Beginners Acrylic Painting II

$160 + Material List

Bill Colley
Course Code
Skill Level
All Levels
  1. September 21, 6:30PM - 9PM
  2. September 28, 6:30PM - 9PM
  3. October 5, 6:30PM - 9PM
  4. October 12, 6:30PM - 9PM
Southampton Arts 201 High St Southampton, ON Canada N0H 2L0

In this four evening course, students will experiment with a variety of techniques using Acrylics in a fun relaxed atmosphere.  Participants will be making colour and value studies and using them to help create paintings with demonstrations and guidance from the instructor.

Week 1: Introduction to Acrylics; Introductions- review of basic materials and wish lists. Create a colour chart with 3 colours-
complete a small painting with those colours- from a photo reference provided
Week 2: Review double primary palate and colour wheel. Create a colour chart from 3 colours- matching the values in a photo
reference. Complete small painting using the created colours and values using the same photo reference following along with
Week 3- Twenty minute warm up painting on 8X10- Review colour charts and start an Open Painting of your choice, guided by your
instructor (or a photo reference provided).
Week 4: Finish the Open Painting of your choice, guided by your instructor.

Material List

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 Light (or Hansa Yellow)
-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 will need three or four 8X10 canvases or panels for the warm up activities each
class and two larger surfaces for days three and four. 9X12 or 16X20 would be the suggested
sizes. The instructor will provide sheets to create colour charts on.

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 first two classes, and I can also help with choices for the
second two classes as well, or please bring in photo references of something you would like to
paint. Ipads are great for artists to access their photos and have great screens now to zoom in
and crop photos…and you can clean the paint off them pretty easily!

Extra Stuff
-White Chalk. If you have fine chalk and a holder even better. I got a nice one at a quilting
-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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