Dates:October 28 - December 16, 2020
Meets:W from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM No class Nov 25., 6 sessions
Location:Renaissance Academy 108
Instructor:Shelby Carroll Shields
Fee: $99.00


Step into the world of acrylic painting! Learn various painting techniques, how to mix any color you desire, and the importance of principles and elements in art. For all levels including those who are advanced and have the desire to continue to grow in their art.

Please come with at least three photograph options to choose from that you would be interested in painting. 

Supply List.


HEAVY body paint brands such as Liquitex, Golden, and M. Graham are very high quality; Utretcht and Winsor & Newton would be the brands also instructor recommend if you do not get the other brands.

 *try to avoid color names with the word “hue” in it if possible*

**Suggested colors: you want both “warm” and “cool” reds, yellows, and blue with some earth tones. Instructor suggestions but you can have as many colors as you’d like! It is typically recommend learning with a limited pallete in order to master color mixing and color theory. (min 2 oz tubes)

 -magenta or quinacridone magenta

-cadmium red medium -viridian green

-cadmium yellow light

-hansa yellow medium or lemon yellow

 - ultramarine blue

-cerulean blue or phthalo blue

-burnt umber

- burnt sienna


-titanium white

-mixing white or zinc white

*if you would rather use the cadmium free paint, they do make paint that is “cad-free”


There are a wide variety of mediums that you can use for acrylic. Mediums help your paint last longer, flow better while you are painting, and create the “finish” you would like for your art work. I would recommend trying matte and gloss to see what you prefer if you have never used medium before. However, you could just get either glossy or matte then another recommended Here is what I recommend for beginners (8-16 oz)

- Blick Matte Medium and/or Blick Gloss Medium

-slow dry medium (liquitex has a few types)

Not required or recommended: flow aid medium (blick or liquitex)


You are going to want a variety of long and/or short handle synthetic brushes and sizes (XS, S, M, L, and XL). Usually my very small brushes are short handle brushes and the other sizes are long handle – it just depends on your preference. I recommend getting brushes at Blick and Amazon for the best deals. Here are my recommendations, but I just want you to have brushes that range from very small to large.

-I would have a brush that is an XL flat to cover large areas.

-filbert brushes (sizes 2, 4, 6, 10)

-flat brushes ( sizes 2, 4, 8, 12)

- round brushes ( sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, 8)

-one fan brush of a medium size


-mixed media sketchbook (8”x10” or bigger if your prefer)

-number 2 pencils/ 2B pencils (if you have a variety of drawing pencils already, you can bring those)

-kneaded eraser

-white eraser

-pen for taking notes

- at least 2 canvases of whatever size you like, but keep in mind you probably do not want a canvas bigger than 16” x 20” when you are learning (either gallery wrapped or standard depending on your budget)

-paint pallete or tray (plastic works fine)

-2-3 pallete knives (plastic or metal)

-brush cleaner/ soap (Mona Lisa PINK soap or Masters Brush Cleaner or other)

-cup for holding water

-an apron, smock, or XL Tee you can wear while painting to avoid stains

-an art sponge

-at least one roll of paper towels

-container to hold your paint and supplies

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