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  • Instructor – Kara Bullock
  • 6 Lessons/7+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Artist Community
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  • Course Price – $129
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Would You Like to Create Expressive Portraits and Learn How to Apply Value and Color to Your Work?  Ready to Become a Master at Mixing Color and Creating Interest in Your Artwork?


Join Kara Bullock in ACRYLIC PORTRAITS - IT'S JUST PAINT where you will dive into the world of painting portraits, while gaining a clear understanding of composition, value, and color.  Learn to choose photos that will exude emotion through your design and stroke work.  Apply your understanding of value and color to create depth and interest in your portraits.  Become a master at color and gain faith in your skills and trust that you can get whatever color you need, from a limited primary palette, over and over again.  You will leave this course with a new found confidence, trusting in your skills, and knowing that you can paint a successful portrait from beginning to end.  I can't wait to share this course with you!  I hope to see you in class!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Find inspiration in the world around you
  • Manipulate photos to create more interest
  • Demonstrate an understanding of value
  • Explore the color wheel - understand color theory
  • Paint a portrait from your own photo reference
  • Create interest and depth in your artwork
  • Experiment with a primary palette
  • Become a master at mixing paint to create the color you need


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First of all, I want you to know that this course is not about drawing the portrait, it is ALL about PAINTING THE PORTRAIT.  So, you will want to have a good understanding of drawing the portrait prior to taking this course.  You are also welcome to use a projector, or grid out your portrait, so that you can get through the drawing part quickly. 

This course will begin by discussing composition.  Our first lesson will explore choosing a good reference photo to work from.  Not all references are good options for paintings.  We will also explore how to create an interesting design/composition from a good reference.  Next, we will delve into value.  You will learn what value is, and why it is so important to understand value when creating representational art.  After that, we will paint a black and white portrait that focuses solely on value.  You will become an expert on value so that we can move into color with ease.


Once we are comfortable with value, and creating a black and white portrait, it will be time to explore color!  We will begin with some color theory, and then move into mixing paint to match our colors.  Various reference photos will be accessible for you to practice along.  Watch as I demonstrate my process of finding the perfect match using a primary palette!  I walk through this process with several photo references using a diverse group of individuals.  This will help you to become a master mixer!  You can also use these lessons to create a beautiful inspiration board to collect for and inspire future projects!

Once you build up some confidence in your color mixing skills, we will explore brushes, and loading your brush with paint.  Finally, it will be time to paint a portrait in color.  Follow along as I share all of my thoughts and process as I paint a color portrait from start to finish.  I have a lot of doubts in the beginning, but I push through, and feel good about the outcome.  I am excited to share this experience with you, and think you will feel as if you are right in the studio with me!



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Cost - $129



I'm a people watcher, a dream chaser, and a go getter!  Not long ago I was watching my first online art video and thought to myself, I CAN DO THAT!


Today, I run an online art school that offers classes to inspire your art and business.  I always thought that it was art that I loved, but I recently realized that people are my true passion, and art has been my vehicle for making connections with others all over the world!


I am happy you are here, and look forward to connecting with you and supporting your creative journey!


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of

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**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Libbi Corson (verified owner)

    I can’t tell you just how happy I am that I took this class. Color mixing is something that I struggle with and Kara took some of the mystery out of that for me. She uses a limited palette and that has helped me a lot. Her thin layer upon think layer painting approach was very informative and has helped me even with painting in oils. Kara makes everything so easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend this class!

  2. mesteve (verified owner)

    This is a very practical and clear class. Kara is very responsive in the group and answers students’ questions clearly and quickly. I appreciate her information on using all the tools at our disposal including apps and projectors and demystifying a lot of her process. I highly recommend!

  3. Francie Gannon

    I took this class a while ago but I will say I learned a lot and now, even later, I can say I love what I created in Kara’s class. The painting hangs in my great room and I still love it! I particularly enjoyed using the app and learning the zorn palette. I made up a palette of all the colors and I frequently use that palette to check colors and decide on what colors to use for the flesh tones. This is a great class and I think you too will learn a lot if you take it!

  4. Kathy Lewis

    I love all of Kara’s classes and this may be my favorite! I always experience growth when spending time learning from her. She is warm and generous and spot on in her constructive guidance. I highly recommend this class. In fact,l I hope to take this class again!

  5. Lynn ahurley

    After years of self curating many art classes, I found this class and purchased it a few years ago. It was a game changer for me. It helped me map out and solidify my voice. Kara is hands down is one of my favorite instructors. Her approach to teaching her technique is magical, organized and easy to follow. Seriously, she is the best teacher! I also love her down to earth , you do you approach.
    I’ve rewatched the class many times.
    As a matter of fact, I reviewed the class last night as I am creating another black and white portrait.
    I’m grateful she put this class together and shared her wisdom in creating amazing portraiture. I’ve recommended this class in particular to several artist friends.
    Kara ROCKS!

  6. Stephanie (verified owner)

    One of the best classes I have taken part in. My portrait painting took a big leap forward, and I have integrated many of Kara’s tips and techniques into my ongoing practice. Kara is an engaging and encouraging teacher and I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in portrait painting.

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