Loosen up with Acrylics

49 TUTOR: Stuart Roper (Dip Art and Design)

Have you used acrylics before and are now ready to experiment with this versatile medium? Step outside your comfort zone by experimenting with techniques and methods you may not have encountered. You will try mark making using a variety of implements, from palette knives to corrugated cardboard and incorporate other materials to create collages and mixed media pieces. You will explore the work of a variety of artists, in particular abstract painters, to help inform and inspire you to develop your own style of exciting and expressive paintings. Paints and various substrates, including paper, canvas boards, cardboard and fabric will be provided. However, you are encouraged to bring any materials you would like to incorporate into your work such as lace or netting.

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PM course

Course Notes



Using three colours create a simple textured background on which the student will work into with another medium - Indian ink, marker pens or charcoal


Create a piece using different implements, cardboard, pallet knife, fingers and rags.


Working either on a new piece or a previously completed work create a collage using a variety of materials - newspaper, fabric, cardboard.


Start a final piece, from an image brought by the student where they will plan how they will create a work using the techniques they have employed in the previous three days.


Complete and refine the final work.

Paints and materials will be supplied. However, I would encourage the students to bring in additional material that they would like to incorporate into their painting.



Course Tutor

Stuart Roper

Stuart Roper

Dip Art and Design

About Stuart

Born in England and brought up in Scotland, Stuart studied design and illustration in Aberdeen, he is now based in the Welsh Marches. He works in a variety of media including watercolour, gouache, acrylics and oils.

His paintings show the influence of the Scottish Colourists, yet he has a deep affinity with the English landscape. Since moving to the Welsh Marches in early 2018 his new work reflects his response to the beauty of the Welsh countryside.

With work exhibited in a number of galleries throughout the UK and with paintings in many private collections, he has a growing reputation that has attracted the attention of fine art buyers across the globe. Magdalen College, Oxford have purchased two pieces of his work for the their extensive collection of artwork.

Stuart is a regular tutor at the White horse bookshop in Marlborough and is often engaged to run workshops and to give demonstrations at art societies across England and Wales.

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