The Painter’s Toolbox: An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Build a strong foundation of skills to create a painting from start to finish, exploring paint application, the value scale, texture and color theory.

Designed for beginners or those looking to refresh their acrylic painting skills, this course introduces a wide variety of building block techniques to create a painting from start to finish. Explore paint application, the value scale, color theory and creating texture, while expressing yourself along the way. By learning basic techniques and making discoveries, you gain flexibility in your painting practice and emerge with a strong foundation of painting skills.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1015.F18.1 Laura Spector On-campus 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Spector
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 1:30-4 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 19, 2018

Instructor: Laura Spector

Laura Spector is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and a recipient of an Individual Grant Award from the Houston Art Alliance. She exhibited in ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2016, at FotoFest 2014 and in Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” in 2013 and 2017. Her work has been published in The Harvard Review, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art.” She has studied fine art at both the Flemish Classical Atelier in Belgium and Virginia Commonwealth University and was a resident artist at AtelierHaus Hilmsen in 2016. Her artwork can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 19, 2018

End Date: Nov. 14, 2018

Schedule: 1:30-4 p.m.

Length: Eight Wednesdays (no class Oct. 10)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $315 (Fee does not include cost of supplies: $150 or higher, depending on materials selected.)

Rice Alumni: $284

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact

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