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Blue, red and brown clothing hangs on a clothesline in a yellow field of bare trees Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques CEXTN27-202180 is a Course

Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques CEXTN27-202180

Sep 13 - Oct 26, 2021

$275 Enroll

Full course description

9/13-10/25/2021, Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm

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.

Painting by Flora Sun