Monday, September 1, 2008

Acrylic technique practice

I had SUCH fun today! This fall I will be teaching a class called “Beyond the Palette: Experimental Acrylic Techniques.” In anticipation, today I made pages of the various techniques we will be working on in class, to hand around to the students so they can see actual examples. Some of them are as familiar as breathing to me, as I’ve been using them in my own paintings for years. Others I have never tried before.

I’ve been referring to my favorite acrylic how-to books: “The New Acrylics” by Rheni Tauchid, and two books by Claudine Hellmuth, “Collage Discovery Workshop” and “Beyond the Unexpected.” I am bound to admit that several of the techniques in these books absolutely DID NOT work for me, despite the fact that they are touted as “easy” or “simple,” and I had to abandon them. But the ones that do work are SO beautiful that all is forgiven.

The absolute best ones are Claudine Hellmuth’s “Elmer’s Glue Crackle” and “Layered Masking Tape.”

Can’t wait to teach this class! It’s intended for K-12 teachers who are earning master’s degrees in education or professional development points. I am sure my students’ students will LOVE these applications when they practice them in the classroom.


Anonymous said...

Oh, what fun, Catherine! I'd love to sign up! I don't know which is more fun -- teaching or attending classes.

Catherine Carter said...

Martha, this was just like playing! Amazing, all the effects you can get from acrylic. Wish you could take the class, too -- we would all benefit from your considerable expertise and love of painting.