Acrylic Painting Classes

I love sharing my knowledge with others! It’s so rewarding as people gain skills and create beautiful paintings! It’s not magic…anyone can paint if they use the right tools, learn the process, and practice! How fun!

See below for details.


Phone 480-329-6494 or use the Contact page to email which class
and dates to the instructor. Classes are limited to 6 participants.

Acrylic Painting – Basics

Class Cost $20. THIS IS A ONE-TIME CLASS to prepare you for Advanced classes.

You must call to reserve your seat as I must purchase materials and prepare for class. If you reserve a seat, please show up and please be on-time.

Learn the basics about canvases, brushes, paints, foundation (underpainting), mixing colors, blending, cool and warm colors, and finally…the Color Wheel. Class size limited to give each participant optimal time and attention.

Instructor provided materials:  Paints, Brushes, Canvases, and other needed materials.


Canvas: Board, Stretched, ¾”, 1-1/2” Gallery Wrap.
Tighten a canvas:  Wet/spray; blow-dry or air-dry.
Brushes: See handout. 
Foundation: Purposes – Fill in canvas divots, the “tooth”; makes painting fine lines easier/smoother. Multi-colored makes repairs easier.
Primary Colors = Blue, Yellow, Red
Secondary Colors = Green, Orange, Purple
Hue = pure color
Tint = hue + white
Tone = hue + grey
Shade = hue + black

Blending: The action of mixing or combining things together.  That can mean we want to mix an entirely different color, OR it may mean we want a smooth transition from one color to another.


TASK:  Make a wheel of Primary and Secondary Colors.

Homework:  Add Tint, Tone, Shade.

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Advanced Acrylic Painting Lessons

Prerequisite: “Basics” class.

Class Cost $15 per WEEKLY class. Each week we will study new topics.

You must call to reserve your seat as I must purchase materials and prepare for class. If you reserve a seat, please show up and please be on-time.

Instructor will teach a new skill/technique/tool at each class.

How many paintings should I be working on at the same time? 
As many as you need to keep you from obsessing on one! 

*Brushes/brush strokes and Other Tools:  Demo of Round, Filbert, Flat, Angle, Liner, and Chip.  Other tools:  Demo of Sponge, Q-tip, toothbrush.  Class practice.
*Underpainting (foundation):  Use enough paint to fill in the divots…you do not want to see canvas.  The bump on the canvas is referred to as “the tooth.”  Demo and class practice.  Think about your painting and paint the foundation (colors) with that in mind.  Class practice.


*Palette knife:  Demo on background and subject.  Class practice. *Values: Take a photograph of it.  Look at it in Black and White….that will show you if you have enough VALUES.  Five (5) is the magic minimal number. 

“Value in art is essentially how light or dark something is on a scale of white to black (with white being the highest value and black being the lowest value).  It is widely considered to be one of the most important variables to the success of a painting, even more so than your selection of color (hue).”


*Color:  Acrylic paint is water-based and composed of pigment particles dispersed in an acrylic polymer emulsion.  Most acrylic paints are water-based but become water-resistant when dry. 
*Mix Colors – Turquoise, Magenta, Brown.  Why brown?


*Wash – a semi-transparent layer of color.
*Perspective“The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.”  Demo and class practice.


*Still life:  Discussion of “Wine glass, green pitcher, pear” painting.  Class practice.
*Clouds & Water:  Demo of various clouds and water.  Class practice.


*Trees, leaves, grasses:  Demo on brushes and other tools to use for different effects, how to hold the brush, and pressure.  Practice.
*Texture:  Demo on spackle, tissue paper (commercial).  Class practice.


*Portrait:  Demo and class practice.  A drawing class is a great idea for practice.
*Sealing, Wiring, Framing:  Bring a painting.  Demo for each. 



Students bring their own materials (paint, palettes (Styrofoam plates), brushes.)

Instructor provides aprons, specialty brushes to try, washcloths, water containers, sponges, easels, palette knives, and has extra paint available if someone needs some.

Click link to Order Advanced Painting Supplies

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Adult Crafts:

Crafts – Craft projects may vary in cost due to materials. Not everyone wants to be a painter, so various crafts will be offered and may include projects such as:

Birdhouse painting
Textured glass
Card painting
Alcohol ink
and more!

If you have questions,
please call 480-329-6494 or visit the Contact page.

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