Discovering the Magic of Acrylics

Nationally known mixed media artist and instructor Jacqueline Sullivan will guide you in this four week class to discover the magic of acrylic paint. Learn Jacqueline’s best tips, tricks, and techniques for learning to paint with acrylics to create beautiful works of art. This course is designed for those new to acrylic paint as well as novice artists, and the focus of this class is to develop a fundamental skill with the medium of acrylic paint. This acrylic art class can also be helpful for the experienced artist who wishes to renew their knowledge of acrylics.A unique aspect of this online class will be to use a student-created photograph of a simple flower or fruit grouping that will be used in each of the four weeks as the artist’s subject as the magical properties of acrylic paints are revealed. The course will also review color theory, grounds and mediums, layering of glazes, simple collage techniques and creating texture. Whether you are new to the world of acrylic paints or wishing to reacquaint yourself with the medium, you’ll find the insights and guidance you need in this online course to discover the magic of acrylics!Course registration includes a digital download of Painting Acrylics – The First Steps Series by Vicki Lord and 9 instructional videos from Jacqueline Sullivan.

Start Date:

April 22, 2014

Workshop Length:

4 weeks

Tuition:

$159.99

Course Materials (Included in Tuition):

Instructor:

Jacqueline Sullivan (bio)

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What You’ll Learn

  • Fundamental skill with the medium of acrylic paint
  • Color theory and design elements review
  • Use of grounds and mediums
  • Layering of glazes
  • Simple collage techniques incorporated into an acrylic painting
  • Creating texture in an acrylic painting

Who should take this workshop:

  • Artists who have no experience with acrylic paint or are fairly new to the medium
  • Experienced artists who wish to renew their knowledge of acrylics
  • Novice artists

ART SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

  • Brushes for acrylics: 1” flat. #8 round
  • Acrylic Paints: Golden Heavy Body – 1 tube each of the following: Quin Nickel Azo gold, Titan Buff, Carbon Black, Turquois Pthalo, Quin Crimson, Paynes Gray (see also text page 18)
  • Stay-wet palette (text page 19)
  • Plastic spray bottle – 8 oz
  • Water containers for rinsing brushes – 16-32 oz plastic (similar to cottage cheese containers)
  • Matte medium [fluid] – 8 oz jar (text page 19)
  • Water color paper, 140 lb. cold press – 2 sheets 22”x3 0” (text page 18) – divide each sheet into 4 equal quarters to equal a total of 8 pieces sized 11”x15”
  • Pad of tracing paper – 12”x16”
  • Light molding paste – 8 oz jar
  • Soft charcoal pencil #2B
  • Hard graphite pencil #2H
  • Masonite board to stretch water color paper – approximately 16”x20”
  • Spectra art tissue – 4 sheets
  • Masking tape – 1” any brand is fine
  • Unryu or Japanese lace paper – several small pieces
  • Access to digital camera and ability to enlarge photographs to 8”x10” or 11”x14” (can be done inexpensively at local self-service photo center)
  • Access to black and white photocopy machine to enlarge photograph to 11”x17”

OPTIONAL ARTIST SUPPLIES:

  • Acrylic Paints: Golden Heavy Body – any other colors of your choice
  • Additional size/type paint brushes of your choice
  • Pre-stretched artist canvas – 12”x16” or larger (this can be used as a substitute for the 140 lb. cold press water color paper)

BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT
In order to be successful with this course, you will need to:

  • Read the entire syllabus prior to the beginning of class
  • Read the assigned pages from Painting Acrylics – The First Steps Series by Vicki Lord
  • Purchase appropriate artist grade materials as listed in the essential course materials list
  • Watch the assigned instructor-led video lectures and demonstrations
  • Complete studio assignments (“homework”) in a timely fashion
  • Participate in Blackboard discussions, and
  • Review instructor feedback and incorporate suggestions

GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION & POLICIES

  • Read the entire syllabus with attention to requirements for weekly studio assignments (ie, “homework”)
  • Review Blackboard course web page and familiarize yourself with course page set-up and resources prior to the beginning of class
  • You will take a color digital photograph at the beginning of the course which will be used throughout this class. This photograph is a student composition of a flower or fruit grouping of your choice and will be used as a basis for further art work in this class
  • All assignments should be completed on a quarter sheet of 22”x30” sheet of 140 lb. cold press water color paper and photographed digitally, full size, at 72 dpi and saved as a jpeg or tiff file
  • Instructional videos are part of the learning activities for this class and are available for viewing for the duration of the course. Students can return to review any of the videos throughout the course and all will be available fro several weeks after the course end date (Monday, October 15, 2012).
  • Student assignments are due on the Friday of the course week – instructor feedback will be provided by the following Monday via the Blackboard System
  • Monitor the Backboard web page for this course at least twice weekly for additional information posted by the instructor
  • To expedite responses to questions, contact the instructor directly via e-mail

 


Course Syllabus:wdu-REGISTERNOW.fw

Week 1: Getting Started
“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
The focus of the first week is to familiarize the new acrylic artist with the essential tools and materials of the medium while developing a reference painting based on a student-generated photograph.

