04) Acrylic Painting (Basics)

This painting class deals with relatively simple, straightforward subjects. They're intended to be building blocks to help you develop your painting skills. You've got to learn to walk with your paint brush if you want to run wild with it and your imagination successfully.

While there are a few tried-and-true techniques all beginners should try out, don't limit yourself to the basics! Mix and match methods and techniques, exploring the ways of painting that feel right to you. As you develop your skills, you'll notice that your techniques will become refined into your own unique method of creating art.

Class Outline

  • Choose appropriate materials, surfaces, and tools for acrylic painting and know the compositional make-up of acrylics
  • Learn a simple painting exercise to understand Values
  • Paint directly, mixing and applying colors as they are observed.
  • Mix mediums to alter the behavior of acrylic paint.
  • Paint with various painting knives to create "impasto" effects.
  • Create Abstract and Non-Objective paintings
  • Continue with the painting
  • Finishing up the art work and presenting 

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class.

  • Set of acrylic paints in primary colors and optional colors
  • Set of acrylic paintbrushes
  • Foam brush
  • Set of painting (palette) knives
  • Painting surface - canvas, wood, paper
  • Artist’s palette
  • Rag/paper towels
  • Cup or jar of water
  • Soap for clean-up
  • Varnish
  • Drying retarder
  • Gloves

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Fri, 18 Jan, 2019
Sat, 9 Feb, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays
9:00 am - 11:00 am
VCUQatar, Room 255
QAR 1000


Maya Ismail

Maya Ismail is a Lebanese/Colombian and holds a BA in Arts and Graphic Design. She is a hands-on, experienced art teacher, guiding students in various arts as well as developing their creativity. She designs and creates active lessons engaging learners to reach their fullest potential of creative production.

Ismail develops concepts and artwork, creating graphic design solutions from concept through to completion. She is responsible for developing and creating both digital and print designs for a wide range of print, publications, and advertising. “Multi-culture is my passion; traveling and discovering art in history books inspires my work.”