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Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Enjoy an introduction to acrylic painting for beginners during this 8 week course.

Led by artist Alison Percy, this class will take you step by step through the planning, preparation, execution, and finishing of your work. Alison will help you relax and enjoy the process, as your skill and confidence builds.

In this fantastic beginner course you will learn the foundations of painting with acrylics, including:

  • Selecting and preparing your painting surface
  • Colour mixing using a limited palette
  • Introduction to composition, colour and tone
  • Finding your subject matter
  • Capturing the essence of what you see
  • Understanding your tools: types of brushes, paints and supports

During the course, Alison will bring a range of her materials, painting tools and supports for added insight. You will be inspired to experiment, take risks, and not overthink the process.


Bring your own materials or purchase a MAMA Materials Package tailored for this course. Packages may be purchased online, or through MAMA Store: (02) 6043 5800

Cost: $210
A3 Canvas Pad
Clear document wallet
4 flat taklon brushes, 25mm, 19mm, 12mm and 6mm
Matisse acrylic painting medium, 250mL
A2 Tube Acrylics, 250 ml - Titanium White
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120 ml - Burnt Umber
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120 ml - Ultramarine Blue
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120 ml - Cerulean Blue Hue
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120 ml - Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120 ml - Cadmium Red Medium Hue
A2 Tube Acrylics, 120mL - Alizarin Crimson

Meet the Tutor: Alison Percy

Black and White image of tutor Alison Percy in a linen shirt standing in front of a acrylic landscape painting.

Alison's work reflects a fascination in the balance and sensitivity of fluid line inspired by natural forms across figurative, landscape and floral subjects. Imagery is formed using ink, charcoal, acrylic paint, soft pastel and watercolour onto canvas and paper. A quiet energy is felt during mark making, allowing the work to take on a layered and reflective journey. Intuitive use of fluid line and colour evokes an honest connection through the artist and onto the surface.

Alison's energetic and passionate nature is evident across her work. It reflects a delight in transforming observations, captured or remembered images into figurative, landscape or floral works. Alison produces paintings and drawings for exhibition, private sale and commission.

As a tutor, students are encouraged to relax and enjoy the journey - while exploring their individual style and learning to really see.

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