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Discover your inner artist with acrylic painting classes in San Francisco. Learn the techniques and skills needed to create vibrant and eye-catching paintings while unleashing your creativity and gaining a new artistic outlet.

1 class in-person in San Francisco has spots left, and 3 classes live online are available.

Oil & Acrylic Painting

Art School of SF Bay @ 1601 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Unlock your artistic potential and master the techniques of oil and acrylic painting at the renowned Art School of SF Bay. Explore the beauty of nature through landscapes, learn to capture emotions in portraits, and develop your unique style. With high-quality art materials provided, embark on a transformative artistic journey.

Friday, Mar 1st, 6–8pm Pacific Time

 (14 sessions)


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Online Painting with Acrylics 301

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and learn the techniques of 20th-century masters with the Online Painting with Acrylics 301 course. Discover how to mix colors, prepare the canvas, and execute styles such as impressionism, contemporary realism, color block, and abstract. Take your painting skills to the next level with this flexible and vibrant medium.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

Acrylics Painting

BrushCapades @ Online Classroom

Unleash your inner artist and discover the joy of acrylic painting in this captivating class. Immerse yourself in the world of colors and brushstrokes as you create your very own masterpiece under the guidance of a skilled and lively instructor. Unleash your creativity and unlock the secrets of professional painting techniques every week!

Tuesday, Feb 27th, 7–8:30pm Central Time

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Dare to Draw, Paint & Create: Advanced Art Class for All Mediums

The Art Studio NY @ Online Classroom

Unleash your artistic potential and express yourself through painting in this inspiring online art class. Develop your unique style, master advanced techniques, and create stunning artwork that you will be proud to display. Join a supportive community of fellow artists and receive personalized feedback to enhance your skills.

Thursday, Feb 22nd, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)

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Acrylic Bag of Tricks

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Learn a new acrylic "trick" every week through short and playful experiences designed to expand your knowledge of acrylic additives.  Increase your expressive power and expand your painting repertoire. Enhance the work you already do! Painting experience helps, but is not required to enjoy this class.

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Discover Acrylics

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

For students new to the medium or for those who want to expand their expressive repertoire. No previous painting experience required!  Try a new technique every week and use it in class while you paint from photos or ideas. We'll cover the use of texture-making additives, direct and indirect transfers, masks, gel printing with acrylics, and acrylic washes and pours. There will be one and a half hours of painting time in every class.  ...

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Intermediate & Advanced Painting

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Explore your original vision! This class is for intermediate and advanced painters looking for technical and conceptual assistance as they pursue individual projects. Are you looking to get back into painting after taking a break? Are you struggling to work through a current project? Would your creative practice benefit from the structure of a weekly class? Do you enjoy meeting other painters in a friendly and supportive environment?...

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Creating Your Own Art Workshop

Living Your Wild Creativity @ Live Online Via Zoom, Online, CA

If you have ever wanted to become an art workshop teacher or you are a teacher and want to make your workshops to be more of who you are, or wish to create a special workshop, this is a perfect course for you. In this 6 week LIVE online course we will: Explore and identify the unique gifts you possess to share to others in a course or workshop Collect inspirations for your ideas Design and find the perfect location for your workshop Learn how...

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Beach Sign (Live Online)

Painting & Vino @ Painting & Vino - Live Online

Have that same fun, creative experience you get with Erin at a Painting & Vino event while in the comfort of your own home! Painting & Vino's "Live Online Events" are the perfect solution when you can't go out. You'll receive Step-By-Step Instructions in the comfort of your own home via phone or laptop with a Webcam. You will be sent a link to join the event. You will not need to download an App unless joining by Phone. You can join as a...

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2 Day Paint Big Abstract Art Workshop

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This is not a workshop for beginners. Participants will bring all their own equipment, paints and canvas. Studio will provide buckets, some house paints, some large tools, misc paints.

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Abstraction with Oil, Cold Wax & Mixed Media

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

This vibrant workshop combines multiple media techniques with oil, cold wax, pigment sticks and collage on a variety of surfaces, emphasizing unity of design, texture and color. We work with a combination of both dry and wet media, including soft pastels , watercolor, oil paint/ sticks/ pastels, charcoal, graphite and collage. Acrylic media can serve as a base underpainting. All Imagery applicable. Appropriate for continuing painters.  Required...