Reading & Viewing Assignments

  • Understand essential tools and materials for acrylic painting. Read text pages 13 – 41
  • Tips for selecting brush types used with acrylic paint. Read text pages 14 – 17
  • Understanding acrylic paints, painting surfaces, palettes, and other materials used in creating acrylic art work. Read text pages 18 – 19
  • Develop a painting using reference materials. Read text pages 21 – 25
  • Color and elements of design. Read text pages 27 – 41
  • Read Jacqueline Sullivan Handouts
    • Color Wheel
    • Heavy vs Fluid Acrylics
  • Watch the following instructional sessions on video:
    • Introduction
    • Stretching Watercolor Paper
    • Transferring Working Drawings to Final Paper

Homework Assignments:

  1. Take a digital photograph of a fruit or flower grouping in color
  2. Develop a working drawing of this photograph
  3. Transfer the working drawing to watercolor paper
  4. Take a digital photograph of both the working drawing and the watercolor paper drawing to submit to the Instructor
  5. Submit #1 and #4 to the Instructor via Blackboard Digital Drop Box by Friday 12 midnight [EDT-USA] of first course week – please see course policies for labeling your art e-files

Week 2: Beginning to Paint

“The person who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” ~ Edward Phelps
The second week provides the new acrylic artist the opportunity to work with washes, layering, resists and using a simple collage to enhance the acrylic work.

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Layering washes in an acrylic painting. Read text pages 76 – 83
  • Using collage in an acrylic painting. Read text pages 84 – 89
  • Using resists in an acrylic painting. Read text page 63
  • Working with positive and negative shapes. Read text page 81
  • Read Jacqueline Sullivan Handouts
    • Types of Mediums
    • Mediums & Grounds – what is the difference?
  • Watch the following instructional sessions on video:
    • Collaging with Mediums
    • Making Your Own Painted Papers for Collage

Homework Assignments:

  1. Complete a painting of the fruit or flower photograph using watercolor style washes and glazes and small areas of collage. Use resist as needed
  2. Take a photograph of the completed painting, working drawing, and drawing made on watercolor paper to submit to Instructor
  3. Submit your photograph to the Instructor via Blackboard Digital Drop Box by Friday 12midnight [EDT-USA] of the second class week – please see course policy section for labeling your art e-files

Week 3: Acrylic Painting Techniques
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The third week encourages the artist to begin to experiment with blending acrylic paint, learn the purposes of a value painting and creating contrast.

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Making a value painting. Read text pages 44 – 45
  • Blending acrylic paints. Read text pages 96 – 99
  • Using bold thick pigment in your art. Read text pages 100 – 103
  • Watch the following instructional sessions on video:
    • Color Mixing
    • Refining the Painting/ building glazes

Homework Assignments:

  1. Make a value painting of your selected fruit or flower grouping using Paynes Gray Paint
  2. Use the value painting as a guide and create a second painting using opaque colors
  3. Take digital photographs of both the value painting and opaque color painting to submit to the Instructor
  4. Submit your photographs to the Instructor via Blackboard’s Digital Drop Box by Friday 12midnight [EDT-USA] of the third class week – please see course policy section for labeling your art e-files

Week 4: Experimental Painting

“You can’t use up creativity ~ the more you use the more you have!” ~ Maya Angelou
The final week of the class opens the student to experimentation potential of acrylic paints building upon work done in the previous three weeks. Focus will be on developing color, mood, and textures to create a bit of magic in your art!

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Experimenting. Read text pages 104 – 121
  • Color and mood. Read text page 106
  • Creating texture. Read text pages 108 – 113
  • Read Jacqueline Sullivan handout: Magical Modeling Paste
  • Watch the following instructional sessions on video:
    • Pouring Paint/Creating Texture
    • Create an Abstract

Homework Assignments:

  1. Create an abstract textural painting using your selected fruit or flower grouping photograph as inspiration
  2. Write a short reflection on how this four week course has enhanced your creative process (fewer than 200 words)
  3. Post reflection to the course discussion board by Thursday, October 11th
  4. Take a digital photograph of your abstract textural painting to submit to the Instructor
  5. Submit your photograph to the Instructor via Blackboard Digital Drop Box by Friday 12midnight [EDT-USA] of the final week of class – please see course policy section for labeling your art e-files

Course Completion
A course certificate of completion will be available on Blackboard course web site at the conclusion of the class and after all student material has been submitted.

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