Painting in Acrylics
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About this course

Do you want to think like a painter? Would you like to use paint to capture its true essence and make order out of chaos? Then come and join this ten-week course where we will go on a journey into the wonderful world of acrylics, learning about mixing colours, preparing surfaces and a range of painting techniques.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to paint a range of subject matter using acrylic paints.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand the properties of essential materials and tools
  • Understand the principles of composition
  • Demonstrate a range of painting techniques
  • Mix colours accurately
  • Paint a variety of subject matter such as still life and life painting

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Painting Materials, Tools and Supports - essential materials and tools and their application, painting and priming surfaces, how to stretch canvas and paper
  • Preliminary Studies - using windows, viewfinders, sketching techniques and squaring up the drawing
  • Composition - keeping it clear and simple; what to keep and what to reject; cropping, deep space, planes and structure
  • Alla Prima - making quick studies, using wet into wet, a fully loaded brush, washes and linear sketches
  • Qualities of Colour - hue, chroma and value; creating your own colour wheel; the science, symbolic and psychological meaning of colour
  • Colour Mixing 1 - how to mix black and make a grey scale
  • Colour Mixing 2 - how to mix tints, tones and shades
  • Tonal Painting - considerations in using a restricted palette and simplifying forms, planes, tones and temperatures
  • Painting the Figure - exploring different approaches to mixing flesh tones
  • Resolving Figure Painting - completing your figure study; course and personal review.
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with the course.

Additional costs and information

You should bring with you an A4/A3 sketchbook and an A1 portfolio for transporting your work.

Please note that there is no parking at the Methuen Centre. The closest car park is in the High Street, adjacent to The Methuen Arms. There is a charge for parking.

What could I do next?

You may wish to enrol on some of our other creative courses, which include Drawing and Painting, Drawing & Painting in a Variety of Media and much more.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.