Introduction to Acrylic Painting: ONLINE


Acrylic is the exciting and versatile fast-drying water soluble paint
that consists of pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. It is
often referred to as the water soluble alternative to oil paint where
similar effects can be achieved. This medium is fast becoming the
preferred paint medium by professional artists who are using it alone or
as underpainting in combination with oil paint.

Specific techniques will be demonstrated by the instructor followed
by exercises and painting projects that employ those techniques. You
will learn how to create impasto effects where paint sits on surface and
has actual depth and texture; learn dry brush techniques as well as
transparent glazing with acrylic medium for layering color; develop
methods for blending one color into another in a smooth gradation. Basic
color theories of mixing and contrasting colors will be reviewed and
applied. Learn how to decipher the label on Acrylic paint tubes and
which colors you need to buy and which you can mix to get a fully
functional color palette. Discover what brushes and other tools will
help you make the kind of marks and strokes you desire.

Beginner to more advanced students are welcome and will be challenged to advance to the next level of their development.

As this class is conducted online with ZOOM you will need to prepare an area to work at home with protective plastic cloth 

Required Materials: 

  • Fabriano Studio water color paper 140 lb. cold press 22”x30”  (or something comparable in weight and size)
  • ACRYLIC PAINTS- 5 oz. tubes 
  • Utrecht brand  - Very good, Golden - a little better but more
    expensive, Other good brands are Lukas, Winsor & Newton,
    Liquitex, avoid Blick’s own brand (inferior) 
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalocyanine (phthalo) Blue 
  • Hookers Green  
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium  or  other golden yellow
  • Hansa Yellow   or   other lemon yellow
  • Cadmium Red Hue and/or Naphthol Crimson
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Burnt Sienna    (also look at Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber, and Ochre and chose one you like)
  • Titanium White  (most opaque,  avoid  Zinc) - large tube 5 oz.
  • Black (many varieties; all are fine)
  • Pad of disposable Paper Palettes 
  • BRUSHES- synthetic or blends are fine. Make sure they are labeled for ACRYLiC Paint
  • 2-3 “ wide cheap hardware store brush 
  • 1” wide flat brush
  • 1/2 to 1” wide Filbert  or Bright
  • 1/2” wide round brush
  • 1 small pointed round 
  • Metal Palette knife (chose a shape that interests you)
  • lots of Cloth rags
  • Several large water containers
  • Newspaper or plastic sheet to cover work area


  • Alizarin Crimson - optional
  • Quinachridone Magenta (Golden brand)

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