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e-Video Class - How to Paint Realistic Flowers in Acrylics- Flower Petal Concepts - with Sue Pruett, MDA

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e-Video Class - How to Paint Realistic Flowers in Acrylics- Flower Petal Concepts - with Sue Pruett, MDA

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How to Paint Flowers

Learn the Secrets to Painting Flower Petals


                                   Excellent Value

Students Complete 3 beautiful paintings

  • Access to teacher support and feedback 
  • Step by step video demonstrations of the painting techniques and development of the composition.
  • Step by step written notes to follow along with the videos. (Easy to download and print)
  • Step by step photographs.
  • Unlimited video access 24/7

 IMPORTANT:  Upon completion of your order you will receive an automatically generated order confirmation by email that contains a link to the  printable materials included with this class.   The printable material contains the links and passcode for all the class video files.  Please open the attachment and save the file to your computer.  Once saved to your computer you can print the materials and access the video lesson whenever you are ready to paint! 

Sue's Approach is Simple

Learning Outcome

Sue's goal is to help the artist to 'see' and paint flowers that are realistic.

  • Learn how to create twists, turns, folds, ruffles, flower centers and petal details so you will know how to paint a flower with confidence. All your flower paintings will illustrate greater realism. Sue's approach is to simply walk the student, step by step through the basic anatomy of the flower relative to its mass and form. With her in-depth explanations, you will come away with a greater love for painting floral themes as you will be better armed with the knowledge and skills to approach them with more confidence.
  • Have you ever wondered how artists know how to paint so many different varieties of flowers? This class will help you understand the shape of a flower petal and how easy that petal is to paint by dissecting the flower shape. Artist Sue Pruett is known for her love of gardening and painting flowers. In this foundational course, Sue explores different flower petal shapes and teaches the student how to recognize specific forms in the flower petals.
  • Complete three paintings that reinforce the goals of the lesson.


            Understanding the Basics of Flower Anatomy

The class begins with students understanding the basics of flower anatomy and form. With this foundation in place, artist Sue Pruett begins to teach the first of three floral studies. The design featured above is study #1. Here students learn with the help of several videos, text lessons and reference photos to paint using the theory behind the design elements. The focus is on learning how to paint flowers close up. It is important when learning how to paint flowers step by step, that students have a solid grasp of how real garden flowers will grow. 



                   Class Presentation

Once enrolled in the class, students gain access to the online classroom on our website. Here you will find all the class materials such as the supply list, class videos, lessons and other support materials. As you watch the videos, the teacher helps you prepare for the class, discusses the supplies and begins the creative process. Students follow along with the videos and use the printed text lessons as an extra support for the class. At anytime you can ask for help via email or by uploading a photograph of your painting into the class forums. Your teacher is always ready to offer suggestions and give feedback to help you create a successful painting that you will be happy with.

Paint Media: Artist Acrylics




                                                                 Student Support
  • Class Videos: The online art lesson is presented via classroom videos, students can work along at their own pace as they watch the instructor paint each step of the painting.
  • Text Lessons: Several step by step written lessons are provided so the student can paint along with the videos.
  • Step by step supporting photographs are included in class materials.
  • Instructor help and feedback: Students have unlimited access to receive individual critiques from the instructor.

Other Support

  • Classroom Forums: There are many classroom forums where you'll upload photographs of your work, and questions and answers are shared between students and me the instructor. Feedback is very important. This helps you know that you are on the right track. If there are any issues or challenges, these Q & A’s forums help clarify anything that might not be completely clear to you.


Many additional and important concepts are covered in this class. Students are introduced to how and what to observe in regards to painting flowers from different perspectives or vantage points. Ellipses, which are circles seen in perspective are explained and addressed as they play a major role in featuring the correct proportions and dimensions when painting.


In the third and last flower study, students paint a small bouquet of flowers. Each flower petal will present challenges and concepts that the student has learned. Sue's easy approach to dissecting flower petals and illustrating how to paint their shapes, makes it easy for beginning artists to understand all the elements and features of the basic flower shapes. Some colors of flowers can present greater challenges to paint them with fresh clear colors, Sue explains how to paint yellow flowers, and complements them with lovely purple and violet hues.


                                                   All Skill Levels Are Welcome

It is recommended that you have some prior painting skills. This course has been designed for strong beginner and intermediate painters, but is perfect for any level of painter wanting to improve their flower painting skills. This is a beautifully presented lesson that is packed with information and covers the details that make all the difference in a painting.



  • Unlimited access to teacher support and feedback.
  • Step by step video demonstrations of the painting techniques and development of the composition.
  • Step by step written notes to follow along with the videos. (easy to download and print)
  • Step by step photographs.



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  • 5
    Great class

    Posted by Margo M. on 27th Jan 2016

    Great class, very detailed and lots of close-ups! High quality videos, everything can be clearly seen, and tons of written information. I can imagine the amount of time teachers at AAO put in all their classes. I would love to see more flower classes/still life compositions, I love Sue's approach to study them first and then paint them. Helps a lot! I cannot believe how much I learned at this school in just one year! Joining this school was one of the best decisions ever made! Lots of inspiration and knowledge. It was worth every penny I spent.

  • 5
    My vote for best class!

    Posted by Alice S. Jackson on 14th Feb 2015

    Sue Pruett's class on Petal Concepts is the best class I have taken! I have been taking art classes for 8 years now and this class has taught me more than any class! She is very informative and teaches you to touch the petals so you can feel the smoothness or texture. You can then know how to paint the flower. You learn to paint so the colors will make the petal turn toward you or away from you. She makes it easy to learn just what to do with the flower to make it look so real. I encourage all of you to purchase this class and take your time and you can paint it just like Sue does! God bless you all!

  • 5
    A WOW class!

    Posted by Joy on 10th Mar 2014

    This was a wonderful, informative class. So much is taught in this class, not only about painting flowers but about fundamental painting i.e. lights and darks, making things recede and come forward, and why and how these are applied. Sue makes flowers come to life. I recommend this class to all artists, beginners and advanced. Great close ups of each step really makes it easy to follow. Bonus: Sue also shows you how to paint waterdrops!!

  • 5
    Painting flowers is a joy!

    Posted by Gail from CT on 8th Feb 2013

    Sue's class on flowers is excellent, taking you from flower structure and a photo through to your completed paintings. The last painting in the series also includes a wonderful video on waterdrops. The camera is so close you feel like you are watching from Sue's brush! I love being able to pause, and rerun, allowing me time to paint my best. If you love flowers, this class is for you!

  • 5
    Rockin Flower Petals

    Posted by Mary on 14th Jan 2013

    I am so pleased that I signed up for this class when it was posted on the daily specials! It is worth every penny even at regular price. Sue is a wonderful teacher explaining techniques and demonstrating them on the videos, and answering all your questions. Can't say enough--can't wait to get into the lessons and painting everyday.

  • 5
    Learned so much!

    Posted by USA happy student! on 13th Mar 2012

    Sue this was the best class ever! Really learned so much.

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