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 scenes and florals. He will paint and provide direction for each step of the way. He will provide color copies for each student of the scenes that will be the subject of the class. Often the scenes are local landscape or park scenes 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 of nature’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 a new window in your life! The end result is that art will make your life more complete and satisfying!
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.