Online Class: Face Painting 101

This course provides detailed instructions for face painting and includes application techniques that you can use, and outlines of patterns so that you can start to paint faces like you have been doing it for years.

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Course Description

Mastering the Canvas of Faces: The Comprehensive Guide to Face Painting

Unveil the enchanting world of face painting, an art form that goes beyond mere colors and designs, transcending into expressions, emotions, and storytelling. Whether it's the vivid memories of Halloween night or the vibrant energy of school carnivals, face painting has always held a unique space in our hearts. However, this art form isn't merely a recent cultural phenomenon or just a craft reserved for festive occasions. Delve deeper and discover the myriad of opportunities and avenues it presents.

Welcome to a course meticulously crafted not just to teach but to inspire. Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to refine your existing skills, our curriculum is tailored to offer a holistic learning experience.

  • Historical Palette: Embark on a captivating journey tracing the rich history and evolution of face painting.
  • Craft Your Masterpiece: Acquire the skills to reproduce almost any design you envisage. From whimsical patterns to intricate tribal art, we've got you covered.
  • Toolbox Essentials: A craftsman is only as good as their tools. Learn about the quintessential tools and paints, and master the techniques to wield them effectively.
  • Versatility in Every Stroke: Whether it's mimicking the fierce aura of a wild animal, crafting daunting scary faces, or manifesting ethereal designs, our course promises versatility.
  • A Detailed Blueprint: Benefit from explicit outlines of six emblematic designs. By the course's culmination, you'll recreate these with effortless finesse.
  • Beyond the Full Face: Dive into the nuanced art of cheek painting, a subtle yet impactful form of expression.
  • Painting with Purpose: Unravel ways to monetize your newfound skill. Turn your passion into a profitable venture.

Our commitment is not just to impart knowledge but to instill confidence. We'll guide you through every brushstroke, every color blend, and every technique, ensuring that as you begin your face painting journey, you're already showcasing the prowess of a seasoned artist.

Join us and transform faces into canvases, and designs into tales. Let's make every face you paint, a story you narrate. Your gateway to becoming a face painting maestro awaits!

Course Motivation

Artistic Ability and Face Painting

The first thing that is important to talk about in regards to face painting is artistic ability.   Many people mistakenly believe that in order to be extremely good at painting faces that you must also be an artist.   They believe you must be able to draw or paint well, or have some other artistic talent to be good at painting faces.  

In fact, many of our students sign up for this course hoping that we can teach them to paint the most complex designs.   They hope we'll take them from drawing stick figures to painting intricate butterfly wings on little girls' faces.  

The truth is that everyone has artistic ability, but the level of ability varies from person to person.  The level of artistic ability that you personally possess is based on how much instruction you've had and how much you practice.   While it's true that not all of us are Rembrandts capable of creating beautiful masterpieces that will hang in museums for years to come, it's also true that almost any of us can be taught to create art at such a level that our drawings, paintings, or whatever we create will be recognizable to the human eye.   

That said, even if you believe you have very little artistic ability and are simply taking this course to learn how to paint your kids' faces for Halloween or school plays, rest assured that you're going to learn how to create faces that you never imagined you ever could.    This course will teach you the very basics.  If you can draw a stick figure, you can do it.   From there, we'll expand your skills so you can begin painting just about any face any way that you want to.
For the New Artist
If you don't regularly sketch, draw, or paint, then there's something very simple that you can do to prepare for the rest of this course – and to excel with it.   Look at the things around you.   Take a look at animal faces, bugs, and other things you might want to incorporate into your face painting.   As you look at them, take a look at the basic shapes that comprise these things.    If you look at a subject (such as a cat face) as a whole, the task of painting it on someone's face can seem daunting.   However, if you start to look at it as a combination of shapes, it gets easier to imagine recreating it yourself.
Everything you see, everything you might want to paint on someone's face, is comprised of shapes, as well as lines.  You will learn that, when you start to paint someone's face, you will draw those shapes and lines first, then fill them in with paint to make them life-like. 


For Those Who Already Sketch, Draw, Or Paint

If you already enjoy sketching, drawing, or painting on paper as a hobby, then face painting will still be a huge transition for you.   The drawing part may come easier since you already have an eye for the lines and shapes, but you will still have to adjust to using the face as a canvas and how to apply paint to skin.  

