Light, Color and Composition IN Acrylic

Upskill your color theory knowledge for expressive, impactful art!

Instructor: Angela Ales
Audience: Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s):
Beginner, Aspiring
Medium: Acrylic

Not sure what stage you are? Visit our How It Works page for details.

Tuesday, Sept 10, 2024
Sept 10 | Sept 17 | Sept 24 | Oct 1 | Oct 8 | Oct 15 | Oct 22 | Oct 29
Weekly for 8 weeks
5:00pm – 7:00pm MT

Use code: ANGELA10 at checkout
Expires: July 29, 2024


Note: Price in $USD

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All recordings are available for 1-month after the course finishes.

High School, University, and College students get 20% off!
See FAQs at the bottom of this page for details.

Course Description

Course Description:

During this 8-week course, we’ll delve into various painting techniques fostering an understanding of light, form, and composition. Our sessions will be dedicated to painting from observation, allowing you to refine your skills while capturing the essence of your subjects.

While our primary focus is painting, we will also introduce the fundamental facet of color theory. Understanding how colors interact, blend, and evoke emotions is crucial to becoming a proficient painter.

This course will also feature group critiques. This collaborative aspect allows you to share insights, gain inspiration from fellow artists, and refine your techniques based on constructive feedback while practicing how to speak about art.


  • Painting FUNDAMENTALS and materials overview.
  • Grayscale painting techniques for FORM and LIGHT.
  • GLAZING, SCUMBLING, and DRY BRUSH techniques.
  • WASH, UNDERPAINTING, and ALLA PRIMA painting techniques.
  • Application of COLOR THEORY principles in creating harmonious color schemes.
  • How to receive and provide constructive feedback in GROUP CRITIQUES.
Supply List

1. Paint:
Basic set of primary colors (Cadmium red, Phthalo blue, Cadmium yellow) along with cerulean blue, black,
white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw umber, magenta.

You can get more than this, but just to start this is all you need.

If you want to invest a bit more money, Open Golden acrylics are great if you do not want the paint to dry too quickly. The Golden brand is an excellent product.

2. Brushes:
Assorted acrylic brush set with a variety of shapes and sizes, including flat, round, and filbert brushes.

Make sure to include a couple of larger brushes for covering larger areas and smaller ones for details.

These can be found in the hardware store.

3. Palette:
A palette for mixing colors. It can be a disposable palette, a plastic palette, or a traditional wooden palette with a mixing surface.

4. Palette Knife:
A palette knife for mixing paint, creating textures, and applying paint to the canvas.

5. Canvas and Painting Surface:
We will start with canvas paper, 18” x 24” and 8 small 10” x 10” stretch canvases.

6. Easel:
A sturdy and adjustable easel to hold the canvas at a comfortable working height. It can be a standing easel or a table easel. I personally paint on the wall.

7. Palette Cups or Jars:
Containers for water for cleaning brushes.

9. Rags or Paper Towels:
For cleaning brushes and wiping off excess paint.

10. Sketching Materials:
Pencils and sketching paper for preliminary sketches if desired. It can be a sketchbook.

11. Retarder:
Prevents the acrylic paint from drying too fast.

Instructor Bio

I am an alumnus of the founding class at New World School of the Arts. I studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where I received my BFA in Fine Arts. I hold an MFA from Miami International University of Art and Design. I have been a professional working artist for the past thirty years and have participated in over forty solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Latin America. My work can be found in private collections in North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe and Australia.

I have over twenty-five years of experience teaching art in K through 12 and Higher Education. I am currently Associate Professor at Middlesex College in Massachusetts. My teaching areas of concentration include, painting, drawing, figure drawing, concept development, art appreciation and two-dimensional design. My specialized experience includes preparing students for AP portfolio review and nationally recognized college arts programs.

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How many registrations are required for a course to start?

A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

Can I get a refund?

Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

Can I register for a course already in progress?

No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

Where will my course be held?

All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

If you have not used Zoom before, learn about how to use it here.

If you don’t regularly use Zoom, we recommend you join your first session 10-15 minutes early in case your computer needs to install or update Zoom.

How do I join my course?

You will receive a welcome email from [email protected] when you register.  This email includes the Zoom link to join your course session.  You will also receive 24 hour and 2 hour reminder emails before each session, and each of these emails includes the Zoom link.  You can also access the Zoom link to join your course in your MastriusChat group.

Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll be able to watch the session’s recording.  If you have questions the recording doesn’t address, you can ask them in the chat feed of your course’s private MastriusChat group.

What is MastriusChat?

MastriusChat is an online discussion platform.  You and your fellow course registrants will be assigned to a private MastriusChat group where you can connect and support eachother via the chat “feed”. Your group is also where you’ll access the session recordings. Other resources in your MastriusChat group include a link to join your course sessions, and a library your instructor can use to share resources.

What is a Navigator?

A Navigator is an artist who joins your course to ensure both instructor and registrants have an enjoyable experience. They support (as required) with technology, timekeeping, moderating questions, and between-session discussions on MastriusChat. The Navigator has also joined the course as participant, and just like you, they’re wanting to grow their skills and learn the material.

I’m not ready to register because I still have questions. Who do I contact?

We’d be happy to help! 

Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to support you.


High School, University, and College students get 20% off ANY course (non-member price).

To claim this discount:

  1. Use coupon code in checkout: student_20_off
  2. Complete your checkout
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