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Painting of a sunset-lit rural landscape. Copyright Flora Sun. Continued Acrylic Painting Approaches CEXTN10-202140 is a Course

Continued Acrylic Painting Approaches CEXTN10-202140

Apr 10 - May 23, 2021

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$325 Enroll

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Saturdays, 4/10/2021-5/22/2021, 1pm-4pm, with additional Engagement Lab hour Wednesdays

Instructor: Linda Hope

Intermediate painting students continue the exploration of the fundamental acrylic techniques introduced in the Basic Techniques workshop. Students are encouraged to complete new paintings through investigations of personal imagery, complexity of surface, and applied color theory—and how these elements manifest according to the unique properties of acrylic paints and mediums. All will be encouraged to develop their own imagery by selecting personal still-life set-ups, or chosen photographic source imagery, as all paint together in real time, to approximate what it is to paint in a shared space. Students should have a good understanding of basic acrylic painting before enrolling. In-workshop demonstrations via remote camera attachment during a Zoom meeting will be provided, based on individual questions or concerns, and will include review and 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:

Art store:


  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Pthalo Blue (Plain,or Green Shade)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre or Yellow Oxide
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Dioxyzine Purple
  • and (very rarely) Pthalo Green

STRETCHED CANVAS  or CANVAS BOARD in any sizes you like


  • 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.


  • plastic palette knife, trowel shaped, with about a 4 inch blade
  • disposable palette paper OR Plastic coated Freezer paper/Freezer wrap. (Not wax coated paper and Not Bakers Parchment) 
  • spray bottle with fine mist. available at drugstores in the travel or cosmetics section
  • 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
  • optional small jar of Soft Gel Acrylic Medium, semi-gloss. It will be what you will need to create transparencies, or, to experiment with glazing.  
  • optional: plastic container with a tight fitting lid, to save leftover paint

Hardware store:

  • at least one 2” stiff white bristle brush, usually designed for housepainting
  • selection of inexpensive natural hair brushes, from 3/4 inch to up to 3 inches
  • small plastic bucket or other large container for water 
  • bar soap and paper towels (Sponges optional but useful)

Image credit: Flora Sun