Know Your Materials: A Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Paints

Know Your Materials: A Beginner's Guide to Acrylic Paints - student project

Draft Class Description

In the beginning most budding artists will ask "What kind of paint should I use?" and then decide between acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolor. After which they immediately seek out tips, tricks, and techniques. Not many pause to consider learning about the paint itself and how the different options will vastly impact your art.

Acrylic paint specifically is a commonly chosen medium as it is viewed as a "safe" and "beginner" option which you will eventually "outgrow". While that may be true for some, acrylic paints are often misunderstood by the general public and there is much more to it than meets the eye.

In this class we will be learning about our materials. This is so you may better understand the wide variety of options that acrylic paint comes in, how they differ and their benefits.

While this class is oriented towards beginners, this information may benefit painters of all levels. By the end of this class, you should have a firm grasp on what acrylic paint has to offer and hopefully have added confidence in assessing what will work best for you.

Regarding supplies, to complete the class project you will need to have:

A painting surface, your choice of either mixed media/paint paper, canvas, or gesso board.
Paint Brushes of varying sizes
A cup of water
A paint palette (or a plate)
Acrylic paint, preferably a variety (Variety Examples: heavy body, soft body, fluid, ink or acrylic gouache) but whatever you have on hand will be sufficient for practice.

 About Me

Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am a painter who specializes in Illustrative Abstract Designs.  [www.witchseastudio.com]

 Draft Class Outline

1) Intro
2) About the class project + supplies needed
3)What exactly is Acrylic Paint?
- how it's made, how it dries, finishes (matte/gloss) and what makes it unique
4)Professional vs. Student Grade Paint
5) Heavy Body Paints
6) Soft Body Paints
7) Fluid Paints
8) Acrylic Ink
9) Acrylic Gouache
10) Open Paints (slow drying)
11) Interference vs. Iridescent
12) Fluorescent and how it differs
13) Phosphorescence vs. UV reactive
14) Practice time! [Class Project]

Class Project

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Chelsea Maynard
Artist of Witchsea Studio
Teacher