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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
    Fully CPD/CE Certified
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    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    6864 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    Color, art and fun combine into our most joyously vibrant course yet! Our experts will teach you the art of face painting – From working with children at festivals to otherworldly Halloween looks, face painting is a transformative practice. With just paint, you can turn into a comic book vixen, mottled mermaid, or cotton candy kitten! Join us on a journey through the types of face painting: children, adults, Halloween, and special effects. As you watch our transformation videos, you’ll learn the secrets only the experts know!

    What students will do:

    • Learn about the paints, glitters, materials and prosthetics that will transform you!
    • From safety guidelines to unconventional materials, our experts will guide you on what you need – and what you don’t!
    • Watch step-by-step tutorials, learning exactly how the experts do it.
    • Learn how to deal with difficult children (and parents!)
    • Understand the correct set-up for festival face painting.
    • Learn how to create your own looks.
    • Build a daily practice, growing your confidence and skill.
    • From spooky to kooky, learn how to create and execute great face painting looks.

    What you will learn

    Our face painting experts will take you from the very basics - the types of paint, glitter, brushes, and sponges you should use - to expert subjects like using horror prosthetics! Along the way you’re going to get information on how to safely paint children, how to monetize your business, an inside look into creating a horror look, and so much more great information.


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module: 1 Introduction To Face Painting
    • Overview of Paints and Glitters
    • Overview of Tools, Kits, and Supplies
    • Designing a Look – from References to Imagination
    • Painting Techniques, Textures, and Stencils
    • Safety First: Good Practices and Guidelines
    • How to Make Money Face Painting
    Module: 2 Face Painting Designs That Kids Will Love
    • 10 Tips for Painting on Children
    • Inspiration for Children’s Face Painting Designs
    • Imagination Tutorial: Robot
    • Animal Tutorial: Butterfly
    Module: 3 Face Painting Transformations For Adults
    • Inspiration for Adult Designs and Looks
    • Character look ideas
    • Art look ideas
    • Nature look ideas
    • Supernatural and imagination look ideas
    • Being respectful
    • Animal Tutorial: Cheetah
    Module: 4 Freaky Designs For Halloween And Horror Fans
    • Conceptualizing Horror Makeup
    • Anatomy Tutorial: Skeletal Design
    • Undead Tutorial: Zombie Design
    Module: 5 Incorporating Special Effects Makeup
    • Materials and Supplies for Special Effects
    • Creating Wounds and Gore
    • Tutorial: Mouth Slashes with Stitching Design
    • Using Prosthetics
    • Teeth, Fur, and other Accessories
    • Tutorial: Vampire Design


    Who is this course for

    Anyone who would like to be a face painter will benefit from this course! With in-depth video tutorials and expert advice, you’ll be able to confidently learn about this fascinating skill.

    Career path

    Face and body painting artists have a wide and fascinating variety of careers to choose from! Some make a good living working festivals, birthday parties, and events. Others use Instagram and YouTube to build their brand, becoming sponsored by companies to work as Brand Ambassadors. Yet others work as Special Effects Artists on movie and TV sets or use their artistic vision on fashion shoots.


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation