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Acrylic Painting: Techniques

Acrylic Painting Techniques and Composition with Judith Simonian

Acrylic Painting Techniques and Composition with Judith Simonian

Cost: $520.00

8 Sundays, February 2 – March 29, skipping February 16, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Acrylic is a popular fast-drying water-soluble paint that consists of pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion.  Learn to make exciting paintings with this versatile paint medium. Specific techniques will be demonstrated by the instructor followed by exercises and projects that employ those techniques. These techniques include: impasto effects where paint sits on the surface and conveys depth and texture; dry brush techniques and transparent glazing with acrylic for layering color; and methods for blending one color into another for a smooth gradation. This class is appropriate for students at all levels of experience.

Required Materials for First Class Session: 

  • One sheet of Fabriano Studio watercolor paper 140lb. cold press 22" x 30" or similar (about $2/sheet at Jerry's)
  • 2 oz tubes or larger Acrylic Paints (Golden, Utrecht brand, Lukas, W & N, Liquitex are OK. Avoid Blick brand)
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Hookers Green
    • Hansa Yellow or Lemon Yellow
    • Diaxozine Purple
    • Burnt Seinna (or Burnt Umber, Ochre)
    • Black (any variety)
  • 5 oz tube of Titanium White (most whites are opaque, avoid zinc white)
  • Optionally: Alizarin Crimson & Quinachrinone Magenta (Golden Brand)
  • Pad of disposible paper palettes
  • Brushes 
    • 2" to 3" wide (cheap hardware store brushes)
    • 1" wide flat 
    • 1/2" to 1" wide Filbert or Bright
    • 1/2" wide round 
    • 1 small pointed round
  • Metal Palette Knife
  • lots of cloth rages
  • several large water containers
  • newspaper or plastic sheet to cover work area

Registration will start on January 8th.

Course Code: 171158

Instructor(s): Judith Simonian

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