Acrylics Now

Acrylics Now
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 22 January 2020
  • Course duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks

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.

You will be encouraged to assemble images and identify your own potential subject matter, and you will find it beneficial to complete relevant homework and reflect on your approach to acrylics between sessions.

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This is a practical course and the subject is underpinned by theory and art historical references.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; it’s hands-on course and, whilst the focus is on acrylic paint as a specialised medium, there will be opportunities 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.

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.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

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.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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