This course is ideal for those people new to acrylics and those with some experience.
It will cover the basic tenets of acrylics; the materiality of the paint, the support (board, canvas, paper or other) and the tools required to create different effects.
Throughout the course there will be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques.
On this course, you will:
- complete colour mixing exercises
- apply paint through traditional methods using a range of brushes
- move on to more inventive mark-making with palette knives (to create impasto effects), as well as dripping and pouring diluted paint.
Throughout the course you are encouraged to assemble images and identify your own potential subject matter, and you will find it beneficial to complete relevant homework and reflect on your approach to acrylics between sessions.
You will have the opportunity to engage with the basic handling of materials and processes through a selection of tried and tested exercises, and you will be encouraged to look closely and respond to your own environment and cultural experience when realising a project.
This is a practical course and the subject is underpinned by theory and art historical references.
The course introduction will include a brief overview of the relatively new tradition of acrylic.
However, the focus will soon shift to contemporary uses of acrylic and artists using this medium will be explored and researched.
The course is anchored in the stuff of acrylic painting; it’s hands-on course and, whilst the focus is on acrylic paint as a specialised medium, there will be opportunities experiment – e.g. using it as mixed media and/or with collage techniques.
What will I gain?
By the end of the course you will have created a portfolio of new, innovative work.
The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches.
Suitability - Who should attend?
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some painting experience are welcome.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
Certificate of Attendance
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