Acrylic painting for beginners with Charlie Hawksfield

From £70

 Wednesday 30 March, and 6 and 13 April

7:00pm – 9:00pm (BST)

18 spaces available

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What you will get from taking this online course:    

  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of acrylic painting such as form, shadow and composition  
  • Confidence when selecting a colour scheme 
  • Knowledge of key artists in the fields of colour, still life and figuration  
  • An understanding of how to critically engage with different genres of painting, such as still life and portraiture  
  • An abstract piece of work created by the student and small studies of their own design  
  • Elephant Academy Technique Takeaway: Understand how to use colour theory 

Under the guidance of artist Charlie Hawksfield, this three-week course will provide students with an exploration of the various techniques of acrylic painting. Focusing first on an introduction to colour, in each class students will learn the relationship between colour and the acrylic medium. Students will apply their colour theory skills to still life and figurative subjects, to create original acrylic artworks.  

In the first class, students will discuss the history of colour theory. Charlie will raise a few key texts for the students to explore further and show images of colourful paintings by key artists such as Josef Albers. Students will use masking tape and acrylic paint to do some colour experiments and create their own abstract, block-pattern painting. In the second class, students will learn about form and the basics of building a picture. Charlie will provide an overview of artists who have used inanimate objects to create dramatic paintings. Using acrylic paint, students will create a still life painting using a range of formal acrylic techniques. The third class will focus on the popularity of figuration in contemporary acrylic painting. Students will discuss why acrylic painting has become so commercial in the art world and apply this knowledge to their own figurative acrylic painting. 


Additional materials you will need:  

  • A board to lean on  
  • Water  
  • Masking tape 


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.