Acrylic paint workshop with Claire Chandler

Ref: SWE33207

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About this course

This class is suitable for all levels of experience . Using a variety of approaches and techniques, we will be p ushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with acrylic paint.

Course Description

Whether you have any previous experience or not, this is a great workshop that allows for freedom of expression! It will increase your confidence in painting, encouraging you to let go of traditional visual references and subject matter, focusing on acrylic paint effects and techniques.

● A variety of structured exercises will help develop your understanding and appreciation of working in acrylic paint.

● Use a wide range of brushes and palette knives for different effects.

● Layer paint and scrape through.

● Apply paint with other household items and utensils.

● Prepare the surface.

● Consider different working methods, allowing for staining, drips and puddles.

● Add texture and pattern into paint.

● Discuss and explore the advantages and disadvantages of using acrylic paint on different supports.

● Discover a variety of paint handling techniques whilst learning about the work of contemporary painters to inspire and enrich your own explorations and discoveries.

● Develop your own visual language and improve understanding of the principles of painting through experimentation and guided independent practice.

This course is an opportunity for you to:

Recognise greater creative potential in acrylic painting.

Gain a solid understanding of the key skills required to manipulate acrylic paint.

Use a variety of associated mediums to achieve the desired flow of paint.

Explore and combine a variety of paint handling techniques.

Develop the confidence to employ a variety of painting methods and materials.

Produce a number of experimental abstract paintings in acrylic paint.

You will be encouraged to use a sketchbook to record notes, sketches, colours and ideas during the course.

The tutor will provide exercises, demonstrations and inspiration for this course.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will provide A3 cartridge paper, A3 acrylic paper, 3 wooden panels 30 x 30cm, acrylic paint in primary colours: crimson red, , cadmium red, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, Prussian blue along with titanium white per student. Acrylic mediums, texture gel, acrylic primer to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Brushes – a varied selection of synthetic acrylic brushes in a range of sizes 2 – 12
  • Large household decorating brushes
  • A jar for water
  • Pencils, rubbers, masking tape
  • Palette knives and a large palette
  • Plastic tubs or yoghurt pots for mixing paint
  • Rags/ sponges/ other mark-making tools
  • Suitable clothing for painting
  • Sketchbook

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including acrylic paints, general drawing materials, masking tape,
  • brushes (various sizes from large decorating to smaller more delicate brushes), palette knives, palettes, canvases and paper.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

General Information


Claire Chandler

Claire Chandler is a professional artist and art tutor living in south London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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