Beginner Art Guides: Painting with Acrylics

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Overview

Barron's Beginner Art Guides offer basic instruction in a variety of techniques and media. As the series title states, these books are practical manuals for beginners in art, presenting short, easy-to-understand explanations of techniques and materials, exercises, supplemented with illustrative sketches, and general advice on drawing and painting. The last page of each manual focuses on a widely recognized artist who has produced well-known paintings or drawings in the medium or technique that is the book's focus. Acrylics are modern, plastic-based pigments widely used today to render effects similar to artworks once done exclusively in gouache or tempera. Beginners are instructed in brushwork, in mixing and blending colors, and in using the bright, opaque acrylic pigments to their best effect. This manual's final page briefly sketches the life and work of twentieth-century French painter Jean Dubuffet, who was a master of acrylic painting.

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Acrylic painting, one of the most enduring of modern media for the painter, originated, according to Roig (Perspective Drawing), in 1920s Mexico. It has remarkable characteristics to recommend it: the transparency of watercolors, the opacity of gouache, and the density and pastiness of oils. Half of this excellent overview for the beginner is devoted to the many techniques possible with acrylics, the other, filled with practical exercises. The book ends with tips from 19th-century French painter Jen Dubuffet. An inexpensive introduction recommended for all public libraries. For advanced work in acrylics, see All About Techniques in Acrylics: An Indispensable Manual for Artists(Barron's).


—Daniel Lombardo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764160486
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Beginner's Art Guides
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Contemporary Approach     5
The Technique and Its Possibilities     6
Presentation and Characteristics of the Medium     8
Painting with Acrylic Washes     10
Opaque Techniques     12
Color in Acrylic Paints     14
Working over Color Backgrounds     16
Dragging the Color     18
Transparent Techniques with Acrylics     20
Practice Pages: Transparencies with Acrylic Mediums     22
Practice Pages: Washes with Paint     23
Alternative Methods of Painting with Acrylics     24
Reserves, Sgrafitto and Sanding     26
Practice Pages: Painting with Flat and Opaque Brushstrokes     28
Practice Pages: Dry Brush     29
Practical Exercises     30
Still Life with Brushstrokes and Gradations     32
Notebook on Effects: A Couple of Considerations     35
Still Life with Chair and Hat     36
Work by Students     40
Urban Scene with Saturated Colors     42
Notebook on Effects: Affinity and Rejection Between Color Contrasts     45
Seascape Using the Anticerne Effect     46
Notebook on Effects: Colors and Anticerne     49
UrbanLandscape with Spattering Effect     50
Notebook on Effects: Spattering on the Support     53
Working on a Textured Base     54
Notebook on Effects: Effects with Texture     57
Modern Techniques: Collage and Abstraction     58
Notebook on Effects: Variations of a Theme     61
Expressive Approach to the Human Figure     62
Lessons from the Master: Jean Dubuffet     64
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