131-Intro to Acrylic Painting

This class is designed to develop skills to work with acrylic paints. Through experimentation on various surfaces with acrylic paints, students will learn about the advantages and limitations of using acrylic paint, how they differ from oil and other paint mediums, and how to overcome common challenges. This class will also focus on basic techniques in painting, such as color, blending, mixing, layering, brush types, stroke quality, preparing surfaces, and preserving work. 


Level: Adult and Teens 16+ - Basic knowledge of drawing and sketching would be beneficial but is not mandatory.


Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


-Pencil & some paper or sketchbook
-Palette (Can be palette paper, a plastic or paper plate, anything available to you)
-Watercolor paper, Canvas Board to start. *Option later in the class to try different surfaces: stretched canvas, unstretched canvas, gesso boards, etc. Students can wait to purchase these
-Acrylic Paint: suggested colors: Titanium White, Paynes Gray, Burnt Umber, & Primary Colors (Red, Yellow, and Blue – Some suggested primary colors to try: Cadmium Red, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, or other colors that speak to you.) Students are not limited to these colors and are welcome to use additional colors of their choice. 

-Matte Medium 

-Gloss, Satin, or Matte Varnish (not necessary until the end of class, and is optional)
-Brushes: Brushes of various sizes (A pre-packaged variety pack of small to medium size brushes is fine or you can purchase individually: round brush, filbert and a flat brush of your choosing (consider a variety of sizes)
-Large cup or container for paint water, and plastic saran wrap.
-If you have a spray bottle to fill with water, bring it along, if not, no problem!


About the Instructor

Ali Williams

Ali M Williams is an international exhibiting artist and public muralist from Philadelphia. She has been a visiting teaching artist at Lycée Rochambeau (The French International School), The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Moore College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, Project Learn School, The Hillside School, The Big Picture Program, and Riverside Correctional Facility. Ali has worked with numerous education and community outreach programs such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Morris Home (the only trans and non binary recovery home in the country), Mural Arts Philadelphia, Fairton Correctional Institution, The Restorative Justice Program, The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Bancroft (a nonprofit provider of programs and services for individuals with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities and those in need of neurological rehabilitation), and many more. In addition to her public mural work, Ali is a trauma informed yoga and movement practitioner and a certified sexual assault counselor. Her training and compassionate nature enable her to connect deeply to her students and the communities she serves.Some of her clients include Zappos, Primark, Nasdaq, Marriott Hotels, The Wells Fargo Center, Target, Verizon, The NFL, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Website: www.alimwilliams.com 


Class Details

January 11 - February 08, 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Days: Thursday

Tuition: $182

Member Tuition: $157

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Winter 2024

Level: Adult and Teens 16+ (Beginner)

Instructor: Ali Williams

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