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Building the Scene for Painting Deeper Stories (abbreviated BTS) is a series of acrylic painting classes about how to build scenes using nature elements. Learn how to use acrylics, acrylic glazing medium, and to extend both your pigments and your range as an acrylic artist. There is something for everyone: beginners as well as intermediate and advanced painters. You do not need any previous training in acrylic painting to participate!

Your Guide


Mary Hunt

With more than 47 years in the field of art, working in many genres, Mary S. Hunt shares a wealth of knowledge and expertise with her students. Her stained and painted glass works and her paintings have been collected by museums and are also held in private collections. In addition to being an artist and instructor, Mary is a gallery owner, too. Feel free to contact Mary with questions at mshemeral@midstatesd.net

About this Course

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 - Monday, March 7, 2016

Building the Scene for Painting Deeper Stories
a series of acrylic painting classes about building scenes using nature elements

Artist Mary S. Hunt is a well-known glass artist and painter and is creating a series of acrylic painting classes called Building the Scene for Painting Deeper Stories. Each of the classes in the series will teach you how to paint different nature elements using reference photos and then you'll put them all together in a final scene that you create from your imagination.

Check out this three-and-a-half minute video which shows you scenes from class!

BTS01: Trees, Grass and Rocks
The first in the Building the Scene for Painting Deeper Stories series of acrylic painting classes

This is the first class in the series, and features trees, grass, and rocks. You'll also be introduced to working with acrylic glazing medium and how it can extend your paints (also called pigments, because they contain the colors) - which can save you money! Using acrylic glazing medium will also help you build and blend layers that add depth and visual interest to your work. You'll also learn about brushes and get practice using different brush strokes.

There are 4 main modules in class:

  • Module 1: Anatomy of a Tree
  • Module 2: Tall Grass
  • Module 3: Laying in Rock
  • Module 4: Putting it All Together

You'll have a full two weeks for each Module - plenty of time to watch the videos, ask questions (at the Popular and Premium Levels), and to practice your paintings! Module 1 begins on Monday, 12/28/2015, and each new Module is released on Mondays, two weeks apart.

There are more than 12 videos with acrylic painting instruction, to help you create your own paintings. Each video is between 5 and 20 minutes - for nearly 2 full hours of video instruction. You'll also receive a materials list and other handouts.

Here's a 15-minute video interview with Mary all about what to expect in class:

You get to choose your level of participation in class! How cool is that!??!

Special Note! The Early Bird pricing will only be in effect for a limited time!

  • BASIC LEVEL - $97 | Early Bird $77!
    This level is for you if you like to go at your own pace and aren't planning to interact much with other students or your instructor, Mary Hunt. For example, if you are an advanced acrylic painter, and are just looking for some painting prompts and nuances to increase your range, this is the best level for you.
  • MOST POPULAR LEVEL - $127 | Early Bird $97!
    This level allows you access to the special members-only Facebook Group, where you can interact with other students, share your paintings and give each other positive feedback, and where you can ask Mary questions! Being able to ask questions about what comes up for you as you practice painting can be oh-so-valuable! Highly recommended!
  • PREMIUM LEVEL - $197 | Early Bird $147!
    If you're a beginner who's truly serious about developing your acrylic painting skills, then this level is the one for you! In addition to everything in the Most Popular Level, you will also get a 1 hour, 1-on-1 session with your instructor, Mary Hunt, who will answer all your questions - privately. You'll also be able to send Mary one of your paintings for her to review and send back to you with notes on what's going well and a few tips on what you might want to focus on next.

Mary has also prepared some bonuses for EVERYONE in class! Because she rocks that way!

In addition to the 4 Modules, Mary has also included a super-special Bonus Module about sealing your paintings with varnish, the way professionals do! Using varnish will help protect your work over time - meaning that it has a higher archival quality - and it also makes your painting richer and more vibrant. This FREE BONUS includes 3 videos, totaling 20 minutes of bonus instruction! You don't want to miss this!

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Mary is so excited about being able to share this class with you and can't wait to "see" you in class!

BASIC LEVEL: Early Bird Pricing $77 via PayPal

MOST POPULAR LEVEL: Please use the PayPal button surrounded by a green box in the upper left corner of the screen for Early Bird Pricing of $97. It will get you the fastest access to the materials list and a sneak peek of our virtual classroom!

PREMIUM LEVEL: Early Bird Pricing $147 via PayPal

NOTE: We will use your PayPal email address to create your student account. If you'd like us to use a different email account, please email Mary at mshemeral@midstatesd.net with both your PayPal email address and the email address you'd like us to use for class.

Still Not Sure?
Feel free to contact Mary at mshemeral@midstatesd.net if you have questions or if you'd like more information!

If you have tried acrylics before without success, or have always wanted to use acrylic paints but didn't know where to begin - and if you are ready to incorporate nature into your range - then THIS is the acrylic painting class series for YOU.  Sign up for one of the Building the Scenes for Painting Deeper Stories classes to build your skills and expand your range with acrylics!