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Workshop Title
Basic Painting “TIPS” for Acrylic Painters
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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Subject / Focus
Basic Supplies, Brush Tips
Class Description
Sharon Black will demonstrate the basics of Acrylic painting; a great opportunity for beginners and also for those who want to improve their current skills. Basic Supplies and Brush Tips: ie. Loading the Brush, Every Brush Has a Purpose and Brush Care, Dealing with Acrylic Paint Viscosities, Applying the Paint, Acrylic Painting Effects, ie. smooth transitions between colour applications, and “The Finished Painting”.

Sharon will show you how to set up your work space before you paint, what you need to know about brushes, brush care and how to properly load your brush. You will work on Brush Strokes, techniques that are beneficial when blocking in areas and applying highlights and shading.

During the second session, each student will produce an acrylic painting from a reference photo of their choice, or one supplied by Sharon, i.e. scenery or still life.

Once the painting is finished we will explore “Finishing of the Canvas”.
About the Artist
Art has always been a part of Sharon Black's life and for many years she traveled and taught throughout Canada and the United States, and as far as Japan. Still life is one of the first art forms that she became involved in before moving on to discover the worlds of plein air and portraiture. Sharon has always felt that once you've learned to accurately draw what you see, you can then apply colour to create light, shadow and depth. This is the path that Sharon walks and she would love to share it with others who are adventurous.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
- Acrylic Paints
- Any Acrylic Mediums i.e. GAC, etc.
Art Surface / Support
- Canvas boards (medium sized), OR
- Canvas sheets taped to a plywood surface, OR
- Inexpensive canvases to practice on

NOTE: THE STUDENT MUST PREPARE THE SURFACE WITH 2 COATS OF GESSO, colour may be mixed with the gesso to prepare the surface (Sharon likes a medium value)
Supplies and Tools
- Any Synthetic Brushes you want to use (i.e. Liners, Flats, Filberts, Rounds, Angulars, Stipplers, Scumblers, Combs, etc.)
- Water containers
- Paper Towels
- Dry Palette Pad (palette paper)
- AND a Wet Palette (if you have one)
- Chalk Pencil
- Eraser
- Palette Knife
Reference materials
Photos: (Not needed until the second session)
- Students may bring a simple photo (with object shapes that require highlights and shades, trees, roads, rivers, close-up view of flower, animal, etc.)
NOTE: Bring your own photo, or Sharon will have some reference photos available if you cannot find one.
- Table Easel (optional)

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- $5.00 Fee for use of Acrylics
(NOTE: Students MUST bring their own brushes.)

- “Low Cost” wet palette and some dry palette paper (for students to use the first week)

- Photos will be available at no charge (provided they are not damaged, otherwise $2.00) NOTE: Photos must be returned at the end of session 2.
Items made available for purchase
- Synthetic brushes

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
Week 1:
- You will learn to set up your painting space
- Learn about the viscosities of acrylic paint
- How to load paint on synthetic, acrylic brushes
- You will explore brushstokes to distribute the paint
Session 2
Week 2:
- We will continue on with brushes and their purposes.
- Next, we will make an outline of what we wish to paint on our canvas and apply our new-found knowledge of the acrylic painter.

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