Fancy yourself a would-be Picasso, Pollock or O’Keefe? Love the combination of colors, textures and patterns on canvas but don’t know where to start? Say hello to our brand spankin’ new online class: Intro to Acrylic Painting, presented by the oh-so-colorful Courtney Pilgrim of My Friend Court.

Art teacher by day and professional painter by night, Court’s got tons of tips for creating textures and patterns using acrylic paint.

In under an hour, you’ll not only have a unique abstract painting, but you’ll have the skills to:

  • Set up a color palette
  • Blend beautiful color combinations (without letting your paint turn to mud!)
  • Apply base colors to a stretched canvas
  • Use various painting techniques to build depth + texture to your abstract artwork

Plus, Courtney will give you a brush-up on color theory. She’s provided a printable color wheel worksheet (available after class purchase) that’ll help you dream up your color combinations for your next masterpiece.


And because we’re all about making your journey through creativity as easy as pie, we’ve gathered all of the acrylic painting essentials you need to get started in one handy dandy kit.

If you snag our Acrylic Painting Kit ($39) along with the class, you get 10% off!

So what are you waiting for? Time to start painting! :) And if you want to learn more about this awesome gal, here are four more ways to get your fix:

READ: Read Courtney’s Meet the Maker profile to learn more about My Friend Court.

FOLLOW: Follow Court and her DIY adventures on Instagram @myfriendcourt.

DOWNLOAD: Check out the prettiest painterly desktop and smartphone wallpapers ever, designed for Y-O-U by Courtney Pilgrim.

WANDER: Take a colorful walk with Courtney and me as we explore some of my favorite places in the Divisadero Corridor, Alamo Square Park and Hayes Valley.

What other online classes would you like to see on Brit + Co? Let us know in the comments below.