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Still life painting of blue bowl and yellow fruit on top of red cloth. Image copyright Aleeta Van Runkle Acrylic Painting I: An Introduction CEXTN31-202240 is a Course

Acrylic Painting I: An Introduction CEXTN31-202240

Feb 10 - Mar 4, 2022

$160 Enroll

Full course description

Thursday, 2/10/2022-3/3/2022, 6:30pm-9:30m

Instructor: Linda Hope

Using simple still life setups with common objects, learn best practices for working in a home studio, and basic processes and paint handling techniques specific to the Acrylic Paint Medium. Topics covered will include: a basic palette; paint consistency; the smooth blend; brush shape and resultant strokes; and an introduction to color theory. While this class is ideal for very beginning acrylic painters, all levels are welcome! The last half hour of each session will be optional and reserved for question and answer with the instructor and individual studio practice.

Workshops are taught online through Zoom and Canvas. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. A device to capture images (digital camera, smart phone, or tablet, etc.) is helpful, but not required.

Image credit: Aleeta Van Runkle


STRETCHED CANVAS or CANVAS BOARD 11 x 14” or 16 x 20” We will need two of these during the workshop.

PAINTS: (2 oz. tubes unless otherwise indicated)

Titanium White (5 oz. tube recommended); Mars or Ivory Black; Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Light; Cadmium Yellow Medium; Ultramarine Blue; Pthalo Blue (Plain or “Green Shade")


• Set of Taklon brushes to include a FLAT brush, a FILBERT brush, and a ROUND brush. Get a set where the FILBERT and the FLAT brushes are at least ¾” across. Try to get a set with lots of sizes and shapes.

• Cheap Hardware Store type natural bristle brushes: 1"; 2"; 2.5"–3"

• If you can afford it get a couple of large brushes with white natural bristles, Filbert and Round shapes OR a white bristle brush set


• Plastic Palette knife, trowel shaped, with about a 4 inch blade.

• Spray bottle. Get one that will produce a fine mist, not the garden variety. The misters are available at cosmetic stores, or in the cosmetic sections at department and drug stores. Pump hairspray bottles work well.

• Disposable palette OR Plastic-coated Freezer Paper/Freezer Wrap or White Ceramic Plate

• Large Container for water (small plastic buckets or yogurt containers work well); Bar Soap; Paper Towels


• Container with tight-fitting lid to store your paint in between painting sessions.

• It might be helpful eventually to get a small tabletop easel, as painting with your surface vertically is often easier than working flat. I have seen presentation easels on-line at Office Depot type stores and at art supply stores like Blick’s for $15 - $20.