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Fundamentals of Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a fun, vibrant, and a fast-drying way to express yourself. Learn some basic drawing and painting techniques such as: composition, building up the volume of an object, rendering techniques, a variety of brush strokes, bringing a light source into your paintings, layering, introduction into color theory, and so much more! Practice these techniques by working with still life references, landscape paintings, and more. Whether you are just starting out or have never touched acrylic painting before, you will see notable improvements throughout this course, building confidence in your painting. Ages 9-12

Fundamentals of Acrylic Painting

Bring a breath of life into your paintings! Learn about brushstrokes, color theory, composition, and a variety of other techniques that will build confidence in your painting skills. Improve your skills by learning basics of drawing and painting techniques like dry brush, wet on wet, layering, and rendering. You will also learn how to bring a light source into your paintings and will explore using different colors to add dimension. Learn how to use references and still-life studies to elevate your paintings! Ages 12-16

ArtTrax: Painting I

This course covers the basics of using watercolor including mixing colors, creating texture, and basic painting techniques. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Fundamentals of Acrylic Painting

Whether you have never painted or are just getting started, this acrylic painting introduction is just for you! You will witness your progress throughout this four-week intensive course. You will learn drawing techniques, as well as an introduction to color theory, value scales, still life studies, landscape paintings, how to use references, and how to add light source in your paintings. Build confidence in your painting skills through light homework and final projects. Bring a breath of life into your paintings! Ages 16-Adult

ArtTrax: Painting III

This course builds on the knowledge of the previous two courses, as well as introduces new topics such as how to create depth, basic perspective, and additional techniques. Students will have independent time to create a finished work of art or to get one on one help. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Acrylic Painting Sampler

This fun workshop will launch you into an exploration of acrylic painting. You will be guided on how to hold the paint brush to make a variety of marks, textures, and layers. Explore traditional and non-traditional painting techniques like dry brushing. You will begin to understand color theory in this class as well as learn how to create a sense of depth and how to bring light sources into your work. Bring your paintings to life in this supportive and fun acrylic painting workshop! Ages 9-12

Basics of Oil Painting

Whether you’re just getting started or have never painted in oil before, you will see a drastic improvement throughout this intensive course! Painting the same thing repeatedly is the fastest way to build skills and confidence, so we will focus on still life and portraits. Through demos, light homework, exercises and final projects, your progress will be astounding! Adults

ArtTrax: Painting II

In addition to reviewing topics in Painting I, this course also covers the basics of acrylic painting including materials needed, color mixing, pigment choice, brush-handling, and palette-knife techniques. Bemis ArtTrax is a new curriculum created to provide equitable and accessible pathways to the arts. ArtTrax courses introduce the fundamental concepts of painting, drawing, and sculpting through a series of engaging exercises. Emphasis is not on producing finished works of art but rather on developing a basic skill set through practice and repetition. Ages 16-Adult

Acrylic Painting Sampler

This is a sample workshop of the four-week fundamentals of acrylic painting course. Learn techniques in painting that will relax the heavy handed. You will learn about layering and variety brushstrokes that will create a sense of depth within your paintings. Give your paintings a breath of life! Ages 16-Adult