Acrylic Painting: The Four Basic Techniques

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Instructor Linda Hope

This workshop will introduce any student new to the use of Acrylic Paints to four basic techniques: the smooth blend or transition; broken brushstrokes; optical blending; and the use of acrylic transparent glazes to create new and unexpected colors.  Properties unique to acrylic paints will be addressed, allowing the students to benefit from and take advantage of the mediums relatively “short” drying time. All levels are welcome.

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5 meetings
Fort Mason (2 Marina Blvd – Bldg B, San Francisco, CA 94123)
Room 200
$10.00 materials fee paid to the instructor

Materials List:

STRETCHED CANVAS or CANVAS BOARD 16 “ x 20” or 18" x 24" (or larger) 

PAINTS (2 oz. tubes unless otherwise indicated) 
Week 1: Mars or Ivory Black; Titanium White (5 oz. tube recommended) 
Week 2: Add Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium; Ultramarine Blue; Pthalo Blue 
Week 4: Add Burnt Sienna; Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre; Dioxyzine Purple; Raw Umber 

• Set of Taklon brushes to include a FLAT brush, a FILBERT brush, and a ROUND brush. Get a set where the FLAT or Filbert brush is at least ¾” across. 
• Cheap Hardware Store type natural bristle brushes: 1"; 2"; 2.5" - 3" 
• If you can afford it get a couple of large brushes with white natural bristles, Filbert and Round shapes OR a white bristle brush set 

• Plastic Palette knife, trowel shaped, with about a 4 inch blade. 
• Spray bottle. Get one that will produce a fine mist, not the garden variety. The misters are available at cosmetic stores, or in the cosmetic sections at department and drug stores. Pump hairspray bottles work well. 

Materials kits will be available at a discount at FLAX Art, located in Building D at Fort Mason.