ONE-Day Workshop
Class/Workshop Starts

October 4, 2021 6:00 PM

$80 4 wk session | $25 wk drop in
Class Type:
Adult Class

Learn how to paint with the easiest paint medium, acrylic paint!  Acrylic paint cleans up with water, dries hard to the touch in just a few minutes and requires no toxic chemicals like mineral spirits or turpentine.  It is also very forgiving and you and easily cover up mistakes or make corrections!

With Richard Nowak as the instructor you will learn how to paint a completed acrylic painting in a step by step process as he demonstrates painting landscapes, marine scenes, garden scenesand florals.  He will paint and provide direction for each step of the way.  He will provide color copies for each student of the scenes thatwill be the subject of the class. Often the scenes are local landscape or parkscenes of Westfield and surrounding areas or copies of famous impressionist paintings such as paintings of Monet, Van Gogh or Renoir.

As you take the classes you will see things differently as an artist sees things and will be able to capture some ofnature’s beauty on canvas!  Your appreciation of color will be enhanced as you learn to mix paint colors.  The two hour class sessions will open anew window in your life! The end result is that art will make your life more complete and satisfying!

Supplies for Beginner’s Acrylic Painting Class

  • A kit is available at most Michaels stores called Grumbacher Starter Acrylic Painting kit. It includes 4 tubes of paint, two painting panels, one painting knife and three brushes in different sizes.  It’s all you need to get started!   Beyond that the following are other items that you may to purchase as you progress in your classes.
  • Acrylic Paints:  (Colors)  Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium or Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson (Hooker’s Green, Phalo Blue and Burnt Umber are also good but not absolutely necessary for the class) Grumbacher brand or other good student or artist grade paints are     okay.
  • Acrylic Painting Panels, Michaels, AC Moore or other brands available in sets of 3 or 5 Size:  9” x 12”, 11” x 14”, or 12” x 16” (9” x 12” preferred for 2 hour class)
  • #8 Filbert brush, #2 round brush or #2 flat brush,     script brush (buy brushes marked for acrylic painting usually synthetic bristles)  Grumbacher brand is excellent. You can buy more brushes as you develop your painting skills.  You may want to purchase a set of brushes to save money.
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Good pencils, 2B, 4B or 6B and a kneaded eraser
  • Palette (plastic), can use a plastic or paper plate to be thrown away after the class
  • Cup for water is provided at the class
  • Table top easel (not absolutely necessary for tables are provided)
  • Bag to hold all the above items
  • A willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing while making the session a happy place to be!


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Your Instructor

Richard Nowak

Richard Nowak is a New England artist who paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors of New England landscapes, harbor scenes and gardens in an impasto impressionist style utilizing a combination of brush work and painting knives.  Richard is known for his textured application of paint and high-keyed colors and is influenced by the Pennsylvania Impressionists or New Hope School as well as the French Impressionists. He has been featured in area galleries and public areas for the past twenty years and is a current member of the Tobacco Valley Art League, the Holyoke Art League and past member of the Oil Painters of America, the Springfield Art League, and the Deerfield Art League.  

Working on location and from photographs, Richard handles the paint loosely, allowing the paint strokes to convey the feeling of delight and joy that the act of painting inspires in him. Local flower gardens such as Stanley Park, Amelia Park and Grandmother’s garden in Westfield are a constant source of inspiration for this impressionist oil painter and he can often be seen painting on location.