Learn How to Paint with Acrylics - Beginning Acrylic Fine Art Painting - Get Started Art Instruction Training Lessons on Video DVD

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ACRYLICS 100 - Get Started With KEN!


A 2 hour Video DVD of Artist and Instructor Kenneth John. KEN is a former community college professor of graphic arts, former high school art teacher, private art instructor, artist and has authored over 20 video DVD's on fine art and computer graphic art instruction. Sit down and watch KEN explain the in and outs of getting started with acrylic fine art painting.

The DVD is special to me because I have finally listened to my students, future artists, friends and people like you, who want to get into art and painting, telling me that they don't know how or lack confidence to get started. Ken shows you what you will need, surfaces, brushes, paint, extras, what to look out for, explains basic art concepts, color, color schemes and much more. When you finish the video, you will have the confidence to purchase and obtain everything you need to start.

For ages 14 and up, high school and college students, hobbyists, arts and crafts and anyone who has the desire to paint art with acrylics!

KEN has been a computer graphics art professor for the past 14 years and has painted oils and acrylics for as many years. He shares his experience as a professor, teacher, instructor, trainer, demonstrator, artist and everyday passion for the beginner painter.




See an example with a short clip of the instructional DVD from YouTube

  There are no bells and whistles, thrills or spills on the packaging or video production of this DVD. I tried to keep the costs down, the material on the DVD is what is important for you to learn. The DVD plays in your TV or on your Computer.  

Acrylics 100 Introduction

acrylic polymer paints are synthetic or man made
can be applied thick or thin, using water as it's primary thinning and painting medium
adhere to any surface that is at least slightly absorbent or porous
will not bond permanently to any smooth surface that is has the slightest amount of oil, wax or slippery.
will bond to glass and such surfaces, but can be easily scraped or rubbed off.
the binder for acrylics is a wet acrylic resin emulsion that when dry makes a permanent hard flexible plastic film that is resistant to moisture and cracking.
acrylics are considered non-toxic since it's base and medium is plain water.
dry fast, depending on the thickness painted, acrylics can dry in minutes or the whole painting in a couple of hours. frustrates many artists who transfer from oils.

Acrylic Paints

every manufacturer's acrylic paint is different than the next, the colors are different, the transparency, opaqueness, texture, you have to try some of all of them to find what is good for you.
go to each manufacturer's web site to read about it's line of acrylics
thin vibrant washes to thick impasto strokes.
tubes, jars plastic bottles.
most established artists recommend not mixing various brands, but your a beginner, buy different brands and experiment with them until you find the type you like, then you can buy all the colors from the same manufacturer.
student grade or artist grade - buy what you can afford, but i would start with the cheaper paints so that you can eventually know all the paints and their differences.

Clean Up
soap and water.
dried acrylic paint on fabric is pretty much permanent.

Acrylic Brushes

red sable, hog bristle, synthetic or nylon
rounds, flats, filberts
palette and painting knives
cleaning-soap and warm water

Art Terms and Principles

realism to abstract, representational to non-representational
line, shapes, form

local color
cast and form shadows
light and shade
black and white

Color Wheel

hues, chroma, high-low keys
primary-red, blue, yellow
secondary-orange,green, violet
tertiary-primary and secondary mix
neutrals-browns and grays-mixing complements, mute or tone down colors

Color Temperature
warm-cool colors

Color Schemes
split complement

A Good Starting Paint Palette

Some manufacturers have their own names for their colors, when you go to the store to buy and can't find the exact names I give you, find one that is the closest to the following by looking at the paint and get something close.

Titanium White
Cadium Yellow Light or any bright intense yellow
Yellow Ochre
Cadium Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Cadium Orange
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Sap Green
Dioxazine or Cobalt Violet
Mars Black
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber

What is the minimum supplies I need to have to get started?

Palette Paper
Coated Canvas Paper
Couple of Brushes- 1 larger and 1 smaller each of a round, flat and filbert
White, Red, Blue, Yellow Paint
Paper Towels


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