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Acrylic Painting for Beginners


with Pat Casey, RSU5 Community Programs

Calendar Sep 26, 2019 at 9:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

New to painting? Interested in trying a new medium? Join us for a fun and learning. In 8 weeks, we will learn to mix colors and to use basic tools, gesso, and painting supports (canvas, wood, etc.). Create appealing still life compositions and experiment with texture, color, and contrast. Work at your own pace in your own style with Pat Casey, an experienced instructor and painter. Provide your own materials (listed on our website). Students can email Pat at with questions, including where to buy materials, etc.  


Materials List for Beginners Acrylic Painting

Bring a positive attitude and a sense of humor. This is a beginner painting class, and we were all beginners at first! Expect to have fun and learn a lot; don’t expect perfection.

Necessary Materials:

Paints: Avoid buying hues if possible—the color does not have the same intensity. (You may only find Alizarin Crimson hues.) Artist quality is best; these are heavy-body acrylics. These are the only colors you need, as we’ll be learning how to mix our colors.

Cadmium Yellow

Light Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Red

Light Alizarin Crimson

Titanium White

Ivory Black Small tube (2 oz.) is fine for black.

You may need larger tubes of white and colors.

Heavy Body Acrylic Gesso—This provides a stable base coat on your canvas or other support.

Paintbrushes—please choose long-handled artist brushes (not craft brushes). Hogs hair is a sturdy, affordable option.

Recommended sizes: #12 Bright, #6 Bright, and #2 Bright Palette Knife—your choice of size(s), metal or plastic Palette or Palette Paper (a wet palette keeps paint from drying out)

Canvas--8 x 10 is a good size.

We’ll talk about supports in the first class. Canvas board is ok for practicework, but not recommended for paintings.

Sturdy container that won’t tip (at least 12 oz.) for water, dirty brushes. (I like an old coffee mug.)

Clean, lint-free rags (old T-shirts are great) and/or paper towels

Optional Materials:

Tabletop easel (recommended, but not essential)

Color Wheel

Additional canvases or other painting supports (wood panel, for example)

Artist Pencils, eraser

Some painters prefer to draw first; I do not draw. Your choice!

Acrylic Gel Medium, matte or gloss (I’ll explain what they are and how to use them.)

You will need to transport your tools each week. I recommend a large canvas tote or large plastic tool box. Some like a rolling case for easy transport.

I also recommend wax paper or baking parchment to cover your work during transport to and from class.

You also want an apron or large shirt to cover your clothing, or wear something you don’t mind getting paint on. Although acrylic paints are washable with soap and water, they will stain fabrics.

Local art supply stores sometimes offer a discount for students, so ask! There are many online sources for art supplies.

I have used Utrecht, Cheap Joe’s, and Dick Blick.

Feel free to email instructor withquestions about art supplies: “Painting Class” in the subject line.

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners TBA


with Michelle Mishaan, Houlton/Hodgdon Adult & Community Education

This class will cover the basics needed to feel more comfortable with this medium. 

We will learn about the numerous supplies and techniques

of watercolor as well as creating well-designed paintings. 

Each class will cover topics of interest, demonstrations of techniques and plenty of time for exploration by the students at their own level. 


Acrylic Painting for Beginners through Intermediate


with Vincent Carducci, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Sep 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks
In the spirit of exploring possibilities, we will work with materials and methods - that is, the nature of acrylic paint, composing on a particular canvas, the nature of color and color harmony, values, line and edges, contour relationships, and building the surface. Nothing is taken for granted, and we will work from classroom set-ups. With focus and craftsmanship, we arrive at surprising and exciting results. Please request a materials list on registration.

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Acrylic Pour - Dips


with Tara Finlay, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Nov 2, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 1 week
Learn a new recipe and a new way to use pour paint to create art. You will be making four mini canvases or four tiles that can be finished at home to be made into coasters. There is a $35 materials fee payable to the instructor the day of the class. You will be taking your pieces home in a container provided by the instructor.

Acrylic Pour - Dutch Method


with Tara Finlay, Portland Adult Education

Calendar Oct 19, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 1 week
This acrylic pouring method has a interesting twist. Learn the special recipe for mixing paint to do the popular Dutch pour. If you've tried this method at home with your blow dryer, learn how to do it without the blow dryer. We'll use a deep cradled canvas to display our abstract painting which often looks like an abstract flower. All materials included for $40 payable to instructor the night of class. No experience necessary. Appropriate for absolute beginners to professional artists who want to learn fluid painting methods.

Acrylic Pour Dips


with Tara Finlay, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Nov 14, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Acrylic dips are a combination of acrylic pour painting and monoprints. You will learn the special recipe to make paint suitable for dipping, choose a color scheme, and will dip 4 mini canvases or tiles to make art to hang or to turn into coasters later at home. Photo shows a variety of color schemes. You will be taking your pieces home in a container provided by the instructor. A $30 materials fee is payable to instructor the night of class.




Acrylic Pour: Dips


with Tara Finlay, Biddeford Adult Education

Calendar Next session starts Oct 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the specific recipe for making acrylic dips, where the paint is poured onto a surface and the canvas is dipped into it. They come out looking like beautiful abstract flowers! You have the choice to make either four mini canvases or four coasters on tile (Coasters will need to be sealed and backed at home.) The instructor will provide a container for you to take your items home in.

Acting for Beginners


with Irene Dennis, Orono-Hampden-Old Town Adult Ed Partnership

Calendar Oct 15, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The craft of acting can benefit anyone. This 6 week class will open youreyes to a whole new world. Through theatre games and script study, the class will explore what happens behind the scenes, its more than just learning lines! Theatre games are a great way to exercise the mind and improve concentration, and can result in a new sense of self-confidence. No experience necessary!


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