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CORE Part One: A Comprehensive Acrylic Skill Building Painting Course -14 Art studies In Part One

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                                      Discover Acrylics


           THE CORE Part One - ACRYLIC 'Skill Building' PAINTING COURSE


THE CORE PART One is a progressive painting program for both beginner and experienced artists.  This course expertly explains the primary concepts of art theory, painting techniques, and craftsmanship in as little as 14 interactive painting lessons.  Each lesson is progressive and extremely comprehensive, allowing students to create a solid foundation and personal artistic style.  THE CORE (PART 1) teaches through technical & mechanical concepts needed for learning to paint.

Learning to paint is a process that develops over time. THE CORE (PART 1) speeds up that process & will help you move toward a lifelong love of painting.

We recommend students who want to build their artistic skill set start here.  Each one of the 14 studies in THE CORE (PART 1) curriculum has been designed to teach you more than a semester in traditional art school.

NOTE: This painting program is taught using Traditions Artists Acrylics - These are professional grade pure pigments.



  1. UNLIMITED ACCESS - "The course never runs out! You can keep on learning in your own time frame and at your own pace!"

“I have learned more in this course than in a year of art school. This is the resource that I send people to when they want to start painting.”


“Each painting exercise is taught in a methodical, step by step manner, to make it practical for new & experienced art students to grasp & understand the practical application of painting.”


Students can access the website, classroom, and AAO’s wealth of resources on their own day-to-day schedule. 24/7 - 365...and onwards. Not to mention, this course comes at an affordable cost to all.  

  • Class: Craftsmanship - Artists tools and supplies
  • Class: Surface Preparation
  • Discover and Learn How to Control Light In a Composition...Teacher Sue Pruett will demonstrate and help you through this portion of the course.
  • Class: Value and Notan relative to composition and light.  
  • Class: Indirect Painting Method - Wet On Wet Blending Method (Red Anjou Pear).  Instructor: Gaby Hunter
  • Class: Direct & Indirect Painting Method - Base Coat & Side Load Blending Method (Pink Tulip).  Instructor: Connie Clark
  • Class: Indirect Painting Method - Along the Kings River (Part 1, 2, 3).  Instructor: Linda Wise
  • Class:  Indirect Painting Method - Block & Blend Blending Method (Green Pepper).  Instructor: Susan Abdella
  • Class: Direct Painting Method - Cottage In A Cornfield after John Constable, 1817 Instructor: Neadeen Masters  
  • Craftsmanship - Artist's Tools & Supplies
  • Surface Preparation (Glass, Canvas, Wood, Tile, Ceramic, Tin, Etc.)
  • Value & Notan Relative to Composition
  • Understanding Color Value
  • Learn to Paint a Greyscale
  • 3-Dimensional Form - Value Relative to Creating 3-Dimensional Form
  • Painting Techniques & Brushwork - Blending Methods - Painting Flowers & Fruit
  • Basic Color Theory
  • Color Schemes
  • Painting Keys - High, Medium, & Low Key Painting
  • Working with Tonal Underpaintings - Creating a Still Life Composition
  • Direct & Indirect Painting Methods - Painting Landscapes

If you are really serious about learning to paint ...Then this painting program might be one of the most important group of art classes you'll ever take.





            Discover the Secrets of Color and Mixing

Color mixing for the beginning artist can be a daunting task. Don't be afraid of mixing, just learn a different and common sense approach to color that will make all the difference. Make your color mixing experiences a success when you understand the basics and learn how play and control color.

This portion of the course is great for the artist who wants to learn correct fundamentals. This class includes color mixing for the most challenging of colors...yellow and green. By following these art lessons and working through these mixing exercises you'll feel more comfortable and have greater confidence to approach all your mixing needs. Making your own color mixing charts will become a fun and informative study for your exploration of color in the future.


  Learn surface preparation, artists tools and materials

The goals in this section of the program are to prepare and train the student for painting on several traditional and standard surfaces. Proper preparation of surfaces and maintenance of materials and the correct use of standard artist’s tools and the application of finishes will be covered. Students learn how to prepare a canvas, tin, glass, wood, plastic, and even prefinished surfaces before acrylic painting. It doesn't matter what surface you want to paint on, we can show you how to best prepare it for painting. The instructors are all seasoned artists who have painted on all kinds and types of surfaces. They will share tips and many techniques to make the process easier and quicker.



As you progress through this course you'll learn about selecting the correct backgrounds for your painting compositions and why color key is an important concept to learn. Dark, medium and light color backgrounds offer challenges for artists. The Beginning artist will gain artistic confidence when making these choices in the future. The key of your background will determin how you paint the rest of your composition, this becomes an important aspect when painting original art of your own.

Each painting lesson is broken down into bite size pieces, making it easy for the student to understand. The instructors walk you through each step in a progressive manner, building on skills and techniques. There are many classroom forums where students can ask for feedback and critiques. Our instructors are always willing to help and offer suggestions.


