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e-Video CLASS - How to use Layering and Blocking-In Painting Techniques - Acrylic

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Learn Layering and Blocking-In Painting Techniques - Acrylic Online Class

 e-Video Painting Class




Advance Your Fundamental Painting Skills

Learn two different acrylic painting techniques


Layering and Blocking-In


2 Instructors - 2 paintings - 2 skills

There are many different ways to apply paint to the canvas.  For a new painter it's always a good thing to know as many of them as you can. Knowing different painting techniques opens up a greater understanding of painting styles in general. The more techniques you master, the wider the range of painting subjects you will want to try.

Instructors Susan Abdella and Linda Wise will teach two different painting methods. Their approach is completely different.


Layering is an Indirect Painting Technique 

Kings River Landscape - with Art Teacher Linda Wise. If you enjoy painting landscapes the second study in this class explores a true layering or Indirect Painting Method.

Learn to use the paint application made popular by the Old Dutch Masters. Multiple layers of paint are applied to create form, depth and luminosity.

Beginning with transparent applications of umber pigments, the artist creates the initial layer, next opaque layers are used to build form, and subsequent transparent layers are applied to create the local color of objects. Learn how to apply transparent colored layers to create optical effects

Blocking-In is a Direct or 'wet in wet' Painting Technique

Bell Pepper - This style of painting technique renders a more 'painterly' style of brushwork. In this simple design, Susan Abdella shows how she uses a blocking in blending method to create the initial form.

Blocking - In or Block & Blend as it is sometimes called is a combination of both indirect and direct painting methods. A majority of artists combine both paint applications within a single painting.

Initial layers are often blended directly, and after the first layer has dried, indirect applications of transparent colors are glazed over opaque layers to assist in the further creation of dimensional form. 

Learning Outcome

  • Learn layering painting method
  • Learn how to create depth and dimension with layering.
  • Learn how to create luninous painting effects with layered transparent color glazes.
  • Learn how to control both opaque and transparent pigments.
  • Learn to block in color for a looser or 'painterly' look
  • Learn to create shines

 How The Class Is Taught

  • Supply sheet and instructions are located in the classroom
  • Painting demonstrations via video are provided for each painting lesson
  • Step by step written painting lessons
  • Step by step photographs are provided
  • There are several classroom forums where students can upload photographs of their work for feedback and help when needed
  • Full teacher support
  • Once you have registered for the class, you will get an email with instructions of how to access the classroom. This can take up to a couple of hours to process.


 Use these techniques for painting other subjects
  • 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.

Unlimited access to classroom materials 

Register and start painting today!


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