Introduction to Acrylics

$270 + Material List

Bill Colley
Course Code
Skill Level
All Levels
  1. August 23 - 25, 9AM - 4PM
Southampton Arts 201 High St Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0

A course designed for budding artists interested in learning about the use of acrylics. We will cover the essential parts of the process from panel/canvas preparation, the use of a double primary palette, painting techniques, and finishing techniques.  Throughout the course participants will follow along with directed activities each day including technique workshops every morning.  

Daily Work
Day 1
- Introductions, general housekeeping info shared
- review of goals for the course; input from participants (backgrounds-levels of experience)
- prepping panels and canvasses (sanding-gesso-underpainting)
- Palette preparation and colour choices presentation
- Getting to know your palette: colour making workshop using a limited double primary palate on a 16X20 canvas supplied by the instructor.
- afternoon/ end of day – begin a small panel painting 9X12 (Value Study).

Day 2
-Looking at art – presentation- discussion of pieces from yesterday
- completion of colour chart from day 1
- presentation; How to approach a painting heirarchy
-Afternoon/end of day- small painting  9X12 using provided image and  using a variety of techniques modeled by instructor.

Day 3
-Looking at art- presentation- discussion of pieces from day before. “What makes a great painting?”
-technique workshop- These will mainly be directed by questions from participants-
- How to finish a painting- signing, photographing, varnishing, framing options ideas
-Afternoon/end of day- begin a new piece 12X16 from a photo reference provided with support from others and instructor.


Paint: Spend only as much as your budget allows, and start with student grade paints and work up.  Golden and Liquitex are brands I use, but there are many quality products we will discuss in the course. The basic double primary palate below will be the focus of the course.  The optional colours but they are nice to have.  The liquid white and black I would put at the top of my list.
-Ultramarine Blue
-Pthalo Blue (Green Shade-not red)
-Cadmium Yellow Medium (or Cadmium Light)
-Yellow Ochre
-Cadmium Red Light (Pyrolle Red or Cadmium free are great as well)
- Quinacridone Crimson or or Alizarin Crimson
-Burnt Sienna
-Titanium White and Mars Black (We don’t use black very often but it is good to have)

Optional (but nice)
-(I much prefer Golden liquid Titanium White and Carbon Black, but either the liquid or a tube work great)
-Sap Green
-Chromium Green Oxide or Permanent Green Light
-Indian Yellow
-Quinacridone Violet
-Permanent Violet
- Primary Magenta
Bring your choice of canvasses/panels or hardboard. Canvas wrapped boards from staples are fine.  Students need to bring - two 9X12 -one 12X16
A few flat plastic or Styrofoam trays work great as bases for your palette.
Wet Palettes are the best to use, so if you have a Masterson wet palette please bring it along.  The Sta-Wet palette sheets are available at Staples or online and are highly recommended.
**Also bring containers for water and paper towels and a few paint rags…I often use my shirt!
A variety of brushes is great to have. Two Flat and filbert sizes are recommended and a fine liner or two.  We will use fairly small flats or filberts for the course ¼ inch to ½ inch Flat ended brushes (flats) and round ended brushes (filberts).Fine liners (long fine pointed ones) are usually numbered a 1 or 0.

Reference Material
References will be given for the classes.
Extra Stuff
-White Chalk.  If you have fine chalk and a holder even better.  I got a nice one at a quilting store.
-Spray bottle for water…we can also use them for paint!  (about the size to spray a plant with)
- a roll of green painters tape
- some sketching paper or your sketchbook

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