Explore acrylic painting 


Explore acrylic painting. Spend a relaxing and inspiring Saturday learning to paint in acrylics.  Ideal for beginners and improvers to learn all the basics and ‘next step’ skills.

Work at your own pace to develop your acrylic painting skills with lots of support, encouragement and 1:1 guidance from your experienced tutor.  You will be guided through painting exercises and creative projects designed to help you learn and develop your acrylic painting step by step.

You will be amazed at how quickly you learn and very soon you will start to see your own style developing as your confidence grows and you start to take on more challenging acrylic painting projects.  Your tutor will be there to support you every step of the way.

Suitable for beginners, improvers and intermediate artistsEveryone is welcome.
Saturday class

Key Information

Day: Saturday
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brigid Brind


Most materials included

Sat 16 Sept: 10 places
Sat 21 Oct: 10 places
Sat 18 Nov: 10 places
2018 dates tbc

  • The leisure learning classes offer a relaxed and supportive learning environment allowing you to learn and progress at a pace comfortable for you. Experienced tutors will set you inspiring projects to teach you the skills and techniques that will enable you to progress and develop as an artist while discovering your own unique style of drawing and painting.

    Suitable for beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.

    Leisure learning classes are great to join if you’re looking for regular tutor support, while learning with like-minded people in a social, friendly and supportive studio environment.

    More > about my teaching style and ethos.

  • Items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B
    Plastic erasor
    A choice of synthetic paint brushes 
    Plastic paint palette
    Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A3, 220gsm -or-
    Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A3, 200gsm

    If unsure please bring what you can and wait to ask the tutor at 1st session.

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for cleaning brushes
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron

    Freely available in the studio
    Drawing boards
    Water tubs
    Still life objects to draw and paint

  • “Really good. Everyone was really friendly. I feel I understand a lot more about colour than when i first arrived. It builds up your confidence and Brigid is a lovely teacher.”
    Deb G

    “This experience was really good because the teacher explained everything really well.  It was relaxing and a very good experience.”
    Lucia L

    “Learnt about colour theory, how to blend colours and different types of acrylic paints. Very friendly people and a great teacher.
    Julia G

    “Enjoyed it – learned and developed my knowledge of acrylic painting and improved my still-life techniques. Relaxed – spacious facility – friendly.”
    Rod W

    “Very enjoyable. Knowledgeable teacher with loads of hints and tips for improving work. Very approachable teacher, lovely studio.”
    Gill C

    “I have learnt a lot about acrylics  and colour mixing, and to draw and paint with more accuracy and flair.  I could not produce an acrylic painting before I attended this course, was able to by the end!” 
    Helen S

    “Learnt a lot. I can now start to paint – always been very wary.  Now I have much more understanding.” Barbara H


  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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  • Leisure class:
    Time: 10 – 4pm

    Brigid Bind

    Beginner, Improver, intermediate adults

    Group Size
    Min 5 – Max 10

    Refreshments + Lunch
    Tea & coffee available. Please supply your own milk.
    Bring your own lunch as there are no local take away’s.

  • Materials you will use

    • Acrylic paints

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Other studio-based equipment

Course structure

The Explore acrylic painting tutor is experienced at teaching mixed ability classes, so whether you are an absolute beginner and never painted in acrylics before, or have been painting at home for a while but need some tuition and guidance, your tutor will meet your learning needs by teaching you at your own level and at a pace you are comfortable with.

Clicking on the gray tabs will give you an idea of the kinds of projects you will be working on at Beginner, Improver and Intermediate levels.

Flexible booking allows you to choose which Saturday’s you attend, enabling you to create your own schedule that fits in with your other commitments.  
However once you book, bookings are non-transferable.

    • Fun introduction to learn about paint properties
    • Painting with a limited colour palette
    • Learn how to model 3D shapes
    • Colour mixing skills
    • Brush control and how to create textures
    • Work from photos to create a landscape painting
    • Learn how to be inspired by other artists
    • Improve your compositions and learn how to structure your paintings
    • Develop your brush control techniques to create tone and texture
    • Discover the importance of developing ideas in your sketchbook
    • Play with unusual ways of painting and making interesting marks
    • Experiment with different surfaces and textures to paint on – the start of using mixed media
    • Create a self portrait with colour inspired by Fauvist artists like Matisse.
    • Learn how to use a palette knife to create new and dynamic effects
    • Use more advanced texture making techniques to add depth and interest to your paintings
    • Use the transparent and translucent qualities of acrylic glazes to create abstract works of art
    • Develop acrylic layering techniques to create add depth and substance to your paintings


Book a course and enjoy 2 FREE sessions with Ancoats Visual Arts

Student Quotes

“Really good.  Everyone was really friendly.  It built up my confidence and the tutor was lovely.”
Deb G

“Enjoyed it – learnt, developed my knowledge of acrylic painting and still-life techniques.  Relaxed, spacious studio – friendly.”
Rod W

What can I expect

Individual attention
Learn in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging environment, with teaching by step by step demonstrations.  Allow your enjoyment and confidence to grow. 

Acrylic painting made simple
Learn the principles behind good acrylic painting and then put the theory into practice. Learn the techniques and knowledge that will enable you to paint in acrylics with confidence.

Learn at your own pace
We understand everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways with different objectives.  This class allows you the freedom to develop in your own direction, at a leisurely pace that will ensure you maximise your enjoyment.

Choose this class if you want to learn how to paint in acrylics.

 Learning Links

Why not combine this ‘leisure learning’ course with a skills boost by booking on one of my weekend or evening courses.   They will give you a focused and structured learning experience in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.  

Suitable for beginners to experienced artists
Read the testimonials on the course pages and you’ll see what other students have said.

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