Acrylic Painting for Beginners | Summer Online 2020

Instructor: Colin McGuire

7/13/2020 - 7/27/2020 (5 sessions)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm *this course meets online

Tuition: $250 non-credit only; 10% discount available for alumni, educators, local art association members, and seniors


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This introductory painting class will cover the basics of image-making with acrylic paints. No drawing or painting experience is necessary to join. Students will learn the materials and applications of acrylic painting, introductory color theory, and healthy studio practices. Beginning with color mixing and graduating all the way to still-life painting, this course will build a solid foundation for future painting projects and artistic exploration. Classes will meet virtually as a group and for one-on-one meetings with the instructor.

About Colin

Colin McGuire is a painter and gallery owner from Provincetown, Massachusetts. He received his MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, and BFA from Montserrat College of Art. McGuire is represented by Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA, Gallery Galleon in Vieques, PR, and McGuire Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Recent exhibitions include Galatea Fine Art in Boston and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.


McGuire's paintings question what it means to be an American, and a human, in the modern world. His work develops from the narrative of early colonization which, in many ways, began on the shores of his hometown and painting muse, Provincetown. People wander, search, migrate, or gather in camaraderie against a void landscape. McGuire ponders: How can the issues we face today be reflected upon by examining the very foundation our civilization is built on? What does it mean to start anew, and at what cost is that possible?


This course meets online.


Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

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Supply List

1) Basic Acrylic Paints: -Primary Colors: Red/Yellow/Blue/ and White


2) Paintbrushes and Palette Knife: -A variety of shapes and sizes -A palette knife for mixing paint. Combo Set:

3) Palette paper


4) Tabletop Easel or Standing Easel: -A comfortable set-up for at painting in your home studio


5) Acrylic Primed Canvas Panels: -(At least one) 16x20 inch -(3 each) 11x14 inch

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