Introducing Acrylic Painting

A painting of three pears and a small white ceramic cup
Still life exercise 2 by Nicola Dickson

Introducing Acrylic Painting

With Nicola Dickson

6-8:30pm Tuesdays

10 May – 14 June 2022

$430 per person

Includes all materials for painting but please bring an apron or old shirt, acrylic paint stains clothes! Also please bring a water spray bottle if you have one.

Have you ever wondered how to start a painting? This course will use a step by step approach to demonstrate traditional painting techniques that can allow you to convert something you see into a painting. You will practice these techniques by completing three different still life paintings in class using acrylic paint and mediums. The course is suitable for beginner painters or those new to using acrylics. There will be a focus on learning how to get the best from acrylic paints and understanding colour and tone relationships in paintings.

Workshop Content

Weeks 1 & 2
Learn to recognise and make different tones by converting a black and white photograph of a still life arrangement into a monochrome painting.

Weeks 3 & 4
Learn how to mix colours that you see using only 5 different paints on your palette by completing a painting based on a colour copy of a still life set up.

Weeks 5 & 6
Working from an actual still life arrangement set up in the classroom you will learning how to plan and compose a painting, mixing new colours to complete the work

About Nicola Dickson

Nicola Dickson is a Canberra artist who completed a Bachelor of Visual Art in 2003 and a PhD in 2010. Although Nicola enjoys using a range of processes to make her artworks she is primarily a painter working in oil, acrylic and watercolor media.

Nicola exhibits regularly and has been a finalist in many competitive exhibitions including the Sulman, Waterhouse Natural Science, Kilgour, and Hadley’s Art Prizes. She also has been selected for residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris in 2017 and at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Rhode Island in 2019. Nicola is represented by Beaver Galleries, Deakin.


Facebook: @Nicola.Dickson.artist

Instagram: @nicola_j_dickson

More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

We are committed to your safety. Workshops at Belco Arts are well ventilated and have a maximum capacity of 13 people, including the tutor. Individual workspaces are socially distanced, with masks and hand sanitiser readily available. We encourage workshop participants to be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations where possible, and highly recommend the use of masks when in workshops (even if not required by ACT health directives). If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us.