Acrylic painting: introduction


This course will give beginners, and those more experienced, a great start in using acrylics paints. You will be taught about the properties of acrylic paint, the appropriate equipment to use, some colour theory, and a range of techniques to use.

The knowledge and skills that you learn will be practiced in several still life studies through the weekend.

Your tutor will be there to support you every step of the way.


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

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

“Really enjoyable.  Knowledgeable teacher with loads of hints and tips for improving work.”
Gill C



Includes most materials

ADULT, Teaching Level 1



1 places remaining

Places available

Course details

Your weekend will be relaxing and inspiring and you will benefit from lots of support, encouragement and 1:1 guidance from your experienced tutor. 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.

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Saturday Morning
Introduction to acrylic paints – properties, equipment and techniques
Understanding colour theory – learning about the many properties of colour so that you will be able to exploit these in your painting.

Saturday Afternoon
Tonal modelling using neutral colours – a still life of simple shapes and colours will be set. You will work with a limited palette to create solid shapes. Appropriate techniques and careful colour mixing will be used.

Sunday Morning
Tonal modelling using related or analogous colours – a different still life will be set for you to further experiment with colour mixing, technique and tonal contrast. This time you will use colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel creating a pleasing composition.

Sunday Afternoon
Tonal modelling using colour – Several small still life collections of colourful fruit and vegetables of varied texture will be set up. You will paint these using skills acquired so far in the course. You will try to achieve tonal contrast through use of colour and experiment with texture through use of technique.

What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

Choose this course if you want to learn how to paint with acrylic paints

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“Supportive. good outcomes. Measured. Lots of useful tips. Creative. Practical. Lots of individual support. Lots of fun.”
Veronica C

“Very good.  Enjoyable and constructive/instructive.  Friendly, quality, approachable, professional.”
Maria M


Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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