Acrylic Painting : Advanced | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Miami

Acrylic Painting : Advanced

OSH 902 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBD
Instructor: Jim Brennan

Course Description

Painting with acrylics can be great fun. Painting is to be enjoyed, not endured. Acrylics are easy to use mainly because they are water-soluble and are not encumbered by the numerous technical rules, as are oils. Acrylics allow the artist to jump in and push the medium to its limits. Come and experience the fun, ease and lack of boundaries this medium and class has to offer. There will be time in class to work on your projects where you will receive assistance and weekly critiques.

This class is geared towards advanced painters, but all levels are welcome to attend.

Supply List

Note: All items are suggested and may be substituted for equivalents of your choice.

  1. Acrylic Paints: Golden, Liquitex or equivalent, size: 2 oz. tubes. (*Titanium White in large tube)

    Colors (suggested):

  • Cadmium Red Medium • Quinacridone Crimson • Rose Madder • Lemon Yellow • Yellow Ochre • Cadmium Yellow Medium • Sap Green • Cerulean Blue Hue • Ultramarine Blue • Phthalo Blue • Burnt Umber • Raw Sienna • Paynes Gray • Ivory Black •*Titanium White •
  1. Acrylic Paint Brushes (good quality) by mfg. Pro Stroke-Powercryl   "open stock."       

    Brushes (suggested):

  • Round: #2, #6
  • Filbert: #8
  • Bright: #6
  • Flat: #16                     
  • Dagger by Beste: ¼”, ½” or another brand (The dagger aka sword may be hard to find locally, try on-line.)
  • Liner (by mfg. Daler Rowney - Simply Simmons): #1
  • Fan (blender) by mfg. Daler Rowney-Simply Simmons: #2
  1. PaletteDisposable paper pallet pad 9”x12” 50 sheets, preferably gray.
  2. Watercolor Paperuse the individual sheets 22” x 30”not pad, 300#, hot press and cold Press, get one of each by Fabriano.
  3. SpongesArtist Value Pack #12
  4. Drawing Pencil #2B
  5. Ruler: 18" metal                                        
  6. Eraser by VANISH 2 5/8" L x 3/4" x 3/4" thick
  7. Color Wheel, small or large

* Roll of paper towels

* Cotton dish rag, used, clean and soft

* These items you probably already have at home.

NotesGesso, primes canvas or Masonite; when added to acrylic colors will produce a matte surface, one 16 oz. bottle.

Rubbing (*Ethyl 70%, or 90% Alcohol @ Walgreens)One pint dissolves dried paint in brushes, removes undesired dried paint from painted surface. Isopropyl alcohol is less effective with acrylic paint.

Supplies available at Jerry's Artarama, 1140 SW 67th Avenue, Miami. Other art supply stores may carry some.

Please bring all your supplies to the first and all classes.

Jim Brennan is a native Floridian. He graduated with a BA in Humanities from FAU, where his focus was on art and architecture. Jim is a teacher and an award-winning artist in acrylics, watercolor, metal sculpture and wire sculpture mediums. His work has been featured throughout Miami, Palm Beach, Winter Park and Tampa. 

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