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Instructor: Jules Webster
Ages: Adults, 18+ (age firm)
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced, some prior acrylic experience required
Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm -OR-
Friday, November 23 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

From Jules: The workshop will begin with a priming demonstration using spray gesso (weather permitting), GAC 100, and clear acrylic gesso. We will then review image transfer, acrylic paint types, acrylic gels, acrylic thinning mediums, and brushes. I will bring a variety of finished and in progress paintings as well as ALL my acrylic paints and materials to demonstrate techniques for using different acrylic products. We will explore the different viscosities of paint gels and mediums on provided sample canvas boards. You are then welcome to start a new painting on one of your new primed surfaces or work on any in-progress paintings, or paintings you considered finished but on which you’d like to experiment with any or all of my acrylic products. The latter portion of this workshop will allow for hands on studio experimentation on your work, group discussion of materials and processes, and Q+A regarding any acrylic products or best practices. I hope to provide students with a greater understanding of how acrylics can be used and modified, as an opportunity to have creative dialogue with others in a comfortable studio environment.

In this hands- on, open-ended, and interactive workshop, Jules will demonstrate multiple methods for:

  • priming raw surfaces or re-priming a sub-standard surface

  • selecting a surface and primer based on artist intent

  • methods for beginning a painting

  • transferring an image to a panel and the effect of the primer on the image transfer

  • using acrylic gels and mediums to modify paint viscosity and add texture

  • selecting the appropriate medium for glazing in acrylic

  • selecting appropriate paint or modifiers to slow acrylic drying time

  • selecting appropriate viscosity and brand of paint based upon artist intent

  • reading information provided on paint tubes to identify quality and content

  • selecting appropriate brushes or tools based upon viscosity of paint used

Participants should bring:

  • one or multiple acrylic paintings in progress on which to experiment

  • three small wooden panels under 8x8” to prime using various materials and begin new paintings

  • reference images to paint from if you’d like to begin new paintings. Bring a color copy as well as a black and white copy on thin paper if you’d like to trace your image. Our store copier is not good. Please come prepared with all images printed and to scale before class.

  • a color wheel

  • some of your own acrylic paints and products to supplement what I will bring and with which to experiment

  • your own brushes

  • a large flat palette, palette paper, or a few plastic picnic plates to use as a palette

  • paper towels, water container

  • flat boxes or another container to transport wet paintings home


  • table top easel

  • snacks and beverages

  • sketchbook or notebook

***Please reference our class cancellation policy by clicking here.***

Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.

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