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ART 199 — An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 13
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm 
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $590
Instructor(s): Yvette Deas
Limit: 17
Status: Open
6:30—9:30 pm 
Jan 16—Mar 13
9 weeks
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Jan 29
2 Units
Yvette Deas
Painting with acrylics offers us a flexibility unparalleled by other media. Acrylic paint can be manipulated to resemble everything from watercolor to oil paint to cement. In this introductory course, we will focus on skill-building with paintings that will help you to feel confident in your approach to this medium. We will begin with interactive demonstrations of paint, painting setup, blending, and usage of different acrylic mediums, from slow dry to hard molding paste. Our first guided painting together will be abstract, allowing us to focus on composition, value, and color, and will be completed in one class. In the next two paintings, we will break down technique into two areas: smooth, thin blending and loose, thick (impasto) application. In the first, we will paint a metal object (provided), using precision, and in the next, we will create a close crop of ocean waves in class, working more loosely. The final painting will be one of your choosing, with class and instructor feedback to help you select image and strategy, and time to work on these paintings in class together.

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.

Yvette Deas, Lecturer, Art & Art History, Stanford

Yvette Deas’s work focuses on the idiosyncratic and personal, and the metaphoric potential within the human form. She received an MFA from Stanford, as well as the Centennial Teaching Award. Recently, her work was part of the traveling group exhibition, With Liberty and Justice for Some..., and her “Dissection Series” is on view at Stanford’s Division of Clinical Anatomy. She has an upcoming exhibition in San Diego at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, beginning January 2018. Her work can be viewed at yvettedeas.org.

Textbooks for this course:

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