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Studio: Painting – Tempera and Acrylic

Focus on tempera and acrylic techniques in a studio environment as you discover best practices for immediate use in the classroom and create authentic artworks.

Focus on tempera and acrylic painting in this studio art course while addressing best practices for the K–12 art classroom. Discuss topics such as brush selection, storage, and organization along with color theory, mixing mediums, and advanced techniques. This painting class, designed specifically for art teachers, will include opportunities to try new techniques firsthand and create a teacher showcase series and final portfolio.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.



Required Materials

Painting Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
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 $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jun 25
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE028

Course Objectives

  • Investigate contemporary and historical perspectives specific to tempera and acrylic.
  • Develop, enhance, and extend inclusive tempera and acrylic curriculum and supports.
  • Utilize concepts, processes, instructional best practices, and media-specific techniques to create authentic artworks.

A sample assignment from Week 4 of the class Studio: Painting - Tempera and 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. Choose one experiment to expand upon, creating one final larger work of art. Document your painting process through the creation of a process board.
"I love how AOEU courses are 100% relevant to art teachers! I like the social component as well. I enjoy the choice that is offered with the assignments."
Tanis K., CN

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 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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