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Using Acrylic Gels and Mediums



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Introducing Acrylic Gels and Mediums

Variety and Versatility of Media 1:54

The Basics of Mediums and Gels

Fluid Mediums 3:25

Effect Mediums 3:02

Characteristics and Benefits of Gel Mediums

Semi-Gloss and High Solid Gels 5:07

Characteristics and Benefits of Fluid Mediums

Gloss and Matte Mediums 4:30

Using Fluid Mediums for Mixed Media Projects 1:22

Characteristics and Benefits of Effect Mediums

Glass Beads 3:12

Fiber Paste 1:52

Clear Tar Gel 2:48

The Best Ways to Use Gels and Mediums in the Art Room

Implementing Ideas in Your Own Classroom 2:34

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Using Acrylic Gels and Mediums

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to incorporate acrylic gels and mediums into the painting processes you teach

  • 2 See how to add new effects and characteristics to the paintings your students create

  • 3 Immediately add depth and interest to your painting curriculum

In this Learning Pack, see how you can push your painting instruction past the basics! You’ll be exposed to different acrylic gels and mediums which you can bring into the classroom to help your students develop their work and take it to the next level. Walk away with new ideas and techniques to inspire your students’ painting and mixed media work!

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, click here.

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.

Theresa Gillespie

Theresa Gillespie

Adjunct Graduate Instructor and Academic Advisor at AOEU and PRO Facilitator

Theresa Gillespie is an Art educator with over 20 years experience in a very diverse school district. She has been teaching at the graduate level since 2013. She is well versed in teaching to a diverse student population which includes English language learners, accelerated learners, and those needing differentiated instruction. She also has expertise in curriculum development, behavior interventions, arts integration, and technology integration.


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