The Complete Drawing and Painting Online Art Course- Unit 2 ‘Painting and Mixing colors’



Unit Two: Painting and Mixing Colours
This unit can be studied anywhere in the course so long as it has been completed prior to unit
six. We usually suggest to study this unit after unit five but if you are desperate for colour, it is a
great course to do after completing unit one. You can discuss this with your certified instructor.
In this unit you will learn how to paint in acrylics even if you have never picked up a brush since
you were a child, or at all.
Week One: Gather your equipment and set up your area for painting
 Where to place your equipment on your table.
 Preparing your equipment ready for painting.
 Getting to know acrylic paints; the advantages and disadvantages.
 Introduction to the colour wheel.
 Mixing your colours to produce a colour wheel.
 How to mix your paint, load your brush and hold it in the correct position for a
high degree of control every time.
 Learn two traditional brush strokes.
 Create a traditional colour wheel.
 Learn to read the traditional colour wheel.
Week Two: Fun and simple colour theory
 Produce a unique colour swatch to learn how colours are affected by adding
black, white or both black and white.
 Three simple techniques to mix the colours you choose to create (this simple
procedure will save you years of trials and loads of dollars in wasted paint.)
 Learn six popular colour schemes.
 Paint an abstract picture using one of six colour schemes and a variety of
objects from around the home.
Week Three: Getting to know your brushes Part A
 Learn how to use your hog hair brushes to achieve a variety of traditional
strokes and techniques.
 Use your new brush techniques to paint realistic subjects.
Week Four: Getting to know your brushes Part B
 Learn how to use your medium and small round Taklon brushes for a variety
of traditional strokes and techniques.
 Use your new brush techniques to paint realistic subjects.

Weeks Five to Seven: Begin your project
 Begin the project stage: Your project this term is to use your horizontal and
vertical comparison skills to copy an outline drawing, then mix your colours
before painting a finished artwork in a hard-edge semi-abstract style. (This
provides you with an opportunity to experience painting in a stylized art form.)
 Select from one of three paintings to copy from and draw the outline onto a
canvas using the grid method.
 Mix your colours – Do your best to mix and match the colours provided for
your project.
 Begin to paint and enjoy the process.
 Optional extra realism painting – combining all six brush strokes previously
For more information visit http://www.drawspace.com/course/9/painting-and-mixing-colours or email tannistrydal@gmail.com

Special Instructions

Study from home without the pressure of showing up in traditional learning institutions at specific times. Receive high quality curriculum, helpful tips, and individual feedback from your personal instructor



Registration Details


Supply List

  • Unit 2: Paint and Mix Colours Art Supplies In addition to a computer with internet connection, printer, scanner and digital camera, you need the following supplies: Art Materials HB Pencil – Package of 2 Hard Plastic Eraser (or vinyl eraser) See through Plastic Ruler Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener Ream of A4 Bond Paper (or normal printing paper) – Buy from a Stationery Store High Quality Smooth Watercolour Paper (IT MUST BE Hot Press and at least 300gsm / 140lb or heavier) – Recommend the 9″ x 12″ pad so it will (nearly) fit on your scanner. Professional Artist Acrylic Paint – Tubes (JO SONJA’s ARTIST ACRYLICS are highly recommended) – You’ll need all of the colours listed here below… Ultramarine Blue Pthalo Blue Napthol Crimson Napthol Red Light Yellow Light Cadmium Yellow Medium Carbon Black Titanium White Dioxozine Purple Trans Magenta Burnt Umber A Square Canvas – 12″x12″ or 16″x16″ recommended (the larger one will take longer and more paint to create). Taklon Round Brushes Small round Taklon brush size 0 Medium round Taklon brush size 4 Flat Taklon brush size 8 Hog Hair Brushes – Please note: Brush Sizing numbers vary by Brand – You will need all of the following… 4 x flat Hog Hair brushes size 2 2 x flat Hog Hair brushes size 4 A wide good quality varnishing brush (3″ wide brush recommended this is optional if you wish to varnish your painting) OPTIONAL (if you choose to varnish your painting) – Acrylic Varnish (choose either gloss or matt – to protect your artwork when it is finished) From the Supermarket or General Store Paper towel (for cleaning your brushes on) Plastic plates (to use as a stay-wet palette) A flat sponge (to place on the plastic plate) Baking paper (non-waxy) named ‘Glad Bake’ in Australia (to place paint on to prevent it from drying out too fast when using small quantities of paint) 4 Iceblock trays (for mixing and storing paints – the deeper and larger the squares the better) 2 large snap lock plastic bags (to prevent the paint in your iceblock tray from drying out in between painting sessions) Wooden pop sticks or plastic paint mixer Cotton buds (or Q-tips) Cotton balls (used wet and squeezed-out to remove any larger areas of wet paint that is not where you want it to be) Things from around the Home An ice-cream container with about two inches of water in the bottom An old rag such as a face-cloth or hand towel (for wiping your wet brushes on) Newspaper to protect the surface that you are painting on Tomato sauce bottle or something similar to use to add water in slow drips to your paint mixtures. Make sure the bottle has a steady drip so you can control the amount.



Acrylic Painting