Course Overview

Explore the world of acrylics while you learn to paint shape and form with little drawing. This technique emphasizes color, space and composition, value and texture, contrast and balance. The course also covers the principles of design, the medium, techniques, mood and meaning, and the elements of art.

Please note: First class is mandatory for all students.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the technique and materials required to paint beautiful paintings with acrylic
  • Learn to create depth and vibrancy in your art
  • Learn about composition
  • Learn to layer paint
  • Learn how to critique artworks, be able to provide and receive constructive feedback on your works and others.

Who Should Attend

This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate painters.

Additional Information

Supply List:

  • 2 oz. tubes of:

1 Pthalocyanine (Pthalo) Blue 
1 Ultramarine Blue
1 Cadmium Yellow Medium
1 Primary Red or Quinechrodone
1 Titanium White
1 Zinc White (also called mixing white)

  • One 4oz Liquitex Gloss Medium
  • 3 primed/stretched canvases,18 x 24" or 16x 20" (and can use canvas board, board or tempered Masonite)
  • palette knife (plastic is best and lasts forever, cheaper, too)
  • palette - look for paper palettes sold in art supply stores or something flat. Some use a piece of cardboard and wrap Freezer paper around it each time they paint. Please stay away from tiny round areas to put paints in as they are for watercolors.
  • apron
  • several large size plastic cups (to hold water for cleaning brushes)
  • 4 paint brushes(for painting with acrylics), round or flat, (1/4”, 1⁄2: 1”or 2”), NOT the white bristles—they are for oil painting but get stiff, manageable brushes (made for acrylic use is best), not soft.
  • white chalkboard chalk (can find at hardware stores).

Approximately $90 for all supplies, depending on name brands. Try using Basics brand; it is for student painting and much cheaper. You can always invest in better grade acrylics if you decide to continue painting.

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In-Person Class
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Jul 11, 2024 to Aug 15, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $189.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024

UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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