Drawing & Painting with Style and Confidence Presented by Anne Kullaf Anne Kullaf © 2008 Acrylic Basics & More
Course premise… <ul><li>This course is designed to provide a basic primer for students new to painting with Acrylics. It w...
Course Overview… <ul><li>During the 6 weeks that this course runs we will explore the following topics: </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Acrylics </li></ul><ul><li>Highly versatile: can be uses similarly to watercolor or oils </l...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Surface preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you choose to work in layers, similar to the wa...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paints – start out with a limited palette if you are new to a...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Supplies (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Palette – A plexiglass or disposal palette with a ca...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Transparent Acrylics with Water </li></ul><ul><li>Done on watercolor paper or canvas pad </l...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Working in layers </li></ul><ul><li>Always begin with an under painting (monochrome value st...
Methods and Materials <ul><li>Acrylics & Mixed Media </li></ul><ul><li>Acrylics are wonderful for experimentation </li></u...
Color
Color Basics <ul><li>Colors that complement one another should be used to create shadows and darks, in other words, colors...
The Limited Palette <ul><li>Try working with a limited palette of 3 primaries, one dark neutral and one white. One of my f...
Composition
Composition Basics <ul><li>Composition refers to the way you arrange the elements/objects contained in your painting in or...
Focal Point vs. Overall Movement <ul><li>There are many approaches to composition, all are a matter of personal preference...
<ul><li>Look for things that repeat to keep your composition cohesive and to engage your viewer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sha...
Tying it all together…
Tying it all together… <ul><li>Painting with acrylics provides an artist with a lot of options </li></ul><ul><li>You can w...
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Acrylic Basics & More

  1. 1. Drawing & Painting with Style and Confidence Presented by Anne Kullaf Anne Kullaf © 2008 Acrylic Basics & More
  2. 2. Course premise… <ul><li>This course is designed to provide a basic primer for students new to painting with Acrylics. It will cover the technical aspects of working with the materials as well as general concepts of color, composition and design. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Course Overview… <ul><li>During the 6 weeks that this course runs we will explore the following topics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Methods & Materials: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with water as a medium on paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with gel mediums and drying retarders on canvas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with complementary colors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with a limited palette </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Composition: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating balance with shape, value and color </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Acrylics </li></ul><ul><li>Highly versatile: can be uses similarly to watercolor or oils </li></ul><ul><li>Rich color can be achieved with layering </li></ul><ul><li>Fast drying: excellent medium for painting en plein air </li></ul>Purple Passions, acrylic on canvas Anne Kullaf © 2007
  5. 5. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Surface preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you choose to work in layers, similar to the way you would approach an oil painting, you may work in acrylic on a variety of surfaces: stretched canvas or linen, canvas panels, cradled masonite, masonite panels, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may also choose to work with only water as a medium, in which case you will want to work on watercolor paper, or a paper designed for any water-based media </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paints – start out with a limited palette if you are new to acrylics: cobalt blue or ultramarine; alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, burnt umber and titanium white. Other colors that are nice to have include dioxazine violet, bright crimson and sap green </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medium – again, you may choose to use just water as your medium or you may experiment with gel mediums that extend the drying time. This is particularly useful if you are working wet-into-wet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brush cleaner – there are several non-toxic varieties available. Be sure to clean brushes thoroughly when working with acrylics, as they may become very stiff and dry if not fully cleaned </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Supplies (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Palette – A plexiglass or disposal palette with a case and cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brushes – I prefer soft brushes in a flat or wedge shape, however you should work with whatever shape or stiffness works best for you. I often complete an entire painting using just one brush—my favorite is a ¾” flat brush with soft synthetic bristles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Painting rags – old flannel sheets cut into small 6” x 6” squares are great for this purpose, you can use them to wipe off your brush when changing colors, or to wipe out areas during your under painting phase (almost like drawing with them) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Transparent Acrylics with Water </li></ul><ul><li>Done on watercolor paper or canvas pad </li></ul><ul><li>Layering and glazing </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent technique for plein air </li></ul><ul><li>Loose brushwork, very expressive </li></ul><ul><li>Great for producing studies for larger works </li></ul>Plein air study, acrylic on canvas pad Anne Kullaf © 2008
  9. 9. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Working in layers </li></ul><ul><li>Always begin with an under painting (monochrome value study, medium = water) </li></ul><ul><li>Map in color transparently (muted colors, medium = water) </li></ul><ul><li>Begin adding medium and dark values with more opacity, finish with highlights and fine details (medium = gel medium with retarder to extend drying time) </li></ul>Purple Passions, acrylic on canvas Anne Kullaf © 2007
  10. 10. Methods and Materials <ul><li>Acrylics & Mixed Media </li></ul><ul><li>Acrylics are wonderful for experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Try them in conjunction with pastel, drawing ink, charcoal or any other medium of your choice </li></ul><ul><li>They are also excellent as an under painting layer for oils </li></ul>Urban Landscape study, acrylic and pastel on watercolor paper, Anne Kullaf © 2008
  11. 11. Color
  12. 12. Color Basics <ul><li>Colors that complement one another should be used to create shadows and darks, in other words, colors that appear opposite one another on the color wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Example: if you need show a shaded area on a lemon (yellow, primary color) use violet (secondary color) </li></ul><ul><li>Mix your secondary colors whenever possible instead of using them directly from the tube </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Limited Palette <ul><li>Try working with a limited palette of 3 primaries, one dark neutral and one white. One of my favorites is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cobalt blue - Burnt umber </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alizarin crimson - Titanium white </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow ochre </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may experiment with other colors you like, just remember to keep it to 3 primaries and one dark neutral plus white. </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, you can always add in a brighter primary for the areas in highlight—for example, I often will use a cadmium yellow in addition to the colors above when working on sunlit landscapes just to get that extra “glow” in my greens. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Composition
  15. 15. Composition Basics <ul><li>Composition refers to the way you arrange the elements/objects contained in your painting in order to create and maintain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewer interest </li></ul></ul>Study of Califon, acrylic on watercolor paper Anne Kullaf © 2008
  16. 16. Focal Point vs. Overall Movement <ul><li>There are many approaches to composition, all are a matter of personal preference and what you want to say with your painting </li></ul><ul><li>For example, you may wish to have an overall sense of movement rather than a strong focal point—either one can work but each will convey a different mood and feeling in your finished work </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Look for things that repeat to keep your composition cohesive and to engage your viewer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directional movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look for examples of </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the items listed above </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in the painting at right </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Composition Basics Blue Iris, acrylic on canvas Anne Kullaf © 2007
  18. 18. Tying it all together…
  19. 19. Tying it all together… <ul><li>Painting with acrylics provides an artist with a lot of options </li></ul><ul><li>You can work on many different surfaces, canvas pads or watercolor paper are a great surface to practice on </li></ul><ul><li>You can work either in layers or wet-into-wet </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on shapes and values – sketch in charcoal first! </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with larger brushes for looser, more painterly brushwork </li></ul><ul><li>Use complementary colors for shading </li></ul><ul><li>Try working with a limited palette </li></ul><ul><li>Acrylics are excellent for painting en plein air </li></ul><ul><li>Acrylics are also good for mixed media projects, try them in conjunction with pastel or ink </li></ul>

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