Acrylic Painting

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 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

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 8.5oz).

    The following colors can be 2oz:

    • 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 8oz)

  • 9×12-inch canvas boards (4 quantity)

  • 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

  • #1 liner brush(1quantity) and #4 flat Acrylic Brushes (1quantity)

  • 24×30-inch canvas boards (2 quantity)

Optional Supplies:

  • Apron or smock

  • Pack of vinyl gloves

  • Spray bottle