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Nothing to do today? Crucially important things to do today? Forget about all that and just watch these acrylic painting lessons. It’ll be fun!

Acrylics are an affordable and popular medium that anyone can try. Below is a collection of awesome acrylic painting lessons for beginner-and-intermediate-level artists. You can watch the paintings unfold in real time, too, so there’s not that thing where the artist paints a blob, then the video cuts immediately to a fully detailed scene without explaining anything. Enjoy!

Frank Clarke's Introduction to Acrylics And paint a landscape.

Introduction to Acrylics


Brand new to the medium? Frank Clarke’s intro to acrylic painting is a good place to start. In this lesson he explains how to create some simple objects, and by the end paints an entire landscape, all in real time.

#lovesummerart wave on beach painting acrylic easy beginner art lesson

Beach Painting – Acrylic Art Lesson for Beginners


Here’s a lesson on seascape painting from a unique overhead perspective. There are lots of good tips on blending and layering paint to create texture and movement.

#LOVESUMMERART Pansy Garden Full-Hour Step-by-Step Acrylic Lesson

Pansy Garden Acrylic Lesson


In this tutorial video, Ginger Cook teaches you to paint a vibrant flower painting. She’s good at explaining some basics of color theory, and talking in detail about how she creates the effects as she goes.

How To Paint A Full Moon - Acrylic Painting Lesson In Real Time

How To Paint A Full Moon


Ric Nagualero paints a vibrant full moon over the course of two hours. This lesson is more meditative than instructional in that he doesn’t narrate much, but you can still learn a lot by watching.

Easy Snowman Ornaments | Acrylic Painting Tutorial | Free Live Event

Easy Snowman Ornaments


Quickly learn to paint some fun, simple Christmas decorations on miniature canvases.

Acrylic Landscape Painting Lesson - The Fire Tree by JMLisondra




Acrylic Landscape Lesson – The Fire Tree


Here’s a good lesson that demonstrates atmospheric perspective, color contrast, and more. It’s on the simpler side, as well, so anyone can give it a try.

How To Paint A Colorful Sunset With Acrylic On Canvas Complete Video Lesson Painting Class

How to Paint a Colorful Sunset


Keeping with the bright colors, here’s an acrylic painting lesson for sunset enthusiasts. There’s sort of a first-person-perspective angle to the video, which makes for interesting viewing, but he relays many good tips within the lesson.

Painting A Mug - Real-Time Acrylic Painting

Painting A Mug


Although you could use the tips from this video to paint on a mug, this is a painting of a mug, on a canvas. It’s a good little lesson on a simple still life subject, teaching you ways to represent roundness and dimension in your paintings.

Amazing landscape abstract painting by Peter Dranitsin - Shared Memories - acrylics on canvas

Abstract landscape painting


Peter Dranitsin uses a loose and fast impasto technique to create an eye-catching autumn scene with an abstract flair.

Starry Night at Stonehenge Step by Step Acrylic Painting on Canvas for Beginners

Starry Night at Stonehenge


The funky, glowing northern lights sky is really the feature of this colorful painting, which would also work great in a fantasy or sci-fi piece, if that’s more your thing.

Acrylic Landscape Painting Lesson - Winter Landscape by JM Lisondra




Chilly Winter Landscape


John Magne Lisondra doesn’t shy away from keeping this wintery piece cold, and shows what great effects you can achieve with a limited color palette.

Blending & Shading an Abstract Painting using washes, Technique

Blending & Shading an Abstract Painting


This painting video by Michael Lang is more of a demonstration than a lesson, but by watching him paint you should be able to glean some useful tips to apply to your next abstract creation.


That’s it for now


Hopefully you learned something new or at least killed a few hours watching these videos. Take a look below for some more you might like.