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Going Beyond the Grid to Enliven Your Art

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 1695 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

Dare to be Wild! Going Beyond the Grid to Enliven Your Art This two-day abstract art acrylic workshop is about understanding and challenging the grid structure, a very basic form of abstract art. Through exercises we will start with the familiar grid and push the boundaries, going beyond to discover new ways to enliven the image and make it your own. We will do several exercises to give you new techniques and ideas. We will make our own collage...

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Journey Into Expression - Abstract Art Workshop

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

Unleash your creativity and discover your unique artistic voice in this immersive abstract art workshop. Join us for a day of exploration and self-expression as you learn to bring balance and meaning to your artwork. Limited spots available, so sign up now!

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Creating Dynamic Paintings - Part 2

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This is the second of two exciting day-long workshops in which you will learn acrylic painting techniques and structures to make your paintings more exciting. In this class, you will get lots of experience trying new things through guided exercises and free time for personal exploration. Once you learn these ways of putting a painting together layer by layer, you will have more freedom in expressing your ideas, more clarity in your expressions and...

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Building a Painting: All About Layering

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This is the first day-long workshops since COVID began.  You will learn abstract acrylic painting techniques by building a painting with ways of layering including using stencils, frisket and tape.  This workshop is offered in studio and LIVE online via zoom.  You will get lots of experience trying new things through demos, guided exercises and free time for personal exploration.  For all levels welcome but especially good...

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Get Wild! Make Your Mark!

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This is a day of pure fun, letting go and getting wild!  Claude and I will faciliatate making all kinds of marks with strange and crazy tools….  Working big, small, whatever you can imagine, we are going to do it! This is a time to release and let go of all expectations and fears of making your own wild marks!   No experience necessary.   You will learn: Mark making as a natural act Mark making as an extension...

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Marks Are King

Living Your Wild Creativity @ 4404 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA

This one day workshop is a great way to get in touch with your authentic marks and let go of inhibitions and control. It will infuse new energy and life into your paintings with new fresh marks. You can try new mark making tools as well. Limited to 6 people. Workshop will cover: Tools and methods Demonstrations and exercises for exploration Discussion and Slide show of other artists work Time to develop own work with one-on-one support Sharing...

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Impasto Painting

Richmond Art Center @ 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA

Create thick impasto style paintings in acrylic and acrylic mediums. Explore painting with palette knives, direct painting, and wet of wet techniques.    Suggested materials: Canvas or panel  Palette knife Optional: Acrylic media: molding paste, pumice gel   Heavy body acrylic paints, medium  Large acrylic brushes Experience Level: All levels, some painting experience recommended.

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Painting & Brews - Cat and the Moon

Painting & Vino @ 912 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

Spend some quality creative time with us for step-by-step Instruction on how paint this tom cat painting, "Cat and the Moon". What better way to make it through the week than with Painting & Vino. Your best choice for Paint and Sip classes! Please note: Check-in begins 15 minutes before the event start time. Give yourself time to park so you do not arrive late. Must be 21+ to attend even if you will not be drinking. No outside food or...

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Painting, Pints and Pizza - Red Robin

Painting & Vino @ 1630 Cypress St, Walnut Creek, CA

Spend some quality creative time with us for step-by-step Instruction on how paint this winter scene, "Red Robin". What better way to make it through the week than with Painting & Vino. Your best choice for Paint and Sip classes! Please note: Check-in begins 15 minutes before the event start time. Give yourself time to park so you do not arrive late. Must be 21+ to attend even if you will not be drinking. No outside food or drink allowed....

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A German chemical company developed acrylic resin in the 1930s. Acrylic paint was soon developed from acrylic resin. Although acrylics were common among house painters at first, artists began using acrylics for their pieces and had popularized the medium by the 1960s. Acrylics were less toxic than other paints on the market at the time and were easier to use. Artists also found that they could use acrylics to mimic watercolors and oil paints. 

Acrylics are ideal for new painters. Acrylic paints are a low-maintenance medium because they’re not messy and they can be cleaned easily. They also have a near-undetectable odor, which makes them preferable to other paints. However, if you use acrylics indoors, be sure that you’re in a well-ventilated area. 

