ARTSPEAK ONLINE -
CREATIVE WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Our online activities cover a range of artforms and activities and invite you to try something new from the comfort of your own home. We're working with a range of talented Artists to demonstrate practical tasks and provide tuition in their specific field of work.
No previous experience is required; our sessions give you the opportunity to be creative, develop your skillset and have fun whilst interacting with Artists and other participants.
The structure of each session will take a different format depending on the activity and the Artist, please see each individual listing for full details.
Most of our sessions will take place via Zoom - for some help and guidance working online read our post on 'Staying Connected'.
Have you seen the ArtSpeak At Home Art Book? It's filled with ideas to keep you creative and engaged in the Arts.
Click here to view and download the February issue.
How to Paint in Acrylics - Video Tutorials
Artist Ben Sherwin has put together a short series of videos specially for ArtSpeak to introduce the medium of Acrylic painting and give tips and advice on how to work with this medium.
Throughout the three sessions Ben will discuss and illustrate the various stages involved in the painting process. He'll show how to approach observational sketching and cover the rules of composition, colour mixing and colour balance. Different painting techniques such as dabbing and dry brushing will be explained and you'll gain understanding of how to use your artistic license.
The workshops have been split into three sections making them easy to follow along to from home and give you time to work on the techniques you've learnt after each one.
As the workshops have been prerecorded, they can be revisited as you progress and work towards completing your own unique artwork.
We'd love to hear how you get on and see what you're producing. We're holding a Q&A session with Ben on Friday 26 March to give you the opportunity to share your work, ask questions and receive some feedback.
Frequently asked questions
Q. My paint dries quickly on the paper, how do I stop this?
A. The speed at which the acrylics will dry does depend somewhat on the brand of paint. Some brands of paint dry faster and others slower. When you add lots of water to the paints, the paint molecules spread out more and the water has more room to evaporate more quickly. The thicker the paint is, the more concentrated it is, so it takes longer for water to evaporate.
The best way to help your paints dry slower is to think in terms of water evaporation, so working in a spot that isn’t directly next to a heater, or using icy cold water to add to your paint. Acrylics do dry fast so it’s normal and you do still need to work relatively fast, but you can layer over your paints if you’re worried about a mistake you’ve made.
You can loosen up your paint a bit simply by adding more water on your brush and mixing that in.
How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 1
How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 2
How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 3
Q. What is the best paper to use with acrylics?
A. Paper that is thick, ideally 300gsm. You can look for acrylic pads. They’ll be your best option. You can get different levels of paper texture. Some people prefer smoother paper which doesn’t have as many bumps that show through your picture, others like coarser paper.