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Classes

Come check us out and join us for our ongoing, affordable art classes. We host regularly scheduled daytime and evening classes in watercolor, acrylic, drawing, pastel, colored pencil, decorative painting (tole painting) and even classes for kids.

Contact us to learn more or sign up now if you are ready to get started.
Currently we are offering instruction in the following media:

Decorative Painting

Drawing

For Kids

Multi-Media

Oil-Painting

For Teens

Express Classes

Pastel

Never painted before and unsure as to what medium you should start in?  Here are a couple of things that may help you decide concerning oil versus acrylic versus watercolor.

The main practical difference between most acrylics and oil paints is the drying time. Oils allow for more time to blend colors and apply even glazes over under paintings. This slow drying aspect of oil can be seen as an advantage for certain techniques, but in other regards it may impede the artist trying to work quickly. The fast evaporation of water from regular acrylic paint films can be slowed with the use of acrylic retarders.  The addition of a retarder slows the evaporation rate of the water.

When it comes to color, oil paints have more pigment in them, allowing richer, more vivid colors. Acrylics may also darken slightly as they dry, while oil paints do not.

Oil paints may require the use of solvents such as mineral spirits or turpentine to thin the paint and clean up; these generally have some level of toxicity and are often found objectionable.  On the other hand at An Artful Touch we love the oil paint manufactured by M. Graham.  It is a walnut oil-based paint and  when used only with the M. Graham paints will require no solvents.  You clean your brushes with the walnut oil, you use walnut oil as a thinner, and there is a walnut oil-based alkyd to speed the drying time if that is desired. Please go to the M. Graham website to learn more about these wonderful paints at mgraham.com.  Acrylic is easy clean-up with just soap and water.

Another difference between oil and acrylic paints is the versatility offered by acrylic paints: acrylic is very useful in mixed media, allowing use of pastel (oil & chalk), charcoal, pen, etc. on top of the dried acrylic painted surface. Mixing other bodies into the acrylic is possible—sand, rice, even pasta may be incorporated in the artwork. Mixing artist or student quality acrylic paint with household acrylic emulsions is possible, allowing the use of pre-mixed tints straight from the tube or tin, so presenting the painter with a vast color range at his or her disposal. This versatility is also illustrated in the wide variety of additional artistic uses that acrylics afford the artist. Specialist acrylics have been manufactured and used for lino block printing, face painting, airbrushing, watercolor techniques, and fabric screen printing

Watercolor is a little more of a free-flowing technique.  While some think it is more challenging, it allows the paint to kind of do its own thing.

Be sure to check back often as new classes are being added regularly.