Introduction to Observational Painting with Acrylics

CE 181 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: March 6 – 20
  • Times: 6 – 9 PM
  • Meetings: 3
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Instructor: Jason Ward


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This class will help you strengthen your observation painting skills and learn how to design a compelling composition. To achieve this we’ll learn to simplify what we see while using both linear and atmospheric perspective. We will focus on perspective, volume, color, and painting technique as well as design and observational study.
The class will also cover material handling and how to represent different surfaces and textures. We will be learning through brief lectures with examples from art history, demonstrations by the instructor, and as much one on one time as possible. You will have the opportunity to work on a series of smaller “studies” or spend more time dedicated to creating finished paintings. In addition to paintings, you will complete this course with an understanding of the artistic principles that will help you continue to work directly from observation.
Image by instructor Jason Ward

This course must meet minimum enrollment by February 28 in order to run. Register today! 

Supply List

  • Acrylic Paints: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Windsor Newton make good quality inexpensive acrylic paints.
  • Brushes: A variety of brush sizes and shapes for Acrylic paints.
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette: Glass, wood, or plastic artist palettes are best, a pad of palette paper is fine. Avoid water color palettes, paper plates, tin foil, or other non-palette surfaces
  • Minimum size 11″ x 17 Canvas, Panel, or Heavy Bodied Paper surface: canvas will need several coats of gesso to give a smooth surface, Masonite, MDF, or Birchwood panel may only need one or two coats of gesso, Watercolor or Bristol Vellum paper may only need one coat of gesso *Note paper may curl or wrinkle while applying gesso, if so keep your coats thin and press paper under a weight for a few hours.
  • Gesso
  • Water Jar
  • Paper Towels
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