Essential Acrylic Techniques


This is a workshop for anyone new to acrylic as well as anyone who already paints in acrylic and wants to learn more acrylic techniques. Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in illustrated journals, textured abstract paintings, or traditional portrait paintings. Learning the essential techniques of acrylic painting to improve any art project.

Topics and exercises include:

• Mixing colors
• Transitioning to acrylic from other mediums
• Preparing painting surface for acrylic painting
• Blending and brush stroke techniques
• Create focal point with hard and soft edges
• Acrylic layering basics
• Painting opqauely vs. transparently
• Create subtle colors with a limited color palette
• Intro to color theory

Both online and in person workshops will include painting demos, student work feedback sessions, slideshow presentations, and eye training exercises. These combinations of activities are designed to help refine your painting techniques and observation skills. Photo references will be provided for all painting assignments. Students are welcome to bring their own photo references for their own paintings.

In person workshops will have extended painting sessions. During these sessions, students will get one-on-one mentoring from Wayne.

Online workshop students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to so they can paint along at home at their own pace. There will be critiques at the beginning of some of the classes.

Online workshop students are responsible for knowing how to:

Workshop level: all levels

Material List


Demo paintings from past workshops


Student artworks from past workshops