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Composition and Uses 0:57
Acrylics Through Art History 2:42
Why Acrylics for the Art Classroom? 2:32
Tools and Materials
Types of Acrylic Paint 3:18
Best Brushes for Acrylic Paint 5:26
Best Surfaces for Acrylic Paint 4:02
Acrylic Additives and Mediums 3:45
Acrylic Medium Practice 8:21
Advanced Techniques 5:16
Non-Traditional Techniques 8:09
Teaching Acrylics to Students
Skill Building Exercises 12:54
Color Swatches 3:23
Still Life Paintings 4:11
Organization and Storage 3:59
Routines and Procedures 5:04
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
4 PD Hours
1 Become familiar with a wide variety of acrylics and acrylic mediums as well as their different properties.
2 Discover ways to incorporate different painting techniques into your classroom to engage students and develop their technical skills.
3 Gain an understanding of the best management strategies for ordering, organizing, working with, and cleaning up acrylics.
Acrylics are a staple in almost every secondary art room, and there is so much to learn! In this Pack, you’ll gain the confidence to introduce the basic techniques and beginning processes of acrylics. Discover specific tips for what materials to use, how to prep surfaces, and how to keep materials and paints organized. You’ll finish off with some dynamic project ideas that you’ll be able to implement immediately into your painting curriculum.
Note: Acrylic paints are generally safe to use. However, it’s always a good idea to read the label. Some hues may contain toxic ingredients like heavy metals, especially if you purchase higher-quality paints. These ingredients can be harmful if ingested. Key ingredients to avoid include cadmium, cobalt, chromium, and lead. These paints will come with a warning label. To learn more about the safety of acrylic paints, check out this resource.
Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies
7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
B. Scaffolds media and technique skills for students according to age and ability level
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills
Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator
Lena Rodriguez is the High School Painting and Drawing Director at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her teaching focuses on creating a positive culture within her studio, conducive to exploration and conceptualism.