This six-week course is designed to introduce you to this fabulously versatile medium. Acrylics is a very forgiving paint medium so a great place to start if you are learning to paint. We will experiment with different techniques, from using it thinned down like watercolours, to using it thick impasto like oils, gradually increasing skill levels. Short exercises using different types of brushes, palette knives, sponges and additives will build up to painting larger more complex pieces. The demonstrations will reveal how to paint elements within a landscape but by the end of the course you will have the tools and knowledge to paint whatever you like.
NEXT COURSE: The next course will start on Thursday 21st September 2017 at Storrington Village Hall, RH20 4DZ. Please contact Kate if you would like to attend.
COST: £180 for 6 classes of 3 hours
Brief Course Outline
Week 1 - Introduction to acrylic paints, brushes, supports and papers, palettes and blending.
Week 2 - Acrylics like watercolours - glazing and wet-in-wet techniques; colour wheel theory and successful colour mixing.
Week 3 - Acrylics like oils - impasto, knife painting, textured mediums and mixed media.
Week 4 - Brush strokes and techniques for creating trees, grasses, foliage and fur.
Week 5 - Dynamic composition - planning your paintings for balance and interest.
Week 6 - Tips on painting water, seasonal colours and troubleshooting.
Bring with you any painting materials you may have as in the first lesson we will be covering everything you need for the course. However, if you would like to buy everything beforehand I recommend A4-size (or preferably bigger) acrylic paper or canvas boards; artist quality acrylic paints*; any texture pastes, gels or additives you may have (some will be provided); a Staywet palette (you will be shown how to make your own); a selection of synthetic and hog hair brushes (rounds, a rigger, a wide flat for washes, fan brush**); palette knives; a board or table easel to lean on; jars for water; HB or 2B pencils; eraser; kitchen towel; apron; pictures for inspiration. Please wear old clothes.
* When buying paints it is always prudent to buy from quality manufacturers as cheap, student quality paints can put you off the medium before you have even started. These include: Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Sennelier, Golden and Liquitex, amongst others. Basic colours should include a warm and cool version of each of the three primaries ie. Cadmium Red, Crimson Red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, plus Titanium White and Mars Black. You may also wish to add in some pre-mixed colours like Sap Green or Hookers Green, if you like painting landscapes or Flesh Tint if you want to paint people. Some of the earth colours like Raw Umber and Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna are also useful to have in your paintbox. I like the Cryla range from Daler-Rowney as they come out of the tube thick and buttery, can be watered down easily for glazes and there is little colour shift when they dry.
** For brushes I particularly recommend Rosemary & Co's Shiraz range. Please ask to see the catalogue and the brushes I use as they are all great quality at reasonable prices and they last!
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Student Galleries & Comments
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