Acrylics For Beginners

Art |
16th January 2020

16 Jan – 13 Feb | 1.30pm – 3.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £63 (5 weeks)

Learn how to paint with this exciting flexible medium, focussing on paint handling and mixing colour. Explore different ways to apply the paint and consider how to manage consistency and create colours.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

This is an introductory course, starting with an overview of materials, you will begin to discover the paint’s versatile properties focusing on paint handling and mixing colour. Working from landscape photos and some still life, you will consider –

  • Colour theory – mixing the right colour
  • Making marks – smooth blending and textured marks
  • Using mediums – Glazing with thin layers
  • Painting without brushes
  • Using a coloured ground

The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience with tutor-led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts which will support and guide you throughout. There is a follow up 5 week course, More Acrylic for Beginners in February.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Paints – a tube of yellow, blue, red and white and black as a minimum. Suggested colours are cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, titanium white and ivory black. ‘Artist’ quality paints provide the best pigment but a good brand of student quality paints is also good eg. Winsor and Newton Galleria brand
  • Acrylic paper – Hahnemüle or other good make. At least A4 size
  • Brushes – You tutor will advise further on brushes but for the first session please bring a medium-sized acrylic brush, size 8. Later sessions will require soft flat or round medium-sized brushes.
  • Water pot- plastic. Yoghurt pots are good!
  • Plate to mix paint- Paper plate is fine to start with
  • Kitchen paper towel or rags
  • Your Tutor will discuss materials in more detail during the first session.
  • Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011

Karen Lester


16th January 2020

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