Learn how to paint with the easiest paint medium, acrylic paint! Acrylic paint cleans up with water, dries hard to the touch in just a few minutes and requires no toxic chemicals like mineral spirits or turpentine. It is also very forgiving and you and easily cover up mistakes or make corrections!
With Richard Nowak as the instructor you will learn how to paint a completed acrylic painting in a step by step process as he demonstrates painting landscapes, marine scenes, garden scenes and florals. He will paint and provide direction for each step of the way. He will provide color copies for each student of the scenes that will be the subject of the class. Often the scenes are local landscape or park scenes of Westfield and surrounding areas or copies of famous impressionist paintings such as paintings of Monet, Van Gogh or Renoir.
As you take the classes you will see things differently as an artist sees things and will be able to capture some of natures beauty on canvas! Your appreciation of color will be enhanced as you learn to mix paint colors. The two hour class sessions will open a new window in your life! The end result is that art will make your life more complete and satisfying!
Supplies for Beginner’s Acrylic Painting Class
A kit is available at most Michaels stores called Grumbacher Starter Acrylic Painting kit. It includes 4 tubes of paint, two painting panels, one painting knife and three brushes in different sizes. It’s all you need to get started! Beyond that the following are other items that you may to purchase as you progress in your classes.
Acrylic Paints: (Colors) Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium or Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson (Hooker’s Green, Phalo Blue and Burnt Umber are also good but not absolutely necessary for the class) Grumbacher brand or other good student or artist grade paints are okay.
Acrylic Painting Panels, Michaels, AC Moore or other brands available in sets of 3 or 5 Size: 9” x 12”, 11” x 14”, or 12” x 16” (9” x 12” preferred for 2 hour class)
#8 Filbert brush, #2 round brush or #2 flat brush, script brush (buy brushes marked for acrylic painting usually synthetic bristles) Grumbacher brand is excellent. You can buy more brushes as you develop your painting skills. You may want to purchase a set of brushes to save money.
Roll of paper towels
Good pencils, 2B, 4B or 6B and a kneaded eraser
Palette (plastic), can use a plastic or paper plate to be thrown away after the class
Cup for water is provided at the class
Table top easel (not absolutely necessary for tables are provided)
Bag to hold all the above items
A willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing while making the session a happy