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Acrylic - Painting Seascapes - Beaches, Dunes and Tidal Pools - Online Art Class - with Instructor Neadeen Masters, CDA

  • Understanding the contours and the anatomy of breaking waves
  • Painting Foam patterns in seascapes
  • Crashing waves in seascapes
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Discover The Art of Painting Seascapes

 Create Seascape Paintings you'll be proud to show off!


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Not Available Anywhere Else On the Internet 

  • Unlimited access to teacher support and feedback for the duration of the class.
  • 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 classroom access 24/7 for the duration of the class.

Four painting studies for this online art course

At some point in life we’ve either been to the ocean or wished we could visit the ocean. Either way, if you can’t feel the sand between your toes or the salt on your skin... the next best thing is to learn to paint the ocean! How to paint waves? Where do we begin? Let me share this with you…Having lived near the ocean, and on a small tropical island in the Caribbean, I have come to know this subject well. It has been a life long pastime to beach comb, study the continuous movement and the unpredictable happenings of the sea, her waves, colors and shorelines. Painting Seascapes is a passion. 


In this class you'll enjoy trying your hand at a variety of seascape paintings; there are four individual studies in this class. From the simple sand dune to the crashing waves, and tidal pools, each painting will help you understand the characteristics of moving water as well as the elements found along the shoreline.

Essential to the success of painting seascapes is a basic understanding of the ocean’s ever changing moods and colors. And like anything else, knowing our subject and how light, weather and atmosphere influences these colors is a major part of painting the ocean so it looks realistic. Getting good results depends on several things, from understanding the anatomy of sand, to water and waves, to creating a composition that will be inspiring and fun to paint. But the main thing is to feel you can approach any seascape composition with confidence.

Neadeen demonstrates how to paint a tonal underpainting to build the first layers of the sand dunes.


The first painting lesson is a simple sand dune painting. The goal of this lesson is to learn how to use a tonal underpainting (seen in the short video above) so simple color harmony can be learned for painting sand. The lesson also helps the student work with one specific light source. This painting lesson will prepare you for future paintings of dunes and beach grasses. 

Shallow Water & Wet Sand: As the artist studies the anatomy of a beach, they also learn to divide the beach into different zones. At the waters edge, there are two topics that need to be understood.  One is shallow water, where the waves creep up onto the shore. The signature they leave behind is the zone of wet sand after they recede back into the ocean. Wet sand is highly reflective and will exhibit the colors of the sky and the sand itself. This area will also provide the artist with a way to carry color, and create texture which adds to the interest of the composition. Come away with a different perspective of the beach...


Seascape Paintings - Learn How Ocean Colors Change

The colors of the ocean vary due to sea conditions, weather, ocean depth, region and lightWith each new painting exercise, the student will also gain a better understanding of this and the different color palettes we can work with. Several related concepts are explored to help the student understand the characteristics of the ocean and seascape paintings. 

Understanding the Colors and Values of the Ocean 



  • This class is taught with artist grade acrylics - However the lessons could easily be adapted for oil painting.
  • 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.
  • You’ll also have access to a friendly online community of fellow students, to trade advice and experience as well as get personalized advice from me. No matter the challenge, the community, the classroom forums and I are all here to get you rolling again.



Class Presentation and Painting Instruction

- Each of the four painting lessons in this online art class are presented with several hours of video demonstrations and painting instruction. Each lesson comes with step by step text lessons that help the student paint along with both video and written painting instruction. Neadeen explains many of the concepts as she paints, students learn many tips and tricks and gain greater confidence as they watch the painting unfold.

- View the class from the best seat in the house. Watch each brush stroke, and hand movement as you learn the painting techniques. Neadeen describes the color mixes and explains why she adjusts certain colors and for what effect. This class will help you build an excellent foundation for painting seascapes as you learn many useful and important skills to use over and over in the future.

NOTE:Open for Continuous Enrollment - The course materials for this class are still being created. Price of course will increase once all the materials are in place.

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn how to paint waves, sea foam, white water, sea mist, blowing sea spray and foam patterns
  • Learn how to paint sand, rocks, wet rocks, shallow and deep water, beach grasses, dunes
  • Learn how to paint the ocean in general
  • Understand the reflective quality of wet sand
  • Learn how to adjust the color palette with brush mixing
  • Coastline perspectives relative to breaking waves, wavelets, and crashing waves
  • Foam patterns to develop the realistic water surfaces for seascapes


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Product Videos

Acrylic Painting Techniques - Underpainting a Sand Dune with Acrylics - Seascapes (09:21)
Demonstration in Underpainting a sand dune with acrylics. This is a small portion of an online art class on beaches and seascapes taught at the Art Apprentice Online Art School.http://store.artapprenticeonline.com/ocean-and-underwater/
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    Demonstration in Underpainting a sand dune with acrylics. Thi...
  • Acrylic Painti...
    Painting foam patterns on breaking waves. Watch artist Neadeen...
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  1. Very informative class

    Posted by Margo M. on 23rd Dec 2015

    This is a very informative and very detailed class. I watched all videos, and painting seascape does not scare me anymore. Neadeen explains everything slowly and patiently over and over. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested to painting seascapes. This is the class that makes learning easy and understandable. Very good quality of videos and lots of close-ups! Every brushstroke is shown. Worth every penny I paid. Thank you!

  2. Looks great!

    Posted by Norma Rabideau on 22nd Oct 2013

    I haven't started this class yet but it looks like what I have been looking for. Can't wait to get started.

  3. Loving this class

    Posted by JJ - Painting in the USA on 28th Jul 2012

    I am so excited about this class. Everything so far has been excellent.

  4. Beautiful!

    Posted by USA - New Mexico on 16th Jan 2012

    Cannot wait to start this course. If it is anything like your other classes, it will be amazing!

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