Absolute Beginners Acrylic Painting Course

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Do you ever dream of becoming an artist but keep on putting it off until you have ‘more time’?

It’s easily done.

The very thought of the blank white canvas can cause a state of anxiety.

You can quickly find yourself as the ‘art admirer’ rather than the ‘art creator’.

Everyone else appears to be picking up the techniques so quickly and getting stuck in, but you just don’t know where to start.

And you begin to wonder…

What if, when you start painting, your paintings look …terrible.

It’s enough to leave your paints in the box and promise…you’ll start next week!!!

For this Absolute Beginners Acrylic Painting Course, I want to engage aspiring artists who have been putting off their creative adventures and build confidence by slowly introducing painting concepts one at a time.

And then put them into action in a practical demonstration.

Why do we put off starting the things we’d love to achieve?

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#1 You lack confidence.

You want your first paintings to look great, but you’re convinced they might not. So you put off the inevitable and don’t paint at all.

In the beginning, you’ll make some mistakes. We all do.

But here’s a little secret from my Easel.

During every new painting I’m working on, there’s a stage where the painting seems to take two steps backwards.
It’s part of the process.

If you follow the lessons, you’ll get better. You’ll begin to develop an intuitive understanding of what you’re doing and you’ll start to see results.

#2 You’re pushed for time.

This course has been designed in ‘bite size’ lessons, each one no longer than 45 minutes. They have been broken down into Chapters, so even if you only have 15 minutes a session, you can still learn a key concept.

#3 You’re feeling overwhelmed.

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Trying to learn a new anything feels so huge! There’s so much to learn and you just don’t know where to start.

Bearing that in mind, I’ve designed this course so each lesson is easily achievable, with a full material list that only uses a few paint colours, 2 brushes, and limited other materials.

I’ve included my line drawings for you to work from, so you don’t have to be an experienced draughtsman. Each time I tackle a new technique on the course, I explain why I’m doing it and the results I’m looking for – so you can follow along really easily.

#4 You don’t know what to paint.

adding texture with acrylicsYou feel like you’re creatively blocked. You want to have moments of inspiration and blurred days without sleeping or eating just painting at the Easel, but when you try and think what to paint, you mind goes as blank as the canvas.

For this course I’ve created 3 follow-along demonstrations with downloadable reference images for you to work along from. This will take the pressure off and can often jump start your own ideas and inspiration.

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself”

Chuck Close, Artist

Each demonstration uses a different colour mood and painting techniques, so you can start to explore which style of painting suits you best.

How is this Course Structured?

This is a simple, easy-to-follow downloadbale video course with over 3 hours of tuition, where you will discover the essentials of how to create an acrylic painting ‘that works’ and is aimed as if you’re completely new to painting.

I’ve found that using acrylics is the simplest, most effective way for an absolute beginner to learn how to paint successfully.

Acrylic paints dry really quickly, are odourless and can be cleaned up and diluted with water.

You can paint thickly or thinly, with muted colours or bright vibrant abstracts.

Coming from an art education background I’ve designed Art Curriculums for schools, developed interactive learning resources with the National Gallery, London and taught students from all different starting points the principles of how drawing and painting works.

This course has been designed as a step-by-step rounded learning experience bringing together all my experience as a student, painter and teacher.

What will this course cover?

acrylic brushesWe’ll cover Materials and set up, colour mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and palette knife techniques and gels and mediums.

  • Choosing a brush, palette and canvas
  • Altering acrylic paint with water and other mediums
  • Blocking in & underpainting
  • Adding glazes
  • Choosing pigments
  • Understanding basic colour theory
  • Creating texture with mediums
  • Using a palette knife
  • Signing and protecting your work

It’s split into 7 lessons that can be tackled daily, perfect if you want a painting week or study one lesson every weekend to give yourself a continuity in your painting practice.

So why don’t you grab a brew and join me on this acrylics beginners course to unleash your inner artist and put paint to canvas!

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It’s simple. It’s thorough. And it’s easy-to-digest

You don’t need to watch all the lessons at once to get value.

Watching what you want, when you want, or dive in at the start to the finish! Both methods work and both will help to kickstart your painting habit.

How is the Course Delivered?

  • 7 Downloadable Step-by-Step Video Lessons – over 3 hours of video instruction that once downloaded – you have anytime, anywhere access. (please note: you do not receive a DVD)
  • A Your Materials PDF  – which includes your materials list.
  • A Your Paintings Downloads PDF guide – which includes all the reference images used throughout the course, alongside stages of my more detailed paintings.

Requirements for the course.

  • A colour printer – to print out the reference images
  • A broadband internet connection – the files sizes for the video lessons are quite large (2.5GB in total)
  • Enough free space on your computer – the video files are quite large.
  • 1 hour of distraction-free ‘you-time’  – You’ll need to be able to dedicate 1 hour for each painting demonstration
  • A love of tea & cake (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the course for?

