Acrylic paints is a relatively new painting medium, established and used from around the 1950s whereas oils and watercolours are almost ancient in comparison. The rise of plastics as an ingredient in many manufactured goods transferred to art products and after much experimentation delivered Acrylics - a buttery and pasty medium that can be added to many other materials and acrylics also delivers some of the brightest and most intense colour ranges which attracts many artists. Acrylics are made from pigment, plastic and other binders that gives it its unique characteristics. It cannot be mixed with oils, but it can be used in conjunction with oils, and can be painted on many surfaces including canvas, wood, walls and so on.
Learning to use acrylics is slightly more challenging than oils due to its' quick drying time (retarders can also be used to counter this problem partially), especially when painting realistically because blending is involved and can be hard to master when the paint dries so quickly. My favourite technique with acrylics is using it in conjunction with medium charcoal and diluted to two thirds its strength - allowing for sweepingly fast washes and ease of use, but this style is not recommended for students who prefer to execute paintings very carefully. Other techniques that are exciting involves mixing acrylics with sand, as well as texture paint and knife painting.
The Acrylic Program:
Learn the character of Acrylics, Material discussions like the Supports like wood and canvas, Brushes, Diluents and Acrylic Gels and Cleaning materials used, as well as Standard equipment needed, Mixed Media equipment and your Starter Pack.
Learn to prime with mixtures and gesso on different supports. Proportional, tonal and blending exercises as well as small projects to establish the fundamentals of acrylics, colour theory and practice, techniques like under-painting, impasto, wet on wet, glazing, palette knife painting, texture and background under-painting, impressionism and super realism, mixed media includes a choice of charcoal, pastels, washes, pencil, collage, and many other. During these practices you will be given many options as to what you like and you will be able to start some of your own paintings.
Another very popular technique with acrylics is pouring and marbling with silicone which we teach as a workshop twice a year.
The course had been designed to teach you everything you need to know and also tackles issues like spacing and the big problem of over-blending, redefining and tonal correctness.