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ART 199 — An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—May 30
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm 
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $560
Instructor(s): Yvette Deas
Limit: 17
On-campus course
6:30—9:00 pm 
Apr 4—May 30
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
Yvette Deas
Painting with acrylic paint offers us a flexibility unparalleled by other media. Acrylic can be altered to resemble everything from watercolor to oil paint to cement. In this introductory course, we will examine four different periods in art history as our inspiration for practice with the many ways we can paint with acrylic. We will begin by learning color theory and different paint applications through abstract painting, taking as our inspiration Wassily Kandinsky, Richard Diebenkorn, Hans Hofmann, and J.W. Turner. Using thick, impasto paint, we will steal strategies from the Impressionists and adapt them to our personal projects with today’s technologies. We will explore the expressive gesture and figurative distortion, using acrylic more thinly with charcoal, creating dramatic effects and working on several different surfaces, including paper bags. We will finish by exploring ways to blend convincingly with acrylics, using different media to render images realistically. Each segment of the course will include a slide lecture.

No previous painting or drawing experience is required.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $400–$500 on these materials. The instructor will supply a materials list before the course begins.

Yvette Deas, Lecturer, Art & Art History, Stanford

Yvette Deas has shown work regionally and nationally. Primarily a realist, figurative painter, she focuses on the idiosyncratic and personal. Deas received an MFA from Stanford, as well as the Centennial Teaching Award.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.