Start studying human faces.   Look at the bone structure, the facial profiles, and start imagining how you'd take a lion's face and paint it on that of a child.  What about a butterfly?   On the human face, your paintings can be as simple or as intricate as you want them to be.   In this course, we'll teach you how to plan them out just as you would scenery on paper. 

What You will Need to Complete This Course

There are dozens of different types of supplies that you can buy for face painting.  In fact, it can get rather expensive.   Later in this course, we'll talk about face painting as a source of profit at fairs and carnivals and what you will need to get set up as a professional face painter.   However, for now, let's talk about the supplies you will need to get through this course.

Each lesson of the course contains information pertinent to face painting. In this course, we'll talk about techniques and, in others, we'll actually teach you some faces that you can create by walking you through them step-by-step.   At the end of each lesson, there will be a lesson exercise that will quiz you on the information that was presented to you in that lesson.   You will need to complete these exercises to pass the course.

However, in addition, we'll also present a lesson assignment at the end of lessons.   These assignments are hands-on exercises to help reinforce what you learn.    For these, you will need some of the supplies we talk about in lesson three.  These supplies will be listed at the beginning of the assignment.  We encourage you to complete these assignments.   A few will be mandatory to complete the course so we can be sure you are successfully learning the material.  However, most will be optional.   This will also be noted at the beginning of the assignment.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction

Face painting, simply defined, is the act of applying cosmetic paint to a person's face for entertainment, theatrical, or even symbolical reasons. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Face Painting; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Face Painting in History and Today

Since ancient times, face painting has been used for ceremonious, hunting, religious, battle, and military reasons. Additional lesson topics: A History of Face Painting 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Face Painting in History and Today

Lesson 3: Face Painting Supplies

There are lots of different types of paints, brushes, and other accessories that you can buy for face painting. Additional lesson topics: 5 Things to Know Before Getting Started 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Face Painting Supplies

Lesson 4: Becoming a Face Painting Artist

For the purpose of this lesson, we are going to assume that you've never painted a face before or, if you have, that you've only done the most amateur of face painting designs on your children for Halloween. Additional lesson topics: How to Learn Face Painting 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Becoming a Face Painting Artist

Lesson 5: Safety Tips for Face Painting

The last thing you want is to cause anyone skin or health problems because of the design you've painted on their face. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Safety Tips for Face Painting

Lesson 6: Preparing the Painter and the Face for Painting

As a face painter, the face is your canvas. If you were using paper, you wouldn't want to use sandpaper or paper that's been soaked by the rain. Additional lesson topics: Choosing the Right Children's Designs; Preparation 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Preparing the Painter and the Face for Painting

Lesson 7: Planning Your Designs

When you're first starting out, it's helpful to always sketch your designs on paper before you ever apply them to the face. Additional lesson topics: Animal Face Designs; Photo Gallery 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Face Painting Designs
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Planning Your Designs

Lesson 8: How to Select and Use Brushes and Sponges

In this lesson we are going to teach you how to select a brush for a design, how to use sponges, and teach you to paint faces. Additional lesson topics: Brushes 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: How to Select and Use Brushes and Sponges

Lesson 9: Basic Designs: Animals and Bugs

As you start out painting faces, you want to choose designs with simple lines and shapes. Some designs are very intricate. Additional lesson topics: Animal Techniques; Ladybug Tutorial 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Basic Designs: Animals and Bugs

Lesson 10: More Designs: Clowns and Scary Faces

Let's continue with more basic designs that you can quickly and easily learn to paint. Additional lesson topics: Face Painting a Clown 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: More Designs: Clowns and Scary Faces

Lesson 11: Tribal Designs and Cheek Painting

Tribal designs are getting more and more popular with young people and adults. You see more of them as tattoos, and you are also seeing more requests for tribal designs at face painting booths. Additional lesson topics: Cheek Art: Flower 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Tribal Designs and Cheek Painting

Lesson 12: Face Painting as a Career

There are plenty of face painters out there who make their living creating designs on people's faces. Additional lesson topics: Dinosaur Face Painting; Face Painting a Skull 158 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Face Painting Career; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment B
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Face Painting as a Career
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize face painting in history and today.
  • Identify face painting supplies.
  • Summarize safety tips for face painting.
  • Prepare the painter and the face for painting.
  • Plan your design and select the proper brushers and sponges.
  • Identify and use basic designs in face painting.
  • Demonstrate tribal designs and cheek painting.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Face Painting 101
Course Number: 8900272
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,388 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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