Making Acrylics Work SOLD OUT
Saturday March 11, 2023
9am - 12pm
Taught by John Fennell
Making Acrylics Work
For many artists acrylic is a tricky medium. It dries too quickly and if not used properly the artwork too often looks like plastic, especially if painted too thickly. But the benefits of acrylic are many. Whatever subject interests you, this workshop will show you how to slowly build up layers of color that will give your painting depth and richness.
You will need to bring your own materials:
- A basic set of acrylic colors that includes red (light and medium or dark), yellow (light and medium or deep), blue (ultramarine and cobalt or cerulean), black and white. (A violet like Quinacridone Magenta or alizarin crimson can be helpful but not necessary.)
- Almost any brushes will work, especially those labeled for both acrylic and oil. (Please avoid expensive sable watercolor brushes as acrylic can easily ruin them.) I suggest a variety of sizes like No. 2, 4, 6 and possibly 8, flat or filbert, plus a liner for details.
- A canvas board, stretched canvas, or 3/8 or ¼-inch Masonite panel prepared with gesso. Or good watercolor paper, preferably 140lb. – a block is preferable because it remains flat. Your choice of sizes: 8x10, 9x12, or 11x14, 12x16
- A container for water.
- A palette for holding and mixing paint. (The best are those that come with a cover.) A porcelain tray is handy for mixing because it cleans easily but not a must.
- A photo or sketch to work from. Or if painting abstractly an idea.
- Remember to wear clothing for painting.