An absolute beginner or an aspiring artist who has tried a few paintings on their own but have been disappointed with their results.

Will it be too basic for me?

Maybe, if you’ve watched through all of the videos on my youtube channel (over 10 million views so far) or have completed more advanced painting courses.

You may have come across many of the principles I demonstrate, just in a more scattergun effect, whereas this course organizes all of these lessons into a concise way of understanding the whole picture. Then you can branch off into more specialized individual courses or re-visit older lessons with a new vantage point.

What if I can’t draw?

I’m a big fan of drawing and if you have a good understanding how drawing works, it can make the biggest jump forward in your paintings (seems counter-intuitive but it can make dramatic changes).
But if you’re super keen to get started with painting and engrossed in colour, then I’ve added a few downloads to help you out.
These are line drawings that you can work from.
All of the images can be printed out A4 size so you can work 1:1 with your reference image (another classical technique called ‘sight-size’). You can then draw out freehand or trace the lines to get you started, this course is all about getting you painting.

What results will I achieve at the end of the course?

If you follow the lessons in progression then by the end of the course you will have three finished paintings, a still life, and landscape, and the seascape.

Each completed with three different styles of colour palette, from a vivid turquoise to a muted earth tone.

You’ll have gained a foundational knowledge of what can be achieved with acrylic paint, and how quickly you can progress as an artist when you take the right approach to painting.

Can I complete the course in Oil Paints?

Mmm, it’s hard to say, If you’re absolutely new to painting I’d say no.

Many of the demonstrations and tutorials look at materials that are specific to acrylic painting – so I wouldn’t want you to have the additional complication of adapting the methods to oils.

However, If you’ve been painting with oils for a while, you could adapt the painting tutorials with oil paint as many of the techniques stem from a classical oil painting approach.

The demonstrations have been designed to utilize the quick drying properties of acrylics and to work around all the issues that acrylics can have.

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£47 GBP / $59 USD / 55 EURO / $79 CAD / $79.75 AUS
(exchange rates may vary slightly)

Technical Download Questions

So how does it work?

After clicking ‘Add to Cart’ you will see a page with a pay with Paypal button


Click the ‘Check out with PayPal’ even if you don’t have 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. If you ever update your computer or can’t track down the downloads just drop me an email and I’ll send through fresh links.

How big are the video files?

To download the course you ideally need a broadband connection as the video files are quite large

(Total 2.5 GB) – you do not receive a DVD.

You then have to Download and Save the video tutorials onto your home computer.

This can take up to 20 minutes for each file depending on your internet speed.

(Please Note: If you want to watch the videos using an iPad, see below as you need an app called ‘Documents’ this will allow you to download and save the files.)

Do I need a special program 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.

Apple Quicktime

or VLC media player (also free) VLC Media Player  http://www.videolan.org/

To view the PDF you need Adobe reader (also free to download)

How do I download the videos onto 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 onto 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

If you have a Mac you can:
1. Download the files to your desktop (or find the ones you’ve already saved)
2. Plug in iPad to Mac
3. Open iTunes
4. Drag MP4′s (video files of the course) on the Mac into TV shows or Movies
5. To Play on iPad open the Videos App then look under TV shows or Movies
6. The MP4 video files from the course should play fine.
If you’re on a PC you can download iTunes here and go through the same process.

Using a Separate App

If you have an iPad you can download using the free ‘Documents’ app.

Here is a Downloading help page that goes through the process, scroll down to the ‘How to Download to an iPad using the free ‘Documents’ App‘ section.

Please note: Without the app, you won’t be able to download and save the videos directly to your iPad

Can I download the video files and put them onto my own DVD to watch on a DVD player?

The course is a set of 7 downloadable video lessons, so once you’ve downloaded you can watch as many times as you like, forever, within your own schedule.

Yes, you can download the files onto 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 onto 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 MP4s. 

(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 do not 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.

Downloadable High-Res Reference Images

A true ‘step-by-step’.

If you came to my studio with the question ‘I have a week to learn how to paint, what do I need to know?’

I’d strip the learning process down to basics, the fewest brushes, a few key colours and an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

This course goes through everything step-by-step.

I introduce each new technique slowly and in a logical progressive sequence.

It’s split into 7 lessons that can be tackled daily, perfect if you want a painting week or study one lesson every weekend to give yourself a continuity in your painting practice.

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.High-Quality Full HD Video Recording

High-Quality Full HD Video Recording

This course focuses on the painting and was filmed in 1080 HD. Jam packed with 3 detailed demonstrations to give you the highest quality possible.

Recorded in pristine 24/96 kHz audio which has been digitally mastered using the latest audio software, so all you hear is the brush on the canvas.

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.