Online Class: Face Painting 101

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Course Description

Face painting, simply defined, is the act of applying cosmetic paint to a person's face for entertainment, theatrical, or even symbolic reasons.   We see examples of face painting at Halloween or at school carnivals and other charity functions where face painter's set up booths.

However, face painting is not a trend that's come about in recent years, as you will soon learn.   It's also not a craft that's limited to Halloween or to entertain small children.   Once you learn the art of face painting, you will be surprised at the number of ways you can put your skill to use, either for fun or profit.

This course is designed to introduce someone who's never painted a face before to this intriguing art.   It also goes one step further and provides detailed instructions for getting started, application techniques that you can use, and outlines of patterns so that you can start to paint faces like you've been doing it for years.  

You'll learn:

  1. The history of face painting
  2. How to learn to paint nearly any design you want
  3. The tools you'll need to be a successful face painter
  4. The types of paint you can use
  5. How to use the brushes and sponges to create beautiful designs
  6. How to create tribal art, animal faces, scary faces, and more
  7. The steps to create 6 beautiful designs--you'll be a pro at creating these by the end of the course!
  8. All about cheek painting
  9. How to make money from face painting
At the successful completion of this course, you'll have the knowledge you need to be able to paint almost any design that you want.  Don't worry! We will walk you through every step and teach you everything you need to know so that by the time you start painting designs, you're well on your way to being a pro!

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
  • Take Poll: Face Painting
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: A History of Face Painting
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Video: 5 Things to Know Before Getting Started
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: How to Learn Face Painting
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: 10 Safety Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing the Right Children's Designs; Preparation
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Animal Face Designs; Photo Gallery
  • Take Poll: Face Painting Designs
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Brushes
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Animal Techniques
  • Review Video: Ladybug Tutorial
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Video: Face Painting a Clown
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Video: Cheek Art: Flower
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: 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. 158 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Dinosaur Face Painting; Face Painting a Skull
  • Take Poll: Face Painting Career
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment B
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Face Painting as a Career
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Face Painting 101
Course Number: 8900272
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,277 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Hobby/Enthusiast (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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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