Posted 20 Mar 2014
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will premiere "Paint With Kevin," a new series that invites viewers to expand their oil painting skills, on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m.
"Paint With Kevin" offers painting hobbyists step-by-step instructions for creating "wet-on-wet" oil paint landscapes and seascapes. In each 30-minute episode, host Kevin Hill provides instruction in a calm, reassuring manner and coaches viewers as they expand their painting skills.
"From the moment I first saw Kevin Hill's paintings, I was stunned," AETN Director of Production Carole Adornetto said. "His resemblance – in appearance and manner – to PBS icon Bob Ross is astonishing, but, at the same time, Kevin brings a unique style to this delightfully entertaining and instructional program.
"I know our viewers will love it."
Using an array of vibrant colors and varied painting techniques, audiences learn to create beautiful art as they progress from a blank canvas to a completed painting. Lessons in the 13-episode season are suitable for artists of all skill levels and will supply participants with detailed information on subjects including applications, blending, creating perspective, composition and color mixing.
Host Kevin Hill is a California-based artist, art instructor, popular YouTube host and online gallery owner who learned to paint at age 15 by watching PBS programming. Now 18, Hill specializes in the "wet-on-wet" oil painting technique and prefers the style because it allows artists of all skill levels to produce a complete work in a short time period.
"I have been incredibly excited by the entire process of creating a new art program for AETN," Hill said. "From filming to final editing, it has been an amazing experience.
"My hope is that 'Paint With Kevin' will excite a new generation of painters, in addition to inspiring long-term artists."
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).