Acrylics for Improvers - Summer Garden Painting - Mansfield Central Library - Community Learning

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield

Key details

Date -
Sessions Thursdays: 1:30pm - 4pm
No. sessions 6
Venue Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 15
Cost FREE - £45

About this course

The course offers a perfect environment to achieve your artistic potential. The course guides you through the process of painting with acrylics  to create a colourful, vibrant and unique composition. The tutor will help you offering instruction and demonstration on how to use colour, texture and perspective to achieve a painterly, Impressionistic style as well as how to paint the light and shadows that create depth and dimension in your acrylic painting.  


The painting course is suitable for Improvers


What will be covered on the course?  

  • Artist research 
  • How to sketch a composition 
  • Simplify and separate tonal values into areas of light and shadow,  
  • How to use contrast, warm and cool colours effectively  
  • How to mix and balance naturalistic greens creating a subtle acrylic palette and a realistic sense of sunlight hitting the leaves and petals. 
  • Painting techniques: dry brush, layering, flat brush, gradient, glazing, visual colour mixing 


What will learners achieve by the end of the course? 

  • Learners will know how to prepare the surface, to sketch, to draw and how to mix and apply the paint on the surface using different tools to create an impressionistic style of painting in acrylics. 


What skills or knowledge do learners already need to have to attend the course? 

  • None 

What should learners bring?

  •  40 x 50 cm Stretched canvas/ Canvas board, acrylic paper/sketch pad, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Titanium and Zinc White acrylic paint, white acrylic  gesso, palette, glycerin, spray bottle, a range of synthetic paint brushes, graphite pencils,  metal palette knife, silicone spatula, baby wipes, cotton rags, photo reference 


Suggested Reading for the course - 

  • Contemporary Flowers in Mixed Media by Soraya French 
  • Dynamic Acrylics by Soraya French 

Booking your place and fee information

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you will be offered the course for free, however if you have a financial barrier which may prevent you from enrolling on the course  please visit our webpage for further information  https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/skills-learning/funding-your-courses/

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

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