Acrylic Painting (Online, eight-session class)

This class is designed to develop the basic techniques to work with acrylic paints. Through experimentation on various mediums with different brands of acrylic paints, students will learn about the advantages and limitations of using acrylic paint and also how to overcome the common challenges. Students will also learn the differences between acrylic and oil painting.

This class will also focus on basic techniques in painting, such as, coloring, blending, mixing, layering, brush types, stroke quality, surfaces making and color preservation. Basic knowledge of drawing and sketching would be beneficial but not mandatory.

Please note: this is an 8 session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 17 and February 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • Basic techniques of acrylic painting

  • Advantages and limitations of acrylic paints

  • Application on different mediums and associated techniques

  • Blending, layering, mixing, and color preservation

  • Color theory and texture development

Supplies for the first class:

  • Titanium White (at least 8.5 oz).

    The following colors can be 2 oz:

    • Cadmium yellow medium (hue is ok)
    • Cadmium red medium (hue is ok)
    • Burnt sienna
    • Raw umber
    • Permanent Green
    • Prussian blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Mars or carbon black
  • Paper palette or plastic palette

  • Matte medium (at least 8 oz)

  • 9×12 inch pre-stretched canvases or canvas boards (four quantity) OR 9×12 inch watercolor pad

  • ½ inch, 1 inch, and 2 inch bright acrylic brushes

  • #2 and #6 round acrylic brushes

  • Blue painter’s tape

  • Palette knife

  • Container (for water and to clean brushes)

  • HB pencil

  • Ruler

Optional Supplies:

  • Apron or smock

  • Pack of vinyl gloves

  • Spray bottle