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Painting of stylized Alder trees with Sunset in the background Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques CEXTN12-202150 is a Course

Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques CEXTN12-202150

Jun 5 - Jul 25, 2021

$275 Enroll

Full course description

6/5-7/24/2021 (no meeting 7/3)



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-class 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.

Materials List:

Pre-Primed STRETCHED CANVAS or CANVAS BOARD 16 x 20” or larger. (If space limitations would make a smaller scale more practical, it is OK to paint smaller than the recommended dimensions.)

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

Complete pre-assembled materials kits, with all of the supplies you will need for this workshop are available for purchase from FLAX Art and Design. The kits are available for pick-up at the San Francisco FLAX store, located in Building D at Ft. Mason.  Contact Flax at:  415-530-3510 or at to arrange for pick-up, or for more information.

Instructor Bio

Linda Hope is a visual artist living and working in San Francisco, California. She is currently teaching from her studio on Hunters Point Shipyard where she has maintained a workspace since 1984. Hope has been teaching Beginning and Intermediate painting, Drawing, and Figure Drawing at City College of San Francisco in the Continuing Education Department, since 1996.

Image credit: Tim Hamilton