                        Learn How to use the Color Wheel Effectively

In this portion of the program, students explore color schemes and learn how to use them correctly. Here is an overview of the topics taught.

  • Discover Color Schemes and learn how they are used to create harmony in painting. This information is also helpful if you are an artist, quilter, or interested in home decor and fashion.
  • Learn to create a harmonious color scheme.
  • Learn how to paint on light, medium and dark key backgrounds and how the artist can adjust their color palette to suit.
  • Discover how the value of a background can affect the mood, and overall impression of a painting. This class is valuable for any artist wanting to create additional drama in their paintings.
  • Reinforce your blending techniques. 
  • Complete 3 small paintings that explore color keys.


                                                             What Is Value In Painting?

Discover the hidden secrets to creating a path of light in your paintings!

Besides learning about color, students study the most important property of color that is value. Students learn how to judge value, how to relate it to color and how light and shadow affect it. Learn how to create a path of light through a painting, directing the viewers eye by manipulating value is the key to a successful painting. Instructor Linda Wise helps the student 'see' value as they apply transparent color glazes to create a lovely tropical sunset painting.






Discover the fundamentals of still life painting, and create technically correct compositions!


Still life painting is wonderful, yet it can be a technical challenge for beginning artists, especially for those just starting out with this subject. As teachers we all understand these frustrations and want to share with you an easy approach to this subject. There's so much to think about, from correct perspective to managing the light source, capturing the correct form and placement of shadows...it can be overwhelming and daunting to say the least. However, when you have a good understanding of these concepts, it becomes a fun and exciting subject to paint. Think about all your collections and objects at home, just begging to be painted!

This portion of the course guides the student to approach a still life composition with greater artistic confidence and opens up a multitude of opportunities for creating professional looking art.






Learn to paint, simple and fast clouds, foliage and trees!!
Observe as artist Neadeen Masters shares a popular wet in wet painting technique, as she demonstrates how to use eye/hand coordination to control the brush to create certain effects. Being able to paint with a casual approach such as this is a fun and relaxing way to learn to paint.
This painting lesson is created with acrylic paints, easy to use and clean up. Acrylics dry quickly, so Neadeen shows you how to use Extender Medium to slow the drying time. This makes acrylic painting much more enjoyable and takes the stress out of the quick drying aspect of the paint.
That said, this painting technique is helping you build skills and applies to oil painting methods as well.
Watch a short time lapse video of the whole painting process. Naturally this is speeded up almost 600 times faster than normal speed. Wouldn't it be fun if we could paint this fast?


          Indirect Application and Blocking In - Another Painting Method 

Kings River Landscape - with Art Teacher Linda Wise. If you enjoy painting landscapes the second study in this class explores the true 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 to apply transparent colored layers to create optical effects

Bell Pepper - Block & Blend as it is often called is also a combination of both indirect and direct painting methods. A majority of artists combine both paint applications to create a single painting. Initial layers are often blended directly, and after this first layer has dried, indirect applications of transparent colors are glazed over opaque layers to assist in the further creation of form. This style of blending also renders a painterly style of brushwork. In this simple design, artist Susan Abdella shows how she uses a blocking in blending method to create form.


Skill -Building - Learning Outcome

  • Learn an indirect painting method
  • Learn how to create depth and dimension in a small landscape composition
  • Learn how to create luninous painting effects with color glazes.
  • Learn to apply transparent color glazes
  • Learn to control both opaque and transparent pigments
  • Learn to block in color for a painterly look
  • Learn to create form with opaque applications
  • Learn casual blending
  • Learn to create a shiny surface





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  1. Just got Core 1!!!!!

    Posted by jeannine vaillancourt on 1st May 2014

    I have been reviewing my new online adventure, I know that I will have fun going through all this info. Painting is my pleasure and this course will help me become a great painter plus, I will get a certificate after I am finished. There is lots to learn in the Core1 online course.

  2. Great course!

    Posted by Uk on 30th Jan 2013

    Best money I have ever spent. I am learning so much. Taken so many other classes and nothing compares to the range of information and the teacher support is always there. Happy, happy,happy!

  3. The best

    Posted by California artist on 26th Dec 2012

    I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to paint. This class will cover everything you need to learn. It has opened up a new world to me, I have gained so much confidence.

  4. Great Painting lessons for Beginner Artist

    Posted by Florida student on 4th Dec 2012

    I highly reccommend this course. It has the best painting lessons for the beginner artist. I had the pleasure of taking this painting course when it was first introduced and it is the best thing I ever did for my own painting advancement. It is easy to paint with the teachers 'cause they are helpful and make you feel at ease. Learning to paint is not scary when you have good teachers helping explain everything so you don't feel afraid to try. I was always afraid. Not any more.I like the way the course is set up and the painting instruction is step by step.

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