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The Ten Principles of Painting In Daily Sketchbook Lessons

via Skillshare


Want to be a good artist? Learn the Ten Elements of Painting in this engaging class! Simply put: we need to know these, and we'll learn by exercising them. This class teaches each principle as a quick overview, showing you how these elements are prevalent in famous paintings. We will then turn to our sketchbooks and take out our watercolor paints to put them into practice.

You'll create a collection of painted sketchbook pages that can be compiled into a finished work of art! You may choose to pace yourself through this class one principle at a time for lessons and exercises that take 10-30 minutes a day. The segments are family-friendly and allow for lots of learning and leeway to interpret each element of painting in your own style.

You will need:

  • A sketchbook (Recommend: watercolor sketchbook with 80-330 lb paper)
  • Watercolor paints or watered-down acrylic paints or gouache
  • A pencil for sketching and notes
  • Brushes: small round (Recommend: also a square/flat brush)

Note: You will watch the pieces we create come together digitally using Photoshop. This is shown to teach composition-in-action. If you'd like to learn how to scan and clean your sketchbook artwork, see this video.


  • The Ten Elements of Painting
  • Overview
  • About Color
  • Practicing Color
  • About Value
  • Practicing Value
  • About Line
  • Practicing Line
  • About Shape
  • Practicing Shape
  • About Space
  • Practicing Space
  • About Texture
  • Practicing Texture
  • About Scale
  • Practicing Scale
  • About Direction
  • Practicing Direction
  • About Time
  • Practicing Time
  • About Composition
  • Practicing Composition
  • Bonus: More Learning!
  • Quick Recap

Taught by

Amarilys Henderson

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