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Painting in Acrylics


Art and Design

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



10 weeks



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Course Overview

Do you want to think like a painter, and learn to create order out of chaos with your set of acrylics? Join us for a relaxed, no pressure ten-week course where we will go on a journey into the wonderful world of acrylics and you can build on your skills with guidance from our tutor.

What will I learn?

The following topics will be covered during the course:
Painting Materials
Tools and Supports - essential materials and tools and their application
Painting and priming surfaces, how to stretch canvas and paper
Preliminary Studies - using windows, viewfinders, sketching techniques and squaring up the drawing
Composition - keeping it clear and simple; what to keep and what to reject; cropping, deep space, planes and structure
Alla Prima - making quick studies, using wet into wet, a fully loaded brush, washes and linear sketches
Qualities of Colour - hue, chroma and value
Creating your own colour wheel, the science, symbolic and psychological meaning of colour
Colour Mixing 1 - how to mix black and make a grey scale
Colour Mixing 2 - how to mix tints, tones and shades
Tonal Painting - considerations in using a restricted palette and simplifying forms, planes, tones and temperatures
Painting the Figure - exploring different approaches to mixing flesh tones
Resolving Figure Painting - completing your figure study
Course and personal review.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course lecturer. There are no final qualifications associated with the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Additional Costs and Information

You should bring with you an A4/A3 sketchbook and an A1 portfolio for transporting your work

You may wish to bring some small change for tea/coffee refreshments.

Please note that there is no parking at the Methuen Centre. The closest car park is in the High Street, adjacent to The Methuen Arms, where there is a charge for parking.

This course runs on one day per week at the Methuen Centre, Corsham and the dates are:
16.09.24-25.11.24 Monday 09:00-12:00
13.01.25-31.03.25 Monday 09:00-12:00
28.05.25-07.07.25 Monday 09:00-12:00

To be eligible for the free fundable programme, you must be aged 19+ and in receipt of benefit or on a low wage income and must have lived in the UK for the last three years. You must currently reside in England. Should you need any additional information before applying please do contact us on

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