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(Flex) Acrylic and Watercolor Painting Course (16 Weeks)

In this flexible class, students will learn to sketch and plan a painting and how to paint animals and nature scenes in both acrylic and watercolor paint. This course has 8+ hours of painting instruction!
Amanda Bestor
16 total reviews for this teacher
New class
No live meetings
Over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 15

Aug 15 - Dec 5 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time

Thu Aug 25

Aug 25 - Dec 22 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Dec 26 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 26

Sep 26, 2022 - Jan 16, 2023 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3, 2022 - Jan 23, 2023 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Students will learn:
- Why I love painting and find it to be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
- How to set up your painting space and how acrylic and watercolor paint differs from other paints.
- How to clean up at the end of class and care for your paints and brushes.
- How to design your project by making a quick sketch on paper.
- How to begin painting and build from back to front.
- How fun sharing work on a class Padlet, and artist's outlet for showcasing skills.
The goal is to leave with a finished or almost finished Nature or Animal.
I am an experienced classroom teacher, after-school program teacher, and summer camp director. I have taught hundreds of kids how to paint.
 1 file available upon enrollment
- Watercolor paint and acrylic paint in various colors, watercolor pens, or watercolor pencils. - Paint brushes of various sizes (small-tipped brushes especially-not just the one brush that comes with watercolor paints) - Watercolor paper, a canvas, or thick painting paper - A covered workspace (Newspaper works great) - A cup of water - Paper towels and paper plates - Paper and a pencil - Small plastic container for mixing paint (A yogurt lid works well.)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will have access to a class Padlet where they can see images of and like the work of others. All posts need to be approved by me, so only appropriate posts will go up. The Padlet works like a giant bulletin board where students can see their peer's work and get more ideas about what to try on their own. They can also ask questions in the classroom and share techniques that worked. I will also use Google slides to show reference images to look at. When parents enroll in the class they will get a QR code and a video on how to post on Padlet. Padlet is free to join. I just log in with my Google account. If my videos get too large then I may use a private YouTube video link that will work for viewing the lesson as well.


Amanda Bestor
Lives in the United States
"Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness." - Bryant H. McGill
16 total reviews
21 completed classes

About Me

As an educator, I think I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I have taught in public school for 15 years and in nature centers, afterschool programs, and outdoor settings for 20. I especially enjoy the energy and curiosity of students... 
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