Acrylic Bag of Tricks

A female student tilts an acrylic wash she has applied with a spray bottle.

A student tilts an acrylic wash she has applied with a spray bottle.

Increase your expressive power and expand your painting repertoire. Enhance the work you already do! Painting experience helps, but is not required to enjoy this class that runs from Jan to March. How can such a friendly and versatile medium be so misunderstood? Acrylic is easy to use, incredibly versatile, and devoid of noxious fumes. The class runs from Jan to March and will be taught at the Richmond Art Center. Exact dates coming soon!

Goals

  • Learn which additives to use for what effects
  • Choose the best acrylic materials for the task at hand
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of the medium
  • Use acrylics to mimic oils

Format
Learn a new acrylic “trick” every week through short and playful experiences designed to expand your knowledge of acrylic additives. You will be able to receive instruction and create something during every class.  Instead of lectures, we engage in a series of short exercises coupled with explanations of the acrylic technique we’ll be learning for each session.

During the first hour, the focus will be on exploring various acrylic pigment and additive qualities though a series of fun exercises so you can be aware of the medium’s possibilities. We will go through the steps in the development of an acrylic piece and you will be able to receive as much or as little support as you specify. Click here for a list of materials for the class.

Unlike other classes I teach, this class will be taught at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave, in Richmond. Register early! Classes fill up fast. This outline will give you a sense of what we’ll cover:

Session 1 Jan 11
Introductions, purpose and goals for the class, survey of acrylic additives. Good acrylic colors. How to prime cardboard.

Session 2 Jan 18
Textures 101: “Fresco,” crackelure, impasto. The palette knife.

No class on January 25

Session 3 Feb 1
Glazing to build gorgeous color

Session 4 Feb 8
Texture transfers with gel plates

Session 5 Feb 15
Acrylic-based “inks”

Session 6 Feb 22
Additives to use in clean and “dirty” pours

Session 7 Mar 1
Direct and indirect image transfers: Choosing the best images and additives for the job.

Session 8 Mar 8
Applying direct and indirect images to a background.

Session 9 Mar 15
Time to finish projects and celebration