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Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques CEXTN09-202140

Jan 30 - Mar 14, 2021

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Saturdays, 1/30/2021-3/20/2021 (no meeting 2/13), 1pm-4pm, with additional Engagement Lab hour Wednesdays

Instructor Linda Hope

This beginner’s workshop is a structured introduction to painting with acrylic paints. Several fundamental techniques will be introduced with respect to the unique properties of acrylic paints and mediums, including the smooth blend, broken brushstroke/broken color, optical blending and using glazes to create complex color. In-workshop demonstrations via remote camera attachment during a Zoom meeting will be provided, based on individual questions or concerns, and will include an introduction to basic paint handling processes; compositional possibilities; and applied color theory. In addition to the Saturday virtual Zoom meeting where everyone paints in real time, there will be virtual office hours held mid-week, where students can drop in to ask specific questions, or for guidance as they continue asynchronous painting. Please join the first Zoom meeting prepared to start painting.

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. 

Materials List:

Pre-Primed STRETCHED CANVAS  or  CANVAS BOARD  16 x 20” or larger

PAINTS (2 ounce tubes (except for white))

For Week 1 you only need these colors:

  • Mars or Ivory Black
  • Titanium White (5 oz. tube recommended)


 For Week 3 add the following colors:

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Blue

For Week 5 add the following colors:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre
  • Dioxyzine Purple
  • Raw Umber


  • packaged set of Taklon brushes to include a FLAT brush, a FILBERT brush, and a ROUND brush.  FLAT brush is at least ¾” across the ferrule, that is, the metal part that holds the bristles.
  • optional 1” across Filbert shaped brush with white natural bristles.
  • a selection of inexpensive natural hair paint brushes, from 3/4 inch up to 2 inches (very inexpensive and available at hardware stores)


  • plastic palette knife, trowel shaped, with about a 4 inch blade
  • spray bottle with fine mist (find this in drugstores, in the travel or cosmetics section
  • small plastic bucket or other large container for water
  • small jar of Soft Gel Acrylic Medium, semi-gloss. (needed by Week 5 of this workshop)  It will be what you will need to create transparencies, for the last painting lesson, which is glazing)
  • plastic container with a tight fitting lid, to save leftover paint
  • disposable palette paper OR Plastic coated Freezer paper/Freezer wrap. (Not wax coated paper and Not Bakers Parchment)
  • bar soap and paper towels (sponges optional but useful)
  • OPTIONAL: If you continue painting at home, you may want to purchase a small tabletop easel, available at art supply stores and some office supply stores

Image credit: Megan McMahon