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Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Instructed by Adam Mysock

Saturdays 2-5pm
June 9 – July 28

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2018


Through the study of the still life, landscape, portraiture, and the analysis of masterworks, this course will serve as an introduction to the properties and processes unique to acrylic paint. This includes learning to control the quick drying time and translucency inherent to the medium through direct painting methods and indirect approaches such as glazing and scumbling.

Through this course, students will become familiar with techniques for:

  • starting, developing, and finishing a successful acrylic painting
  • placing objects within a picture plane to create purposeful compositions
  • implying the volume and surface of objects using various paint application processes
  • addressing foundational color theory so that we can produce descriptive colors with a painting
  • working responsively with an acrylic surface to avoid the “plastic–looking” surface typically associated with novice acrylic works


Tuition: $325

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


Materials List:

  • Acrylic Paint*       

      • titanium white – 5 oz. tube
      • hansa yellow light – 2 oz. tube
      • cadmium yellow medium – 2 oz. tube
      • cadmium red medium – 2 oz. tube
      • alizarin crimson – 2 oz. tube
      • ultramarine blue – 2 oz. tube
      • cerulean blue (opaque) – 2 oz. tube         
      • raw umber – 2 oz. tube

        *Recommended brands include (but are not limited to) Golden, Liquitex, and Utretch.


      • #1 Round
      • #4 Round
      • #8 Round
      • #4 Filbert (a flat shaped brush with a curved tip)
      • #4 Bright (a short bristled, flat shaped brush)
      • 1-inch Flat
      • 2-inch Gesso brush

      *Make sure you are purchasing synthetic or bristle brushes suited for acrylic paints. If you already have a set of synthetic bristle brushes of various sizes and shapes, there is no need to purchase new brushes for this class.


    • Small, misting spray bottle                 
    • paper towel
    • metal, cork-backed ruler – 24 inches               
    • bar of soap
    • gesso      
    • masking tape – 1 ½ inches wide       
    • razor scraper (please look for a scraper, not a utility knife)
    • palette (A metal, enameled palette at least 9x12 inches is recommended, but any hard, white, non-plastic surface can work.  Please avoid paper palettes as they can create excessive waste.)             
    • sketchbook/journal
    • water container


      • 2 Sheets of Arches BFK (or similar 100% cotton, heavy weight paper; paper color doesn’t matter as the paper will be gessoed)


Level of Study: This class is designed for beginners and those who have minimal painting experience. However, those wishing to refresh their acrylic painting skills are also encouraged to register.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

Adam Mysock

Jan De Maesschalck


Steve Caldwell


Adam Mysock




About the instructor:

Painter Adam Mysock holds a BFA degree in Painting and Art History from Tulane University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In collaboration with his studio practice, he has taught at the university level for more than 10 years—most recently as a Senior Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mysock's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in private collections throughout the world, including those of Thomas Rusche, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and the 21C Museum. In 2012, he was awarded first prize “Best in Show” in the Ogden Museum’s first annual Louisiana Contemporary Juried Exhibition. He was also included in the 2013 South edition of New American Paintings. More recently, Mysock has exhibited at VOLTA NY, Galerie Andreas Binder in Munich, Germany, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, Galerie Jochen Hempel in Berlin, Germany, and is part of the traveling group exhibition Guns in the Hands of Artists.
Mysock is currently the Coordinator for Manifest Drawing Center, living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio.




Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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