Why You Should Learn Acrylic Painting in San Francisco

Painting has several mental health benefits. When you paint, you need to give most of your attention to what you’re working on. This can help improve your attention to detail and will take your mind away from outside distractions that may be causing you stress or anxiety. On top of that, painting has been shown to create positive emotions in the painter, which can help alleviate depression. Painting has therefore been used as a therapeutic tool. 

Acrylic paints are versatile. They can be used on paper, wood, cloth, and other surfaces. This makes acrylic painting a great way to add to other forms of art that you’ve made. You can paint on textiles with acrylics or figures that you’ve made from wood. Don’t worry if you have no prior painting experience. 

You can learn how to acrylic paint online or by taking a class in the San Francisco area. These classes will not only teach you the basics of acrylic paint, but they’ll also give you experience using acrylics on a variety of surfaces. 

In-Person Acrylic Painting Classes in San Francisco

In-person acrylic painting classes are being taught in the San Francisco area that you can sign up for today. In-person classes offer hands-on instruction from expert instructors. These instructors are also available to provide you with personalized feedback and can answer any questions that you have. If you’re looking to meet and socialize with other painters, these classes also provide you with that opportunity. 

Most in-person classes will provide you with the necessary materials to take the class, however, some may ask that you bring supplies for yourself. If this is the case, there will be a supply list either posted to the class page or sent to you upon signing up. These materials can be purchased at your local art or hobbyist store, or online. 

The Art School of SF Bay offers an oil and acrylic painting class to painters of all skill levels. This class will help you master the use of the two mediums and develop your art style. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll work on several paintings that focus on nature and you’ll create a finished portraiture. The Art School of SF Bay also hosts a color theory class that might interest you if you’d like to better understand the impact of color and light on your artwork.

Living Your Wild Life Creatively is an art studio in Santa Rosa that offers a studio practice class that any level painter can sign up for. This class focuses on a different topic each month. Participants will discuss the topic of the day with each other and the instructor, explore it through guided exercises, and then use their free time to paint and receive one-on-one feedback and support. Students are responsible for bringing acrylic paints and other materials, all of which can be found on the class page. 

Virtual Acrylic Painting Classes 

If you can’t make an acrylic painting class in San Francisco, you have the option of taking a virtual acrylic painting class. Virtual classes are taught remotely by live instructors from around the country. Classes focus on a variety of topics and techniques and are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level painters. 

You’ll need several tools and materials to take a virtual acrylic painting class, including acrylic paints and paintbrushes. For a full list of the items that you’ll need, check the supply list on the class’ page. 

An instructor with the Evanston Art Center will teach you about color mixing, painting techniques, and composition principles that are exclusive to acrylic paints in their class, Painting with Acrylics. This is an introduction to acrylic painting, so painters of all skill levels are welcome to sign up. You’ll receive one-on-one instruction in this remote class and work on a piece that speaks to you personally. 

Those with no painting experience can sign up for the 92nd Street Y’s class Acrylic Painting for Absolute Beginners. In this class, you’ll start with basic forms and progress to more advanced forms of acrylic painting.

Acrylics can be used on several surfaces, including cloth. La Pittura Art Studio’s tote bag painting class will teach you how to use acrylics on cloth as you paint a canvas tote bag. This class can be taken with friends or family. The studio will send you DIY kits that include most of the materials you’ll need, like paints, paintbrushes, and a canvas tote bag. 

Private Group Acrylic Painting Classes in San Francisco

Are you and a group of friends interested in booking a private group acrylic painting class? Or is your business or organization looking to book a class as a way of encouraging teamwork and communication? Whatever your learning goals, CourseHorse can deliver private group classes to you. 

CourseHorse is currently offering two acrylic-focused private group classes. The first one, their virtual Acrylic Painting workshop, will guide your group through the creation of an acrylic painting on canvas. For instruction in a non-traditional painting method, your group can book their Acrylic Pour Art class

CourseHorse will provide your group with all materials needed to take your class. Once you have provided them with a finalized headcount, they’ll mail out material kits to participants. For an additional price of $30, participants over the age of 21 can have a bottle of wine included with their kits. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees. They also allow free cancellations up to two weeks before your class is scheduled. If you need to reschedule a class less than 48 hours beforehand, you will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee. 

Zoom is the recommended online video platform for taking CourseHorse classes. They can, however, accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx if you provide the meeting details.

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