Acrylics are more versatile than any other medium. Thinned acrylics are transparent and behave like watercolors. Applied thickly with modifiers added, they resemble oils, but dry quickly and are easy to clean up. Colors can be exuberant, drying time immediate, which makes it easy to move on to the next step, layer up, or simply cover up mistakes. We will explore a wide range of techniques, explore the use of brushes, various tools and surfaces. Exploration of color help us to work on shapes in the form of fruit, and a final project of a simple landscape.
All materials must be provided by the student. Supplies will not be lent out in class by the instructor or other students.
Acrylics: The Versatile Medium
Approximate cost is $75 for materials
SURFACE: I want us to work on a variety of surfaces so you can really see one of the great things about acrylics – surface adaptability
1 sheet cold pressed watercolor paper – 140lbs or poster board (22”x 30”) - (We will split it up)
1 small canvas panel (9x12) or stretched
PAINT: Any brand of Acrylics is fine with me, and you may already have a preference. Please have primaries, secondaries, burnt sienna and burnt umber, white and black, and raw sienna optional (variations on any of these colors is not problem; we will mix and adjust.) Size – 4oz. Tubes or larger Van Gogh is a reasonably priced product or liquitex value series. Also “Reeve Brand” has a 24-color kit for $12.
• Old newspapers to cover table
• Acrylic/Oil Brushes – medium size #6 isabey filbert (size example would be an inexpensive is fine, must be same size and a filbert
• Soap (any kind – to clean brushes)
• Toothbrush, water bowl, sea sponge, palette knife, several rags,
• Spray bottle of water, No.2 pencil and eraser, hairdryer,
• White soft pastel pencil
• Styrofoam plates or disposable palettes
• Masking Tape
• A simple photograph of a landscape (no buildings, no water)
Many products can be purchased mail order/ online – Cheap Joe’s, A.S.W. to name two.