1 Oct 2023 - 15 Oct 2023

Beginner’s Acrylic Painting

Venue Bluecoat
Admission £135
Start Time 12:00
End Time 16:00

This painting course will be open to all abilities from complete beginners to those who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since school, to those who use art as a hobby, as well as artists wanting to develop their own work and practice. Over the course of 3 weeks, you will develop your awareness of painting using acrylic as a unique means of visual communication.

Each session will give you the opportunity to use your imagination and develop those inventive processes alongside traditional and contemporary techniques. You will make art as an artist does and develop your project from its conceptual beginning to its physical end. The course will help you develop a deeper understanding of art and how as practitioners we think and realise work.

Day 1: Introduction

  • Basics of acrylic paint, properties, and solvents
  • Properties of colour: value, saturation, and hue
  • Colour theory: primary, secondary, and the rest; colour mixing
  • Making value and saturation charts
  • Mixing secondary colours as well as some random target colours

Day 2: Drawing and painting from a picture

  • Introduction to gridding method to draw and paint from a printed and digital pictures
  • Creating painting from one printed and one digital photo using a grid.

Day 3: Drawing and painting from life

  • With the techniques learnt over the previous 2 days, you will apply your learning to execute a drawing and painting from life.

Tutor: Laleh Kamalian

Laleh Kamalian is a self-taught artist who found art at a late stage of her life after a long career in medicine and science. Her favourite subject is human portrait, where she aims to show the characteristics and emotions of the portrayed to the best of her ability. However, she enjoys describing the nature beauties in the form of flowers, scenery, or wildlife with her art too.


1st, 8th and 15th October


Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane, or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station- Liverpool Central.



It is possible to split this cost into two payments, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details.


Acrylic paint: A set, or individual tubes, that contain at least titanium white, red, yellow, blue, and black.

Brushes: Synthetic brushes suitable for acrylic paint, at least in three sizes, small, medium, and large (not wider than 2 cm). If you are getting a set, they normally come in different shapes. If you are buying them individually, go for filbert.

Paper: A pad of paper suitable for acrylic paint, size A3.

Palette knife: Go for a longer shape such as diamond or rectangular shape.

Painting palette: I recommend a pad of disposable pallet papers, although you can get a rigid one (wooden or plastic) or use disposable paper plates.

A pencil

An eraser

A pencil sharpener

Please bring with you a cup, or jar for water

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