Acrylic painting – introduction with Brian Smith

Ref: S1D32009

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Complete a landscape and a street scene as you learn to paint with acrylics. Experiment with the flexibility, vibrant colours, subtle tones and texture of acrylic paints.

Course Description

Learn how to work from dark to light using the pigment with thickness. You can use acrylic paint similar to a watercolour, diluted, but, on this occasion, we will use the consistency similar to oil paint. Techniques will include colour mixing, brushwork and composition. You will also learn about soft and hard edges, colour, and how to simplify the detail to create focus.

The tutor will provide you with painting references as a starting point, and help you create your responses to the subjects. You will be guided through various options as you create two paintings: one landscape and one street scene.

By the end of the course, you will have an increased confidence and knowledge of using acrylics, as well as how to tell a story in a painting.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing all materials for the course, including acrylic paints, a round brush and a flat brush, watercolour paper and brown framers tape.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • There are a good range of art materials available, including watercolour paints, papers, watercolour brushes and framers tape, should you wish to purchase any.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Brian Smith

People and Architecture are the main focus of Brian's watercolours striving to capture mood, light and atmosphere in daily life. His paintings have been exhibited at The Mall, Bankside and the RWA Bristol gaining awards. He has written articles for International Artist, The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines. He now demonstrates and tutors Watercolour nationally. In 2020 he was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

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