Acrylics Now (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



This course is ideal for those people new to acrylics and those with some experience. It will cover the basic tenets of acrylics; the materiality of the paint, the support (board, canvas, paper or other) and the tools required to create different effects. Throughout the course there will be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques. On this course, you will: • complete colour mixing exercises • apply paint through traditional methods using a range of brushes • move on to more inventive mark-making with palette knives (to create impasto effects), as well as dripping and pouring diluted paint. You will be encouraged to assemble images and identify your own potential subject matter, and reflect on your approach to acrylics. You will have the opportunity to engage with the basic handling of materials and processes through a selection of tried and tested exercises, and you will be encouraged to look closely and respond to your own environment and cultural experience when realising a project. This is a practical course, and the subject is underpinned by theory and art historical references. The course introduction will include a brief overview of the relatively new tradition of acrylic. However, the focus will soon shift to contemporary uses of acrylic and artists using this medium will be explored and researched. The course is anchored in the stuff of acrylic painting; whilst the focus is on acrylic paint as a specialised medium, there will be opportunities to experiment – e.g. using it as mixed media and/or with collage techniques. What will I gain? By the end of the course you will have created a portfolio of new, innovative work. The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches. Level: Open to all. Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some painting experience are welcome. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You'll find bright drawing and painting studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'I particularly enjoyed gaining an understanding of different acrylics techniques and a curiosity to explore acrylics further. I loved learning in a group and seeing other students work.' SA 'This was a very enjoyable course. I have gained a good foundation in painting and feel very confident.' TZ 'I chose this course as I wanted to learn how to use Acrylic paint. I particularly enjoyed learning about the importance of colour. There was also a good amount of time to talk with the tutor and other students to share ideas and tips, which I really liked'. SB 'Excellent course, so much information learnt and skills that I have developed. Inspirational tutor, magic! JR 'This course has increased my confidence and I have gained loads of new ideas, especially in regards to colour theory. Very enjoyable class and the tutor was very helpful' Tutor Profile: Margot Shores has taught drawing and painting at the Royal Academy as well as schools and various universities and colleges. In addition to her BA and MA in Fine Art she has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training. Margot’s expertise lies in providing a studio situation in which everyone can achieve their individual goals. She specialises in experiential learning and questioning to enhance students creativity, offering a platform from which students own art can be launched. As a practising fine artist, Margot focuses on drawing and painting and undertakes commissions. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Maximum class size: 14


1 week

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Accommodation offered
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