Course Outline - Intermediate Acrylics Painting Course - Boats

On this painting course to improve your experience with acrylic paint we are going to cover these topics.

On this intermediate acrylics painting course we are going to reinforce these topics.

1. How to prepare the canvas. What keys are used for and how to put them into the frame. How to prepare the surface of the canvas and what gesso is, how it helps. Why you might add a tint to the gesso. How to make your own gesso for a fraction of the price.

2. How to analyse the composition of a painting.

  • Do you like it? What is it that is appealing to you?
  • What would you change and why?
  • What works/ doesn’t work?
  • Where is the focal point? Are there more than one?
  • What is the mood of the painting? How is it achieved?
  • Which components would you like to keep in your version,and what do you plan to change? How?
  • Which direction does the light come from? Is It consistent?
  • How does the artist make the boats or rocks come forward or go back?

3. How to draw out your design and composition. Use painted lines to draw in the boats and rocks. How to use underpainting to bring parts of the painting forward or make it recede.

4. Learn different paint techniques, using two brushes with different colours on to blend together, use a spatula to spread pint on, smooth together colours using a fan brush. Building up from general painting to putting in details or highlights last.

Week 1:

Starter: Prepare the canvases.

Main: Analyse the subject painting. Discuss the question above.

Plan the composition with focal point/s. Draw out boats using parallel lines where necessary.

Start painting the outlines of the boats and rocks followed by the background first layer.

Homework: complete the background.

Week 2:

Starter: Analyse the painting so’s it going? What do you think needs to change?

Main: Paint in the main boats Look at resource painting. Try to get the shadows consistent and the nature of the water reflections accurate. Move onto the less important boats using the same colours and techniques. If they are further away, soften the contrast and details. Leave out details.

Homework: Adjust the colour, details or shading as necessary.

Week 3:

Starter: Analyse the painting so’s it going? What do you think needs to change?

Main: Paint in the rocks and water. Do the boats look three dimensional as in the painting? Where do the shadows fall? What colours form the cooler shadows? Which ones have more detail and are in focus?

Homework: Use a fine brush to add warm colours, highlights or details where necessary.


Starter: Analyse the painting so’s it going? What do you think needs to change? Look at the overall it the mood/ colour scheme you decided on initially? Do you wish to leave it or change it?

Main: Finalise any details or focal points. Complete a second layer in the background if necessary to bring the whole painting together in the mood you initially chose.

Review course: Which part of the painting did you like best and why?

Homework: write a review or give me feedback ….please.

Thank you! 🌹