Artist introduces students to acrylic at painting workshop

The CDAC hosted Linda Bullock as she introduced students to the versatile medium of acrylic and acrylic paint manipulation.

Linda Bullock

Linda Bullock

Helen Duckworth

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council was delighted to host Linda Bullock as she introduced students to the versatile medium of acrylic and acrylic paint manipulation.

The CDAC workshop space was abuzz with students picking up new and useful techniques on Saturday, June 22. For $35 students were treated to a four-hour workshop, where instructor Linda Bullock allowed the students to experience acrylic manipulation using her assortment of gels, mediums and pastes. Usually these additions would set you back a small fortune, but Linda supplies them as part of the course, for no additional fee. This is superb considering that often without knowing if a medium really speaks to you, first timers to new mediums can be put off from experimenting by high price tags, not to mention the uncertainty as to what each addition will do to your acrylics. Will glass beads appeal to you? Does the addition of fiber paste compliment the atmosphere of your piece? What exactly will clear tar gel do to the paint?

Students are encouraged to play with each addition to see what works for them and what they like best. Linda described it best when she toted the workshop as less of a workshop and more of a “play day.”

The result of four hours in acrylic alchemy? A large acrylic swatch of each variation you’ve tried with a handy label, so you can reference the piece in your home studio. Not to mention a wealth of new knowledge and the ability to make your future acrylic creations stand out from the crowd!

Did you miss the workshop this time around? Don’t worry, Linda will be back in the CDAC workshop space 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 12.

Space is limited so book yours early by calling the CDAC office on 250-426-4223.

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council supports development of the visual, literary and performing arts in the Cranbrook and district area, and works to increase public awareness and opportunities for participation in arts and cultural events in the community.

Contact Helen Duckworth, cdac@shaw.ca, 250-426-4223, #104 135 10th Avenue South, Cranbrook, www.theartscouncil.ca, and CDAC on Facebook.