How to paint glass with Acrylics – Small Glass Study Course
Do you end up with super bright white highlights and hard edges that look stuck on?
Sometimes all your painting needs is a few subtle touches to transform it.
This course looks at ways of achieving lifelike glass with acrylics, yet still achieving a painterly feel.
What does this course offer?
Discover the methods of classical painting to create a realistic glass effect using Acrylics.
Using the style & techniques of the Old Masters, you’ll discover how many classical techniques such as glazing and underpainting can be used to great effect with Acrylics.
Guided by professional artist Will Kemp, you’ll unlock techniques to add a new level of sophistication to your paintings, including how to add sheen to glass and creating realistic reflections in wood.
You’ll start with the basics. Learn the key things to look out for in your composition, how to lay down a coloured ground and what to look out for in the drawing (I’ve included my drawing for you to download so you have a guide to work to)
Your painting will start with a simple Monochrome under-painting using Burnt Umber and water.
We’ll then progress by introducing lights and contrast by adding an opaque Titanium white.
Then, by introducing a few key colours, the painting will start to develop and your eye will start to notice all the subtle differences and nuances in the piece.
We then work the painting with a couple of brushes keeping the marks fresh and the colour palette simple.
Watch your painting really start to pop as we introduce some vivid Cadmium orange, and then learn how a cup of tea can make the difference to new insights on your painting!
We’ll finally refine the finish, building the painting depth by using translucent glazes to add warmth and glow to your painting.
How is the course delivered?
3 downloadable Video Lessons – 1 x Small Glass Study.
Over 1 1/2 hours of video instruction, a Quick Start PDF guide which includes your materials lists, downloadable images of the painting at each stage and tools of the trade!
The lessons are available online to download so you have access to the course forever.
The video files are 500MB in total so you need a broadband internet connection and enough space on your computer hard drive.
- 3 video lessons (MP4 files), filmed in HD once downloaded you have anywhere access
- Downloadable class materials, including high-resolution reference images and recommended supplies
- Over 1.5 hours of close-up instruction
Who would benefit from this course the most?
- If you’ve painted a couple of still lifes but want to tackle a more challenging subject
- If you’ve worked on the Masterclass course and want to add a new object to your list
- If you’re feeling festive with wine and tangerines!
When does the class start?
Whenever you’re ready!
What skills should I have already coming into this class?
Basic understanding of acrylics and colour mixing. Basic drawing skills (a reference line drawing is provided as a guide) and a love of tea (optional)
The Artists Eye
Having studied film and cinematography, I’ve tried to create a video course that will give you the best results, as if I’m in the studio with you.
For this still life painting course, I’ve updated a few technical things to give you the highest quality possible.
High-Quality Full HD Video Recording
This course focuses on the painting, filmed in 1080pHD with good quality audio.
There are 3 main camera views I cover:
1. An over-the-shoulder view of the work – so you can see how I build up the painting as if you were standing behind me in the studio.
2. A closeup of the brush contacting the canvas – with extreme close-ups, so you can see the grain of the canvas and the bristles in the brush.
3. Stable shot of the palette for when I pick up paint – see exactly how I mix colours. There is nothing worse than when the brush disappears from view, only to reappear with some fantastic new colour. Where did that colour come from?! How did it get mixed?
The palette view is very important, and not just at the beginning of the video.
I want to show you every single mix I make, so I film with the palette directly next to the painting, then you can see shots of the palette throughout the course and gain a sense of my approach to colour mixing.
Real-time filming – No long jumps in progress
I don’t like long jumps in progress when the paint brush goes off camera, the shot changes and suddenly the picture has seemed to drastically improve. To learn the most, you need to see each stage of the painting, so on all my courses I include all the stages so you can clearly see the progress of a work.
Edited by the artist
I filmed it, edited it, and coloured it myself (with a little help from Vanessa!) rather than working with a production company.
Artists have different needs than editors so I wanted to cut the course like an artist, showing you exactly what I wanted to see when I was learning.
