Contemporary Acrylic Art with Rachel Helson
$222.00 - $267.00
13 February to 9 April (No class 2 April)
8 Week Course
Embark on a creative journey with Rachel’s Contemporary Acrylic Art class, where the vibrant world of colours comes to life. Delve into the essentials of acrylic painting as she guides you through the intricacies of colour theory, the role of value, and the nuances of composition and design principle. Uncover the secrets of colour mixing to elevate your palette. Join Rachel in mastering the art of acrylics and witness the transformation of your ideas into a captivating contemporary artwork.
If you have a love of painting but frustrated with your results, or just don’t know where to start then this is the class for you.
Over the eight week course Rachel will guide you through the process of finding a reference (or bring your own), simplifying it to a basic composition, determining what colours to use and how to mix a harmonised pallet. Once your idea is ready for the canvas Rachel will demonstrate the techniques and tools used to achieve a contemporary painting style.
About Rachel Helson:
A self taught artist with 25+ painting experience, I work in both acrylic and oil paints, and also enjoy sculpturing with paper mache. I painted in a realistic style until 3-4 years ago when I fell in love with abstracts and have been refining my abstract style ever since. This has led me to experimenting with different gels, pastes, mediums and collage. I enjoy sharing what I have learnt with other creatives.
(This applies to newcomers; repeating students may have continuing work or starting a new composition)
1. Introduction to differences in paints, supports and tools. A look at different examples of contemporary landscapes. Selection of reference picture and defining the composition.
2. The importance of value. how to use it for an interesting compostition. Make a five value scale and quickly paint a value sketch of composition.
3. Colour mixing, using limited palettes, how to create colour harmony and how to use a colour wheel to select a colour strategy. Exercises in creating personal colour charts. Quickly apply chosen colours to one or two small sketches (this may begin in week 2 if get through value sketches quickly)
4. Transfer composition to chosen support (canvas, canvas board, acrylic paper). Lay down underpainting. Begin applying layers, working from dark to light and using demonstrated techniques.
4-8. Continue painting layers with guidance from tutor as needed.
Paints: You will need artist quality paint, not student quality. If you want a cheaper option, Reeves Fine Artist or Pebeo Studio are ok for the purposes of this course. But be aware the cheaper the paint, the less pigment in them and therefore less coverage and vibrancy. Avoid Chromacryl
Colours: one warm and one cool version of each primary. E.g.
Warm: Indian yellow or Cadmium yellow medium; cadmium red light or scarlet; ultramarine blue.
Cool: Cadmium yellow light or lemon yellow; Alizarin Crimson or Quinacrodone magenta; Prussian blue
Carbon black and titanium white.
Brushes: Nylon flats are best. range of sizes from 1.5cm to 5cm wide. Other tools will be discussed in class.
Pencil and sketch book/pad for planning composition, value sketches , making paint charts etc
Apron or old shirt
Note regarding payment:
When you check out we offer two options for payment - internet banking or credit card. Our preference is internet banking as:
- We get the money the next day rather than 10 days later
- We don't pay credit card fees of approximately 2%
- It's much quicker for the Centre Manager to administrate
On completing your order you'll be given the bank account number.