Acrylic Painting II: Developing Techniques and Styles

Instructor: Robin Adair
Mondays 5:30-8:30pm
8 weeks: July 5 to August 30, no class August 2
Location: Online
$300 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: Acrylic Painting I or equivalent experience

In this course, students will explore a range of principles in painting through technique-based and independently lead projects, and by practicing with a variety of tools and approaches to the acrylic medium. Students will work from observation and imagination, and will deal with their subjects figuratively and abstractly. We will take the time to develop sustained paintings as well as works in a series. This class is for intermediate level painters who want to develop and hone their craft in a supportive environment where individual expression and critical thinking is highly encouraged. 


  • Discussion and introduction to course; warm-up exercise using the pallete knife and alla prima techniques.
  • Colour in motion: building a series of works based on video stills of an object in motion. Students will explore techniques such as optical mixing, analogous and complementary colour mixtures, and colour modelling.  
  • Still-life portrait: constructing a complex composition and using a sighting grid.
  • Abstracted from life: large-scale work based on a physical subject and that explores the boundary between realism and abstraction.
  • Figurative art: Building towards a sustained work or series. 
  • Self-directed work. 


For the first class: 

  • Brushes: A variety of hog hair brushes (ranging from size 8-12). I recommend filberts, flats, and rounds.
  • Palette knives (various sizes)
  • Support: One full sheet (22”x30”) of gessoed heavy cotton/rag paper (Stonehenge is a good brand); or, you may bring a gessoed canvas or MDF board.
  • Large Paint Palette (at least 12x16 inch): you can purchase either plastic or metal palettes at any local art store; or, you may use an old plastic Tupperware tray (feel free to use your resourcefulness).    
  • Paint: For the first class, bring any colours you already own. I recommend Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Cobalt Blue . Any of the student grade brands of acrylic will do. However, if you want to invest in a high quality brand, Golden is the best choice. 
  • 33 oz container of white gesso (any brand is suitable).
  • Cotton rags.

Note: To prevent anyone from making unnecessary purchases, we will discuss the materials for subsequent sessions on the first day of class.