"Home For The Holidays" Online Workshop

Imagine yourself as a little kid, driving with your family for that long drive and finally making the turn down the gravel road to Grandma’s farmhouse.  You can already smell the apple pie, wafting it’s sweetness from the oven, and the smoke from the chimney invites you in from the icy cold snow. There’s always a sense of nostalgia and excitement for me every time I reminisce about the holidays.  Whether you have a similar story or something completely different, the holidays represent “Hope.”  Thinking about them usually puts a smile on my face and I can’t help but feeling like a kid again as we prepare for the events to come.

In this collection of acrylic paintings I wanted you to create some timeless pieces that you could have on display all year round, or just put out for the holiday season. You will create four different paintings, each with their own unique style and colors. The techniques you’ll learn can be translated into other paintings and you’ll find that most of the colors go well with any decor.  My hope is that as you paint them you’ll be filled with fond memories of the past or maybe imagining a brighter future of new traditions and lots of love.  Remember to give yourself a lot of grace as you are learning some new techniques and don’t forget that if you mess up, you can always paint over it.  I promise you’ll have some really fabulous paintings when we get done and I’ll be teaching you step by step along the way!  Let’s get started!

You will get:

-4 Paintings…

-Over 5 hours of video… taking you step by step for each painting

-Techniques on how to blend colors, add highlights, and create shadows to make 3D shapes

-Techniques on how to paint snow and splatter paint

-Techniques on how to paint feathers in a free and whimsical way

-Learn how to use gel medium or heavy bodied paint to create texture

-Bonus: Specialty class on mixing colors

-Practice using palette knives to create more interest in your painting

-Access to our Elida Art Studio Facebook Group & Artist community

-Feedback on your artwork and tips along the way to keep you motivated

The Investment: 

These 4 painting classes plus bonus mixing class

Early Bird SPECIAL: $79.99

Regular pricing: $109.99

Individual Classes:

1 painting plus 1 bonus classes

Early Bird SPECIAL: $29.99

Regular pricing: $49.99

Materials List "Home For The Holidays"

Conte Crayons: 



Beginner Set of 5: https://www.dickblick.com/items/05890-1029/

Canvases 11”x14” pack of 7:                                  


 Acrylic Paints: Utrecht Studio Acrylic Paints
These are a great paint with the best value for your dollar. I also love the Utrecht Artists Colors, but they are more expensive. I use these everyday and then supplement with Golden paint for that extra pop of color.

-Crimson (in other brands Alizarin Crimson) https://www.dickblick.com/items/01655-3008/
 -Medium Red (in other brands its Cadmium Red medium hue)


-Medium Yellow (in other brands its Cadmium Yellow medium hue)


-Pthalo Blue


-Ultramarine Blue


-Bright White (in other brands Titanium White) 


Bonus Colors :

-Gold: https://www.dickblick.com/items/01655-9008/

-Burnt Sienna: https://www.dickblick.com/items/01655-8048/

-Deep Black: https://www.dickblick.com/items/01655-2108/ 

Palette Paper Pad


Gloss Gel Medium



Kamar Varnish:

Non yellowing varnish:https://www.dickblick.com/items/00435-1005/

Palette Knives Starter Set of 3


Palette Knife Style 103


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Home For The Holidays

    • Welcome to Home For The Holidays

    • Downloads

  • 2

    Bonus Lesson: Color Mixing

    • Introduction to Color Mixing

    • Elida's Fab Five

    • Mixing Mixed Colors

  • 3

    Main Lesson 1: Heirloom Pumpkins

    • Welcome to Heirloom Pumpkins

    • Lesson 1: Painting the Background

    • Lesson 2: Draw Out the Pumpkins

    • Lesson 3: Fill in the Dark, Darks and Shadows

    • Lesson 4: Block in the Base Colors

    • Lesson 5: Add the Highlights and Final Touches

    • Heirloom Pumpkin Farewell

  • 4

    Main Lesson 2: Rooster

    • Welcome to the Rooster

    • Lesson 1: Painting the Background

    • Lesson 2: Drawing the Rooster

    • Lesson 3: Fill in the Darks

    • Lesson 4: Blocking in the Color

    • Lesson 5: Highlights and Finishing Details

    • Rooster Farewell

  • 5

    Main Lesson 3: The Red Truck

    • Welcome to the Red Truck

    • Lesson 1: The Background

    • Lesson 2: Draw out the Truck

    • Lesson 3: Add Shadows

    • Lesson 4: Adding Details and Snow

    • Lesson 5: Splatter Snow

    • The Red Truck Farewell

  • 6

    Main Lesson 4: Vintage Barn

    • Welcome to the Vintage Barn

    • Lesson 1: Wash in the Background

    • Lesson 2: Gel Medium/Palette Knife

    • Lesson 3: Drawing Barns

    • Lesson 4: Filling in the Barn & Final Touches

    • Vintage Barn Farewell

  • 7

    Ciao Bellas!

    • FINISH...