Vibrant or subtle colours, thin like watercolours or thick like oils, quick drying and lightfast; acrylics are endlessly versatile. Suitable for all abilities, this course will give participants the opportunity to try different methods of applying the paint, creating a variety of effects. We will explore texture, detail, blending, glazing, scumbling and impasto, leading to participants making informed choices in future work.
Materials List Acrylic Paints I prefer Liquitex, Sennelier or Golden but almost any make will do. Avoid any make that gives huge tubes for very little money, as the quality will be poor.
Brushes Nylon brushes are best: I prefer to use filberts or the flat, square shapes, plus a fine detail brush.
Supports: e.g. your choice of hardboard or MDF or canvas/ canvasboard or stretched watercolour paper. MDF or hardboard will need a coat of primer (or matt household emulsion) first.
Palette knife or painting knife
Small spray bottle: The sort sold in chemists for travellers.
Sponge: the car wash type, not the natural sort.
Newspaper: for protecting your worktop and for cleaning up.
White ceramic tile or palette
Table easel (optional)
If you have any questions feel free to contact Jackie. Contact details are on her website.
Artist’s Profile Jackie Garner trained at Medway College of Design before becoming Nature in Art’s first education officer. She is now a professional artist who specialises in portraying wildlife, taking inspiration from encountering wildlife in its natural habitat.
Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, and is a contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine. She has exhibited with many art societies, including the National Exhibition Wildlife Art, the Society of Wildlife Artists, BirdScapes Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and has held solo exhibitions in London and Gloucestershire. Jackie is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.