Intro to Egg Tempera Painting Basics

See Prof Lieu’s very first reaction to egg tempera paints, painting on a wooden panel. Explained are the physical properties and experience of egg tempera. Video Walkthrough Art Supplies

Techniques for Painting Animal Fur

See techniques for how to paint fur with marker, acrylic inks, and acrylic paints. Explained is ways to layer the 3 media to create a foundation for details. Find out specific ways to handle your brushes and ways to mix and apply the paints to capture the textures of fur. Demo by Art Prof Clara […]

Fan Art Draw Along

See how you can design fan art that will stand out from the crowd. Techniques demonstrated will be how to merge text and images as well as how to achieve your own personal interpretation while also capturing the subject’s character and personality. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster. Video Walkthrough Prof Lieu’s Tips […]

Figure in Water Mixable Oils

See how to begin a figure painting with water mixable oils. Explained is a reductive underpainting technique where the painting surface is covered with one color, and the highlights are removed with a cotton rag. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu. Video Walkthrough Art Supplies Reference Photos As a free educational source, Art Prof uses […]

Portrait Painting in Acrylic

This is a comprehensive portrait painting demo showing acrylic painting techniques. Explained are how to capture the structure and personality of the face, how to layer and build up colors through opaque and transparent glazes. Brush techniques are shown to achieve a diversity of strokes and direction. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu. Video Walkthrough […]

Sketching Architecture: Jerónimos Monastery

See how to sketch architecture in watercolor, you don’t need linear perspective and rulers when sketching on site! Tips for how to capture the impression of the building instead of measuring every line in the building are provided. This architectural sketch is done on site at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal. Demo by Art […]

Oil Pastel & Watercolor in Southern Utah

See how to combine oil pastel and watercolor, painting plein air on site in Southern Utah. Techniques for how to layer the watercolor and oil pastels together to create the bark and textures of a tree, as well as the grass and forms of colored rocks are explained in depth. Demo and commentary by Art […]

Landscape Painting in Óbidos, Portugal

See a landscape plein air painting from beginning to end, using watercolor and micron pens to show a panoramic scene in Óbidos, a village in Portugal. The combination of micron pens with watercolors is explained in depth, as well as the distinctive look of Óbidos through repeated colors throughout the city. Demo by Cat Huang […]

Lisbon Botanical Gardens: Plein Air Watercolor Painting

See the process of painting on site at the Lisbon Botanical Gardens using various watercolor techniques. Explained in depth are all the considerations in creating a watercolor painting: color scheme, composition, texture, working reductively in a watercolor painting, and more. Specific watercolor supplies that are practical for painting on site are explained. Demo and commentary […]

Painting an Eye in Watercolor

Watch a watercolor painting demo of how to paint an eye from beginning to end. Explained is how to start the painting by blocking out large areas of color. How to make the pupil and eyeball appear convincing and dimensional. How to add small details like the freckles and eye lashes in a way that […]

Color TRACK: Lesson 5, Complementary Color Underpainting

Prompt Start a painting with an underpainting, using the complementary colors of the objects in the image. For example, in the painting below, the blue area in the underpainting was chosen because eventually the orange of the lobster will be painted over the blue. complementary colorS Underpaintings Subject Matter The subject matter is up to […]

Portrait TRACK: Lesson 3, Self-Portrait Palette Knife Painting

Prompt Painting from Life We understand that painting from life often doesn’t feel as easy or convenient as working from a photograph. Seeing colors in real life is actually easier than observing a photograph, where colors lose their sophistication and nuances. Painting from life provides the opportunity to observe colors and subtle shifts in those […]

Color TRACK: Lesson 3, Painted Paper Collage

Prompt Create a collage using hand painted papers to create a portrait of a room where you live. This prompt is all about how to play with color through shapes and patterns. Choosing a room Take several rooms under consideration, and think about which has the most visual potential to explore color, pattern, and shape. […]

Watercolor & Gouache: Painting Portraits

See a portrait painting demo using characters from Wes Anderson’s film The French Dispatch. This video provides tips and techniques for how to create a convincing portrait using a monochromatic color scheme using watercolor and gouache. Techniques like the skull in the portrait to achieve a solid structure, a range of value and contrast, as […]

Drawing Curriculum

The complete Drawing Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 3 videos. Drawing 1: Supplies Drawing 2: Drawing Techniques Drawing 3: Drawing Prompts

Palette Knife Paintings: Mixing Flesh Tones

See a painting demo of how to mix flesh tones using water mixable oil paints and a palette knife. 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 life, […]

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 Curriculum 3: Tools

This video is a comprehensive look at the broad range of tools, both traditional and unconventional that can be used in oil, acrylic, ink, watercolor, and gouache. Brush shapes & types, palette knives, cleaning tools, and more are explained. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe. Video Walkthrough Resources The […]

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. Lesson 1 • Lesson 2 • Lesson 3Lesson 4 • Lesson 5 • Lesson 6 You’ll get to jump around between figurative, abstraction, landscape, and still life topics to expand your personal repertoire in painting. Pacing […]

Painting Basics TRACK: Lesson 1, Mastercopies

Prompt Choose a painting from art history or contemporary art and create a mastercopy of that painting. We recommend choosing a painting that is very different from how you usually paint so you can expand on your painting vocabulary. Try to use the same paint medium used in the original painting. Example: use watercolor to […]

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. (Prof Lieu’s mother in law, the “Bread Fairy.”) By showing and explaining the painting process, the artist comes to see that the bread is much more that just a loaf of […]

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 Prof Lieu’s […]

Abstract Acrylic Painting Compositions with Collage

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 in Utah: 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 Painting 2: Painting Prompts Painting 3: Painting Tools

Painting Curriculum 2: Prompts

Part 2 of this painting curriculum provides painting prompts that will stimulate all areas of painting, and that can be done in any paint media: color, brushwork, thumbnails, composition, and more in order to gain a well rounded skill set in painting. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe. Video […]