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Studio: Painting – Tempera & Acrylic

Tempera and acrylic are versatile art supplies with endless possibilities in the art room, but they also provoke a host of questions. What product will produce the best results? How do I manage the mess? How can I take specific techniques and turn them into successful art experiences for my students?

This course addresses all of these questions and more as you explore best practices in both tempera and acrylic painting for the classroom. Topics will include brush selection, storage, and organization as well as color theory, mixing mediums, and advanced techniques. This is a painting class designed just for art teachers.

Whether you are teaching advanced painting at the high school level or are looking for a more successful approach to tempera at the elementary level, there will be something new to learn in this class. Best of all, you will become a painting expert yourself. You will have the time and the opportunity to try new techniques firsthand as you create a teacher showcase series and final portfolio.

Supplies Needed

To complete this course, you will need some basic painting tools and supplies – many of which you most likely already own. View the materials list for this course.


Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
Jun 1 Jul 26
Jul 1 Aug 25
Aug 1 Sep 25
Sep 1 Oct 26
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE028

Course Outcomes

  • Research best practice for tempera and acrylic painting in the classroom setting.
  • Learn from art educators who are successfully taking risks with each media.
  • Create various pieces of artwork while experimenting with new techniques.
  • Create resources and hands-on examples to use directly in the classroom.
  • Push your own personal practice to the next level, while revamping your painting curriculum.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
History and Process
  1. Review a brief history of painting, supplies, vocabulary, and techniques.
  2. Create an instructional tool to help students with painting processes in your classroom.
Week 2
Technique: Tempera for the Classroom
  1. Gain fresh ideas for using a traditional material in new and exciting ways!
  2. Experiment with a variety of tempera techniques and materials, and document your process.
Week 3
Technique: Color
  1. Examine engaging ways to teach color theory and mixing, including the science of color.
  2. Design a hands-on lesson, game or instructional tool to take directly into the classroom.
Week 4
Technique: Acrylic Basics
  1. Learn the basics of acrylic painting with a variety of techniques and applications.
  2. Document the process of experimentation with the new techniques and materials.
Week 5
Technique: Advanced Acrylics
  1. Dive deep into advanced topics and special effects using acrylic mediums
  2. Create an instructional tool to help students find success with acrylics.
Week 6
Management and Organization
  1. Explore ways to manage all of the materials for both tempera and acrylic in the classroom.
  2. Craft an action plan and create tools to help you better manage painting processes.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series and Reflection
  1. Create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course and reflect on your own work as you refine and improve your painting curriculum.
Week 8
Teacher Showcase Series and Reflection
  1. Create a body of personal work using new techniques and processes you learned in the course.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course and reflect on your own work as you refine and improve your painting curriculum.

A sample assignment from Week 4 of the class "Studio: Painting - Tempera & Acrylic."

1. Research

Watch a hands-on demonstration showcasing various acrylic techniques including glazing, scumbling, impasto, mixed media and more!

2. Discussion

Discuss your experience with basic acrylic techniques. Work with a group of peers to problem solve and troubleshoot any lingering questions or issues with the techniques presented.

3. Creation

Experiment with each of the techniques presented. Document your own painting process through the creation of a Process Board. Create a lesson plan using at least one of the new techniques for use directly in your classroom.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Studio: Painting – Tempera & Acrylic”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)







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