Course curriculum

    1. Whimsical Autumn Tree Step 1 Background

    2. Whimsical Tree Part 2 painting the Tree trunk

    3. Whimical Tree Part 3 Adding Leaves swirls and decorations

About this course

  • $10.00
  • 8 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

How to paint in Acrylic on Canvas

Virtual Art Lessons for Teens and Adults

Learn acrylic painting techniques to take your skills to the next level! In this online art class, we will start practicing on mixed media paper before working on our canvas. Practice strokes with our paint brushes is important before we paint on a canvas. Mistakes can be cleaned up much easier with acrylic on canvas than watercolor paintings on paper.

Acrylics are one of the best mediums for beginners. They are affordable and can be found everywhere. Even with the cheapest paints, you can accomplish wonderful, colorful results. Another thing that is great about acrylic paint is you can paint on canvas and paper. 

I will teach you all about the different types of paint, brushes, paper, and canvas.

Our online art school will take you from beginner step-by-step to advanced artist, all in the comfort of your own home. On-demand step-by-step real-time painting with Karen will help you have fun and create fun paintings for every season. 

Acrylic painting is one of the easiest ways to start if you want to learn to paint. They are very forgiving and water-soluble, fast drying, and water resistant when dry. What’s great about Acrylic paints is that they are water-based and easy to clean up with soap and water. 

Step 1- Looking at supplies

Step 2 - Mixing colors

Step 3 - Practicing in our mixed media paper sketchbook.

Step 4 -  Painting background on the canvas

Step 5 -  Painting the Tree

Step 6 - Finishing with swirls and leaves and squiggles to show off your personality 

Discover your potential, starting today


Karen Barge

Hi, I'm Miss Karen
Karen Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.
Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 and held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools. Karen has taught kids classes and camps, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.

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Thank You


“This class exceeded my expectations! Karen is very clear and guides you step-by-step in the creative process! It makes it easy to follow her instructions. Both my 6 year old boy and my 9 year old girl loved the crazy paint class. They keep creating more and more pictures. Great job Karen and Thank you.”

-Marco S. (Father)

“What a great lesson, what else can I say. Good and very useful examples, nice tips that you can apply right away. Enthusiastic and clearly explained. Thanks again for this lesson. My whole class loved this project.”

Jesse J. (Art Teacher)

“Mss Karen is so creative and helps us be more creative than most teachers. She helped me take a simple project like the sun line lesson and make it so much more interesting. ”

Kayla E. (Age 14)

“Mrs. Barge is my favorite teacher. I have taken every one of her summer and winter camps. She is now teaching me how to paint acrylic on canvas. My mom says we have run out of room for my art. We are going to have to buy another house.”

Ashley S. (Age 8)

“Love Karen’s enthusiasm level, and personality. Her class is done well in every way: organized, actionable, great pace. Her drawing prompts and suggestions are going to be very helpful to me. The downloadable documents were very helpful to re-enforce remembering. Thanks Karen!”

Linda Mae O.

“As a beginner artist, I truly appreciated your “ease” in your demeanor: you are very approachable, Karen, and easy to be with. Your projects have a positive aura, confident yet not intimating which allows a pleasant environment to create art! I loved your video workshops … I also loved the Christmas Paint Party”

Aly Dobek (Retired Beginner Artist)