Course Description

RISD CE acrylic painting course

Acrylic colors are rich and true to nature, allowing for amazingly accurate representation. Not surprisingly, acrylic painting has long been a popular medium for illustrators, fine artists, decorative artists, and muralists. In this course, students explore the unique attributes of, and possibilities inherent in, this versatile water-based, fast-drying, and non-toxic medium. Many different results are possible, from the transparent and translucent feel of watercolor to the more opaque quality of oil painting. The process begins with background washes, and progresses to color mixing, thin and opaque washes, ghosting, glazing and underpainting. Students select the subjects they wish to paint and should come to the first class with an idea of what that subject might be. Work will be done from direct observation as demonstrated by the instructor through tutorials and online demos. By the end of class, students will have produced at least one final work in acrylic and deepened their experience with the medium.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.

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Section Title
Acrylic Painting
Jan 11, 2021 to Feb 22, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $400.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 01, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 04, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 11, 2021 to Feb 22, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Small desk light
  • Drawing supplies: at least 6 sheets of drawing paper, 11 x 14”
  • Graphite pencils 3B, 4B, 5B
  • 6 or more tubes of acrylic plus white. You will need more white; get 2. Colors should include at least the three primaries plus secondary colors
  • Masking tape
  • 4 sheets of hot press illustration board 15 X 20” any brand. This is like matte board
  • 2 stiff panels to act as backing for illustration boards. This can be primed masonite or drawing board. Should be larger than 15 X 20”
  • Acrylic brushes large to small. Large is 3 inches wide, and you need at least two. Three is better. These can be house painting brushes
  • 3 buckets as containers with openings wider than your widest brush. Lids to match
  • White or grey palette, optional
  • Water mister or spray bottle
  • Simple subjects you wish to depict from life
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