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.

What you will learn:

  • 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 matte 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 fluid gloss 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)