Acrylic Painting

Using a core palette of colors, learn methods for painting the still-life and figure with solvent-free and easy-to-clean-up acrylic paints. Techniques like blending, layering and impasto are demonstrated, along with a variety of acrylic mediums and modifiers. Drawing experience is recommended.

This Monday class is eight weeks long to accommodate the two holidays during winter term, January 15 Martin Luther King Day and February 19th Presidents’ Day. The class will not be held on these days and there will not be a makeup for the holidays.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Familiarity with the characteristics of acrylic paints in order to effectively exploit their strengths & limitations

  • Basic acrylic painting techniques such as layering, blending, and building

  • Introduction to some of the many types of acrylic painting mediums and other materials used to modify the performance of acrylic paints

  • Fundamental color mixing and theory

Start the term with these supplies:

  • One canvas, approximately 10″ X 16″ in size*

  • Plastic oil painter’s palette, or pad of disposable palette sheet*

  • Roll of soft paper towels

  • Painting or palette knife (metal preferred)*

  • Acrylic fluid gloss medium (8 oz.)

  • Synthetic soft-haired (watercolor) brushes: flat wash: 1/2″, 1″ and 2″, round #2 and #6*

  • Paints: titanium white, ivory black*

For the rest of the term you will need:

  • Three canvases approximately 20″ X 16″, or other painting surfaces (options include heavy watercolor paper or archival board prepared with 2 coats of acrylic gesso on both sides)*

  • Optional regular gel matte medium (8 oz.)

  • Optional stiff, synthetic bristle brushes in various shapes and sizes*

  • Paints: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, lemon yellow, or hansa yellow light, cadmium yellow medium (hue), cadmium red medium (hue), (alizarin) crimson, (French) ultramarine blue, cerulean blue (hue)*

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.