Exploring Acrylic Painting

Art & Crafts |
1st November 2023

Exploring Acrylic Painting | Wed 1 Nov to Wed 6 Dec | 7-9pm | £100 (5 wks) | 18+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Exploring Acrylic Painting covers the basics of painting with acrylics and will help to develop confidence in your painting practice. The class will explore different equipment, colour mixing, mediums, painting techniques and the building of layers through a series of practical tasks and exercises.

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?

Participants will explore painting and layering techniques using acrylic paint through a series of enjoyable exercises. Using still-life subjects as inspiration, you will learn how to start a painting, and how to compose and change elements of a painting during its process. Catherine will offer practical guides in equipment, surfaces, mixing colour, using painting mediums, palette control, and the use of different brushes and tools.

Cat MacDiarmid will deliver a series of demonstrations and practical activities, using other artists’ paintings and the work of peers for reference, and offer one-to-one time which will facilitate your individual learning and enable you to achieve on this course.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their practice.

Important information

There will be no session on Wednesday 15 November.

What do I need to bring?

All painting materials need to be provided by participants. During the first class, Cat will discuss what equipment is considered necessary for use throughout the course.

Please bring:

  • A basic set of acrylic paints (5-6 colours plus white will do).
  • Some brushes in a range of sizes.
  • Material rags.
  • Tray, large lid or similar flat surface to use as a mixing palette.
  • Water spray bottle.
  • Any acrylic painting mediums that you want to try, such as Retarder, Glazing medium etc.
  • Water pots.
  • Some grease-proof paper.
  • Small sponge.
  • Gesso primer.
  • Two large surfaces to paint on.
  • A small notebook and pencil.

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty, you may wish to dress accordingly.

About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait award for young artists in 2001/2.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally, and works from her home-based studio in Kendal. Catherine’s artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid

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1st November 2023

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