Colour corrected footage
Filmed under constant colour balanced conditions, so the paint colours are as accurate as can be.
I’ve invested in specialist colour correction software to give you the most accurate view of the paint colours and mixes I use.
What if I work in oil?
Although the demonstrations are in acrylics, the techniques on the course could easily transfer to oils. The colour palette I use is available in acrylic and oils.
£18.50GBP / $ 28USD / 26EUR / $ 38CAD / $ 39AUD
(exchange rates may vary slightly)
So how does it work?
- After clicking ‘Add to Cart’ you can pay via Paypal using a credit/ debit card or a Paypal account.
Don’t have a Paypal Account?
In most countries Paypal offers an option for you to pay using Paypal, without opening a Paypal account.
Here is a screenshot from UK Paypal.
- Once you’ve paid, after a few seconds you’ll be redirected to a download page containing all the video links and Information (see image example below)
- You will also be emailed your download link as a backup.
How big are the video files?
To download the course, you ideally need a broadband connection as the video files are quite large (Total 500 MB) – you do not receive a DVD.
You then have to Download and save the MP4 video tutorials to your home computer.
This can take up to 20 minutes for each file depending on your internet speed as they are quite large.
Do I need a special player to watch the videos on my computer?
No. The video files are MP4 ‘s and 90% of computers/laptops will have a media player on them.
If you have earlier software that doesn’t have a media player, you can download one for free.
To view the PDF you need Adobe reader (also free to download)
How do I download the videos to my computer?
Download Page example
On a P.C
Hover the mouse over the orange ‘click here’ link and ‘right-click’ your mouse. There will be an option that says ‘Save Link as’
Click this option and a box should come up saying where do you want to say the files (eg, desktop, whatever your files names are called) decide where to save them and then the file should start to download, it might take 10 minutes before it downloads fully (depending on internet speed.)
On a Mac
Click the ‘click here’ link.
It will give you the option to ‘Open with’ or ‘Save file’
You want to click ‘Save as’ and the file will download into your downloads.
Can I download the videos to my iPad?
Firstly, I would download the files to a desktop or laptop if you have one, just so you have a copy of the files.
Then you have a couple of options, either to transfer via iTunes or to use a free app on the iPad.
Transferring files via iTunes
Use a separate app
If you have an iPad you can use a free app called ‘Documents’ to download the video files to your iPad. Please note: Without the app you won’t be able to download and save the videos directly to your iPad.
Here is a more in-depth tutorial Downloading help page that goes through the process of downloading to an iPad.
Can I download to my Android Tablet?
Most Android tablets can download the files directly from the links.
Alternatively, You can also transfer from your PC to your tablet via USB.
Transferring from PC to Android Tablet
1. Download the video links to your PC (the videos are MP4 files so will play on all Android operating systems)
2. Connect your device to your computer. If you are using a PC, you must have Windows Media Player 10 or greater installed. (If you are using a Mac, you will need the Android File Transfer tool )
3. Open your Android device’s storage on your computer. Go to the Videos folder on either the device’s storage or an inserted MicroSD card. Click and drag the downloaded video file into this folder. This may take a few minutes, depending on the size of the file.
4. Once the transfer is complete, disconnect the device.
Can I download the video files to my own DVD to watch on a DVD player?
Yes, you can download the files to a DVD, however, not all DVD players will playback MP4 files.
There are a couple of options:
1. DVD playback on another computer:
If you burn the MP4 files to a DVD and then play the DVD in another computer or laptop it should play without a problem if you have an up to date media player that supports MP4.
(If you need an up to date media Player you can download one here: VLC media player (also free) VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/)
2. DVD playback on a DVD player with a file Converter
It depends if your DVD player supports MP4 video files.
Many DVD players will say MP4 on the front tray, for example ‘DVD/Audio CD/DivX/MP4/MP3/‘
Some older DVD player don’t support MP4 because MP4 is a format with different decodes.
If you have an older DVD player you will have to convert the files using free software.
The MP4 to DVD converter from www.freemake.com is a good choice.
After all that technical stuff we can now get painting!