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Introduction to Acrylic Painting taught by Carl Oltvedt

May 9, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 6:00 pm

Multi-Session Class

Meets 3 Tuesdays May 9,16+23 from 3-6pm at Wet Paint
$140.00 Includes all paint, medium, and some materials for in class shared use.


This class is suitable for beginners and ages 16+

With so many options in the world of acrylic paint, it can be intimidating knowing where to begin…let seasoned instructor, Carl Oltvedt, show you the way!  Carl will review the basics of materials, color theory and techniques to give you a solid foundation in the principles & practice of acrylic painting.  More advanced applications will also be discussed as the class progresses.  This class is perfect for those new to acrylic painting, as well as those with experience that need guidance or a catalyst.

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A little about Acrylics: With the introduction of water-soluble acrylic paint in the 1950’s, artists began to discover the wonderful range of expressive potential inherent in it:  drying chemically inert, not being resoluble after the paint film is dry, quick drying, both thin glazes and opaque applications possible (including heavy impasto), and not requiring the use of toxic solvents were some of the major advantages cited.  Since the original introduction, artist color manufacturers such as Liquitex, Golden, M.Graham, Holbein and many others have continued to work on developing new formulations, mediums and adding new pigments to the colors available for artists to choose from.

Golden has a line of Open Acrylics, which dry over the course of several hours. This gives an artist the opportunity to work with the paint in techniques normally thought to be exclusive to oil colors.

Carl Oltvedt is working as an artist full-time, following his retirement as a Professor in the School of Visual Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He has worked as a guest artist in regional schools as well as abroad at the Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. Oltvedt’s paintings and drawings are included in the permanent collections of the Rourke Art Museum, Plains Art Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, North Dakota Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Minnesota Historical Society. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship in 1991, a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship in 2002, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for fiscal year 2014.  He is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, MN, and Underbrush Gallery, Fargo, ND.