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Acrylic Painting of a Barn Owl by Cynthia Rickert Intermediate Acrylic Painting Approaches CEXTN25-202180 is a Course

Intermediate Acrylic Painting Approaches CEXTN25-202180

Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2021

$275 Enroll

Full course description

Mondays, 11/1-12/13/2021, 6:30-9:30pm

Instructor Linda Hope

This workshop is designed for students who have some experience in acrylic painting.  Students will paint together in real time, to approximate what it is to paint in a shared space. Students will determine their own still life set ups and/or photographic source material as the subject matter, as all explore the application of various painting methods. In-class 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. 

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: Cynthia Rickert, student of Linda Hope. 

The list below is provided as a guideline to materials you may want to have on hand. Most of you have already been painting for a while, so this list need not be followed to the letter, nor strictly adhered to. I will be taking questions during our first Zoom meeting about best studio practices for painting at home. What follows is fairly basic, but I would recommend you pay attention mostly to the colors.



PAINTS: (2 oz. tubes unless otherwise indicated)

Titanium White (5 oz. tube recommended); Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Light; Cadmium Yellow Medium; Ultramarine Blue; Pthalo Blue (Plain or “Green Shade”); Burnt Sienna; Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre; Dioxyzine Purple; Raw Umber


• 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.

• 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

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


• Small Jar of Soft Gel Acrylic Medium, semi-gloss. This is optional, but great to have on hand. It will be what you will need to create transparencies, or, to experiment with glazing.

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

• It might be helpful eventually to get a small table top 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.