Acrylic Studio Painting Class - Wednesday Night, 6-8:30

Acrylic Studio Painting Class.  Joan E Archer. Wednesday night, 6-8:30

Welcome to the upcoming Acrylic Studio Classes! I am pleased to be working with each of you! Here are some suggestions for supplies, and thoughts about painting. If you have more questions, pls leave me a message at the Gallery and I’ll get back to you.

Bring several photos you’ve taken, or use your phone, but chose a pic with good lighting, some rich darks, and some nice color. Beginners may want to start with a beach scene, or a mountain scene, fairly simple.

Tables and easels: I have two standing easels available and three table easels. You may want your own collapsible easel for painting at home.

Paints: One 24 jar set of Nova acrylics (opaque, not the bright set). This is a much less expensive way to get set up with a group of paints that is close to my palette.

Below is a list of colors I typically use. 

Titanium white, Naples Yellow, Vermillion or Cadmium Red Light, Rose Violet, Burnt Alizarin, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Violet, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue, Sap Green, Viridian Green, Ivory Black

Preparing the canvas:

Gesso your canvas with a neutral gray, or a Burnt sienna tone before class. Best to start with a toned canvas.

Size wise, I like an 18 x 24; you may want to start with a 16 x 20.

Purchase a slow-dry medium made for acrylics if you want more time to work the paint.

 Brushes: Filberts: 2 #8 flats; 1 #10 flat; 1 #10 Protégé, 550 filbert; 1 fan brush; 1 #4 round; 1 #2 round, da Vinci, kolinsky;

1 2” flat Princeton brush, synthetic

1 palette knife, #6

Paper towels and rags


Water container (Hobby Lobby) has sectional ones

Thin latex gloves


**Don’t panic if you can’t find specific brushes. You can add more brushes as needed. Also, it’s a good idea to label your brushes in some way, tape, or your name. 

Beginning painting tips:

Paint lean to fat. Try to keep to your original values as much as possible. The thick, brilliant paint is usually laid in towards the end of the painting.

Adding white always causes the color to become more opaque.

Reds and make nice greens, and can make nice good darks.

Whites are really never white, they always reflect the colors around them.

You can lead the eye through the painting with shape against shape, lights against darks, colors that compliment each other, and line.

Decide what you want to show the viewer from the beginning, a mood, a specific place, an abstracted subject, a ptg with just a few colors, a busy scene, a simple scene

Keep getting away from the ptg to see where you’re at.

Paintings are always seen from some distance initially.

Gallery phone: 425 774 5811

Private classes are also available, please contact Joan E. Archer for further information.

If you are unable to make it to your Reserved Workshop Spot, we have a 5 day cancellation policy. Those cancelling prior to 5 days will receive a full-refund. Failure to give proper cancellation notice will result in a refund of 50%.

Located at 535 Main Street Edmonds, WA 98020

Joan offers group and private classes in watercolor and oil. Classes take place in the sunny, from-room of Aria Studio Gallery. The atmosphere is relaxed, and supportive, giving each student the best environment for learning.

Joan has been an instructor in watercolor painting for over 30 years. “Teaching painting to others has been a life-long privilege. It’s rewarding to share with others, and I, also, learn a great deal from my students”.