Learn to paint with confidence and joy from award-winning artist Jed Dorsey!


Expert Guidance

Learn the secrets and techniques of 4th-generation artist Jed Dorsey. His vibrant, light-filled paintings are collected internationally and he is a highly sought-after instructor. The founder of Acrylic University, he is devoted to helping others flourish in acrylics.

6.5 Hours of Instruction

This course includes 6 1/2 hours of expert instruction where you will always have the best seat in the house looking right over Jed's shoulder. With step-by-step instruction, hands-on exercises and six full paintings, this course is designed to maximize your success!

Acrylic University Community

Enrolling in this course also gives you access to Acrylic University's amazing community of artists. With loads of encouragement and inspiration, live Q&A's where you can ask Jed questions, painting challenges and more, you will grow by leaps and bounds!


Jed Dorsey is a fourth generation artist and grew up on Camano Island, WA. The youngest of three kids, Jed was surrounded by art as a child. His dad is a professional artist who is well known for his work in watercolor, and his mom is the third generation in a family of artists. Therefore drawing and painting were part of everyday life just like beachcombing and playing in the woods near his country home.

Jed is known for his radiant, color-filled landscapes and has won numerous awards as a plein air painter. He has been featured on HGTV and created many custom paintings for wonderful collectors over the years.
Jed currently lives on Camano Island with his wife, Renae, and daughter, Willow, who walk this journey of art with him daily. As the founder of Acrylic University, he is thrilled to invite others into the great art adventure in this medium he loves!

Acrylic 101 is designed to give you a rock-solid foundation for painting.


Module 1: Paint, Tools and Warm up

We get started with a quick overview of the essential tools you'll need to create with confidence. As well as receiving a detailed, easy-to-order list, you will also gain understanding as to why these tools are important and will save yourself years of trial and error figuring it all out yourself!

Module 2: Thumbnail Sketches - Your Roadmap to Success 

Thumbnail sketches serve as a road map for your painting.  In these lessons, you will learn how to use this simple tool to save yourself hours of time and energy later in the painting process. Would you travel somewhere you've never been without a map? Never!

Module 3: The Importance of Values 

Understanding the importance of values is absolutely key to creating beautiful paintings. In these lessons, you will learn how to observe values in real life and then how to paint values correctly. This lesson is critical for your growth as an artist, and practical exercises will help you apply your knowledge.

Module 4: Introduction to Color

With these clearly explained lessons, you will begin grasping ideas that often can be confusing or overwhelming. You will learn about opaque and transparent colors, essential color mixing and color as value. These concepts will be absolutely vital for your growth and confidence.

Module 5: Mini Practice Paintings

"Paint small, paint often." These are helpful words, and in these lessons, you will get to put them into practice. This is an opportunity to work through the process you've learned and create three beautiful, smaller paintings before you paint on the next size of canvas. Paint a mountain hideaway, a bouquet of roses, and a cozy cabin scene.

Module 6: Full-Size Practice Paintings

Here you will be painting three gorgeous scenes on slightly larger canvases, and they are three of Jed's favorite places: the crossing onto his island at sunset, one of his favorite local beaches and a forest from his childhood! He shares stories from his life and encouragement along the way.

But that's not all! Act now and you'll also receive:

BONUS 1: A Proven Process for Creating Beautiful Paintings

Also included in this course, Jed teaches you his five-step framework for creating beautiful paintings every single time.

BONUS 2: The AU Community!

You will be grow to be your best self with the help of the friends around you through our vibrant member community. Make connections with people from all over the world, gain greater insights from others, and stride forward with the mutual encouragement of doing something with others. You will ALWAYS HAVE AN ARTIST FRIEND now that you're part of Acrylic University.

BONUS 3: Weekly LIVE Q&A

Now you won't have to try to figure it out by yourself. We are going to let you into our private, LIVE Question & Answer Time - it's like having a professional coach accessible whenever you need help! Let Jed's 20+ years of painting experience guide you through whatever obstacles you face creatively. You can ask any question, and he will give his expert opinion on any range of creative topics - from the best supplies to various techniques to how to make a living in art.

What Other Students Are Saying:

"I really recommend this course if you are wanting
to start Acrylic Painting but don't know where to start. Jed will explain everything step by
step in each video and you will start painting in no time! Thanks so much Jed for creating
these courses and I know they will help many!” Marie Santos

ACRYLIC 101: The Foundations of Painting



6.5 hours of expert instruction: Learn the fundamentals of painting with Acrylic paints. Receive solid instruction and encouragement from Jed Dorsey.

Also Included:

Members-Only AU Member Community


45-Day Total Confidence Money Back Guarantee

Let us take the risk on this. If you're not completely satisfied, we will give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are lots of mediums to paint with. The three most popular mediums are oil, watercolor and acrylics. But there are SO many reason to paint with acrylics!

  1. Water Cleanup: Acrylic paints clean up easily with water. You will never need to expose yourself or others to special solvents or thinners when you are using acrylic paints.
  2. Fast Drying:I love the fact that I can touch my paintings after a short time and not worry about getting wet paint on myself or what's around me. This makes it much easier to store and transport paintings without all the headache you'd have if they were still wet. Also, when I want to make a change to a painting I can do it quickly.
  3. Super Versatile:Acrylic paints can be applied to almost any surface because they adhere so well. They can also be applied very thin and transparent or very thick and impasto-like without having to worry about rules like "thick over thin" because of their quick drying properties. Acrylic paintings are easy to frame because they don't need to be protected with glass.
  4. Cost Effective:Acrylic paints are fairly inexpensive when compared to other mediums. This means that you can paint and practice with freedom without being too concerned about cost.
  5. Travel Easily:Because they are non-toxic and don't require fancy thinners, you can travel the world with your acrylic paints and never worry about boarding a plane with hazardous materials.


We are happy to say we've had many people with little to no experience come through our instruction! We will walk you through each step of the painting process, starting with what supplies you want to have and why. You will be able to see paintings come together from start to finish and never miss anything because you can pause, stop & rewind as much as you need!

Absolutely, yes! 

Not only will you be able to be refreshed in the foundational practices that are of great help to every artist, whether beginner or advanced, but you will get an insider look at key the principles Jed has discovered through his 20 plus years of working with acrylics. 

You will be gaining unlimited access to this course for life. Plus, you will be able to become part of the Acrylic University community with all of its perks!


We give you access to a detailed supply list that will give you all the information you need. You will also have access to videos with helpful information about which supplies to buy and an link to an online art supply store where everything can be purchased. You can start with the supplies you have at home if you want and that’s perfectly fine. Below is a general list of the supplies that are needed to get started:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Palette
  • Canvases
  • Brushes
  • Sketchbook and pencils
  • Value Finder

You do not need to be a "tech wizard" to participate in our courses. We built Acrylic University on a very user-friendly platform that anyone can navigate. And if you ever have questions or issues, you can contact us at [email protected]. We are here to help.

Yes, absolutely!

If you cancel your subscription within 45 days, we will refund all of your money - no questions asked. We believe strongly in what we do and we want you to be thoroughly satisfied.


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