The tutor will show you everything you need to know about how to get started with acrylics, using both still life and images as a creative resource. The course is structured with plenty of demonstrations on acrylic painting techniques and how to get the best out of your materials. Starting with observational drawing, you will learn how to handle both paint and brushes. You will experiment with colour mixing and balancing, and gain an understanding of composition. An intuitive approach through specific exercises is encouraged.
Your tutor will guide you through each stage, from drawing work to colour sketches, and these in turn will be developed into one or two finished pieces. You will try out some additives that allow the paint to be manipulated imaginatively, and discuss the different surfaces you can work on. You will start a process library, which will be demonstrated and explained by your tutor. These will give you an understanding of how brushes and other implements can be used to skilful effect. Also, in this structured programme, there is scope for you to be adventurous and develop your own methods and ideas. There’ll be plenty of one-to-one assistance as required.
At the end of this course, there will be a group review, and you will have enough knowledge and reference material to make an enthusiastic return to this wonderfully playful medium.
General course outline:
Introduction and various approaches
Drawing and its relevance
Talk on colour mixing, composition and the personal touch
Paint and brushwork techniques, including ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ effects
Other mark-making devices
Demonstrations for all of these
Paint additives: different textures from liquid to impasto
Developing sketches into paintings
Group review and keeping up the momentum
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- The College will supply some paper, gesso and acrylic paints to get you started.
What students need to bring
- Acrylic paint – suggested colours: Gamboge, Hookers (mid) Green, Scarlet Lake, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, White, Black
- Acrylic impasto medium, acrylic retarder
- Selection of brushes - suggested sizes: flat bristle brush size 30, flat bristle size 16, flat bristle size 10, nylon round sizes 10 and 6
- Sketchbook size A4 or A5
- 2 or 3 primed boards (suitable for acrylics) size A3/A4
- Good quality cartridge paper – 2 or 3 sheets about 140 gsm
- Cotton rags
- Enamel plate (or stay wet palette)
- Old credit card, cling film
- HB pencil, 6B graphite stick, plastic eraser, pencil sharpener or knife
- Palette knife, masking tape
- One large sheet of tracing paper
- Wear old clothes or bring an apron
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- We have a generously stocked craft shop, which opens daily from 8.30am-2pm. For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed with your tutor.
- A good variety of art and craft materials are available to purchase including: general drawing equipment, 6B graphite sticks, acrylic paints including Gamboge, Hookers (mid) Green, Scarlet Lake, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, White, Black, acrylic medium and retarder, a good selection of brushes including flat bristle brushes size 30, flat bristle size 16, flat bristle size 10, nylon round sizes 10 and 6, A4 and A5 sketchbooks, A3 and A4 primed boards, cartridge paper, tracing paper, palette knives, masking tape, stay wet palettes, palette knives and masking tape.
Please wear old clothes or bring an apron as acrylics won’t wash out.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.