Adult Beginning Acrylic Class
Instructor: John Helms
Hobby Lobby / 2017
Grumbacher "Academy Acrylics” brand acrylic fine art paint in tubes is what I recommend for beginners – I like and use Grumbacher now more than Liquitex because they have more pigment in them and less water and the color is more vivid when dry than Liquitex.
Gesso: There are two different types of gesso - thick and thin. You want the thick kind. The thick kind and has a white label with big black letters, "Liquitex Basics Gesso" on the front - if you buy it at some other art supply store be sure to ask the clerk for Liquitex Basics ( thick ) Gesso. This is very important.
The brushes you'll need are No. 6, & 1 0 natural "hogs hair" bright bristle brushes. I recommend the "Robert Simmons" brand that Hobby Lobby sell- they have long white handles and black ferrules. The hogs hair is long and flat at the end and are called "Flats". Hobby Lobby has sales on brushes regularly. There is another cheap brush set I like for making leaves, shrubs and grass - they are natural colored long handles and natural long hogs hair, bristle brushes called "Flats" and sell for about $8.00 for a set of 10 brushes. It is in a flat, plastic blister pack with a blue backing card and says" Paint Brush Set" at the top .
There is also an inexpensive assortment of small brushes wrapped in black canvas in a round plastic tube. It sells for under $10 retail at Michaels and is a good buy for the money for smaller detailed work.
Number 5 Rigger Brush ( a long, thin Brush for painting branches of trees and grass. ) I recommend "American Painter" brand for this brush, but if you can't find that brand, any brand will do.
Painting Surface and Related Items:
Miscellaneous Items – You’ll need all of these.
Recommended Art Books:
I switch between the following acrylic books by Jerry Yarnell for teaching in class- Each book has color step-by-step instructions and several paintings to choose from. The average class painting usually takes 6 to 8 weeks ( 12-16 hours ) to complete.
Other Recommended Art Books:
· Every Saturday at 1:30pm - Channel 10, WKNO ( PBS Network, Memphis, TN. ) will have an fine-art related program on.
· Also AMC Network has art programs from time to time..
Art Supplies and Student Discounts: Since art supplies are so expensive buy them wherever you can find them on sale. My students get a discount off their art supplies at some art supply stores if you show them your art supplies list. Ask the cashier if there is a student discount at Hobby Lobby. Other sources for buying art supplies is www.dickblick.com , www.cheapjoes.com, www.jerrysartarama.com, www.hofcraf.com, - They will also mail you a free catalogue if you ask for it.
Recommended Artist Forums on the Internet: www.wetcanvas.com This is by far the largest international forum on the internet for artists. There are many channels on many categories to choose from and in each of these channels are many, many forums chock full with good information and good artists to learn from. Any artist on any level of experience can benefit from these forums.
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