Young Artist Classes

Stippling with acrylic paint.

Stippling with acrylic paint.

Dot The Bird - Stenciling and Acrylic Painting

NO Experience required!

This class is a great start for the beginning artist and will teach the young artist how to use the stippling technique for making a whimsical bird.

Stenciling background

Stenciling background

This class starts with creating our own simple stencil. We will use this stencil in our background and draw a whimsical bird using charcoal and acrylic paint.


Our bird will come to life when we use the stippling technique, blend colors on the canvas, and create shadows using charcoal and graphite.

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In completing our little painting, we will enhance the background by applying gesso and dry brushing acrylic paint for a distressed look. 


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Who is this class for:

  • A beginning artist that wants to learn how to use acrylic paints. 
  • An established artist who wants to explore applying the stippling technique to build texture and movement. 
  • Both a beginning and an established artist that want to create a whimsical small painting on canvas. (Great for gifts.)

What will you learn:

  • How to use a limited color palette to create a small painting with the cute factor.
  • How to make your own simple stencil and use it to create a whimsical background.
  • How to use the stippling technique to create texture in your painting. 
  • How to add shadows and depth using charcoal, graphite, and a blending stump.
  • How to enhance your paintings background by dry brushing a distressed look.


Supply List: Dot the Bird

  • Canvas board or watercolor paper.
  • Brushes:
    • Flat or oval
    • Detail or small
  • Stencil: dots or bubbles - (Any brand will work)
  • Manila folder or sturdy paper. (optional - if you don't have stencils)
  • Hole puncher. (different sizes if you have them.) (optional - if you don't have stencils)
  • Vine Charcoal to draw with. (Regular writing pencil can also be used.)
  • White Gesso
  • Acrylic Paints: (Any brand or similar color can be used.)
    • Acapulco (Apple Barrel)
    • Pumpkin Orange (Apple Barrel)
    • Deep Violet (Liquitex-Basic)
    • Bright Yellow (Apple Barrel)
  • Stabilo-All pencil or watercolor pencil - black
  • Blending stump (optional)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Craft mat or other paint mixing palette
  • Water bowl