Painting - Water Based

Acrylic painting with Brian Smith

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About this course

Learn to paint with acrylics and experiment with it's qualities including flexibility, vibrant colours, subtle tones and textures. Complete a landscape and a street scene.

Course Description

On this course you will learn how to work from dark to light using the pigment with thickness. You can use the medium similar to a watercolour, diluted, but on this occasion we will use the consistency similar to oil paint. Techniques include colour mixing, brushwork and composition. You will also learn about soft and hard edges, colour, and how to simplify the detail to create focus. The tutor will provide you with painting references as a starting point, and help you create your own individual responses to the subjects. He will guide you through your options as you create two paintings, one landscape and one street scene.

By the end of the course you will have increased confidence and knowledge of using acrylics, as well as how to tell a story in a painting.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing all materials for the course.


Brian Smith

People and Architecture are the main focus of Brian's watercolours striving to capture mood, light and atmosphere in daily life. His paintings have been exhibited at The Mall, Bankside and the RWA Bristol gaining awards. He has written articles for International Artist, The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines. He now demonstrates and tutors Watercolour nationally.

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