can be used to create a visual language for […]

Acryl Gouache & Watercolor Pencils: Mountains

This video demonstrates how to paint a mountain landscape using acryl gouache and watercolor pencils. Techniques for creating a convincing sense of depth and atmosphere in the landscape such as atmospheric perspective and brush work are explained and shown. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe. Video Walkthrough Alternating layers […]

Abstract Acrylic Painting Compositions

See how to begin and develop an abstract painting composition with acrylic paints, starting with collage as a prompt,  from beginning to end. This video demos the process of how to come up with an idea for an abstract painting, determining the tools and techniques to be used, and how to layer and push the […]

Abstract Acrylic Painting Prompts

This video demos exciting painting prompts to get you started creating abstract paintings in acrylic, using a wide range of techniques and tools for creating abstract paintings in acrylic paint. These prompts are a great way to jump start your process so you can get moving with your paintings. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu. […]

Water Mixable Oil Painting: Purple & Yellow

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates water mixable oil painting techniques of a still life based on the complementary pair yellow and purple. This is a follow up exercise to a complementary color chart that Prof Lieu did in gouache to explore complementary colors. Prof Lieu talks about color saturation, value, composition, and more. Art Supplies […]

Watercolor : Goblin Valley & Mushrooms

Art Prof Clara Lieu visits Goblin Valley in Southern Utah, where she paints 2 landscape paintings on site, blending watercolors and alcohol based brush pens. Next, Prof Lieu goes mushroom hunting with family in the mountains, bringing back gigantic mushrooms which serve as still life subjects to explore watercolor techniques including dry brushing and diverse […]

Watercolor in Utah: Mt. Pleasant

Art Prof Clara Lieu visits Mt. Pleasant, Widstoe, and Green River on the way to Southern Utah, where she paints on site using Winsor & Newton watercolors and alcohol based brush pens. Prof Lieu paints a “monument” of rocks in the desert, a fence with a patch of trees and a propane tank & watermelon […]

Abstract Acrylic Painting Effects & Tricks

This video shows a wide range of techniques and tools for creating abstract paintings in acrylic paint. You’ll see how to create many visual effects in acrylic paint like how to achieve various types of textures, lines, strokes, and other unconventional tools. All of these techniques can be used to create a visual language to […]

Painting Curriculum

The complete Painting Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. Painting 1: Types of Paint oil acrylic flashe acrylic encaustic casein mixed media fresco outdoor paints egg tempera air brush ink enamel paint oil bars gouache & acryl gouache watercolor Painting 2: Painting Prompts […]

Painted Paper Collage

PromptUse hand painted paper collage to create a portrait of your room, or, any room where you live. Supplies Acrylic paint Freezer paper Palette knife Acrylic brushes China bristle brush Bristol board Scissors Glue stick X-acto knife Mod podge 9″ x 12” Strathmore mixed-media paper Caution Utility Knives & X-Acto knives are extremely sharp and […]

Mixed Media Acrylic Painting

Art Prof Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch demonstrates techniques for creating a mixed media acrylic painting that is inspired by a taste of a texture. Inspired by her experience eating BBQ squid at a Japanese restaurant in New York City, Lauryn creates a thumbnail sketch using Copic sketch markers to plan for the acrylic painting. Lauryn […]

Intro to Oil Painting: Part 2 – Step by step

Part 2 of this intro to oil painting tutorial walks you through every step of the process to paint a lobster in a still life. Prof Lieu talks about how to premix your colors with a palette knife, lighting & shadow, brush techniques, how to layer your oil paint, the differences between opaque and transparent […]

Intro to Oil Painting: Part 1 – Basics

In part 1 of this oil painting tutorial, essential techniques, materials, and approaches to oil painting are thoroughly covered. Topics covered include all of the supplies: brushes, palette knives, oil paints, palettes, surfaces, and more. Safety hazards which include ventilation and disposal are explained in depth, as well as brush techniques, painting exercises and recommendations […]

Oil vs. Acrylic

Prof Lieu and Art Prof Teaching Artist Alex Rowe discuss all of the differences between oil and acrylic paint in great depth, as well as their similarities. It’s essential for any artist who paints to know what the technical differences are between oil and acrylic paint. The dry time varies tremendously, the solvents and mediums […]

Intro to Gouache Painting

This video comprehensively covers the fundamentals of painting with gouache by showing the process of painting a book cover illustration based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. The process begins by shooting reference photos at a graveyard in Concord, MA, moving on to thumbnail sketches, painting color studies, and then exploring techniques […]

Intro to Acrylic Painting

This video demonstrates important acrylic painting techniques in order to create a still life painting from beginning to end. Techniques covered in the video include palette knives, choosing acrylic colors, using a palette knife, mediums that can be added to the acrylic paint, acrylic varnishes, painting details, and much more. Demo led by Teaching Artist Alex […]

White on White Paintings

PromptCreate and paint a still life using only white objects. Supplies Tall container for water Palette Knife Acrylic paint Acrylic Matt Medium Slow Drying Medium Acrylic brushes Pro Acrylic gloss varnish Pro Acrylic semi-gloss varnish Blue painter’s tape Freezer paper clamp light or desk lamp Still Life Items White objects: bed sheets, bottles, cups, bowls, folded or […]

Complementary Color Chart

This video shows a color chart mixing exercise based on complementary color pairs, using purple and yellow. This color chart is very effective in terms of training your eye to see subtle shifts of color, to develop a more sensitive color mixing technique, and mixing different levels of saturation with the opposite color instead of […]