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Acrylic Technique Sampler

Lesson Plan & Artwork: Mary Reilly
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Lesson Plan
Grades 8-12
Sax Lesson Plans, Art, Math


Acrylic paint is a polymer-based paint that has changed our approach to painting. It is one of the most versatile mediums. In this lesson plan, students will explore different types of painting techniques by experimenting with Sax® True Flow® Premium Heavy-Bodied Acrylics. They will create a sampler with the very viscose and heavily pigmented paint.


  • Explore and learn about various painting techniques from the Master’s to new age Mixed Media artists.
  • Practice various painting techniques like glazing, layering, marbleizing and texturing.
  • Create a sampler exhibiting the various techniques they have learned or developed.

Supplies Needed

Sax® True Flow® Premium Heavy-Bodied Acrylic, 0.75 oz, Set of 24
Sax® True Flow® Premium Heavy-Bodied Acrylic, 4 oz, Set of 18
Sax® Optimum Golden Taklon Short Handle Brushes, Flats & Rounds, Set of 72
Sax® Optimum White Taklon Short Handle Brushes, Flats & Rounds, Set of 72
Sax® True Flow® Acrylic Glitter Glaze Medium, Quart
Sax® True Flow® Multi-Media Varnish, Gloss, Quart
Sax® True Flow® Acrylic Platinum Medium, Quart
Fredrix® Natural Cotton Canvas Roll, 30 in x 3 yds
School Smart® Black Bristol Board, 9x12, 100 sheets, Black
Chromacryl® Texture Paste, 8 oz


Step 1

To begin, research different painting techniques and share the favorite with the class. (Instructor can show additional examples that the students may have missed and demonstrate when necessary.)

Step 2

Practice the techniques on paper and possibly develop an original one.

Step 3

Cut the Fredrix Natural Canvas Roll into a 12 x 30-inch piece.

Step 4

Divide the canvas (on the clear gesso side) into a 4-inch square grid with a graphite pencil. There will be approximately 21 squares to work on.

Step 5

For this lesson only three colors of paint will be used – Titanium White, Mars Black and Cerulean Blue. The limited use of colors gives students the challenge of mixing color from a limited pallet.

Step 6

Apply a different technique to each of the squares. Some of the squares need to be cut away from the larger sheet to allow for paint splattering or paint pouring techniques without damaging the other technique samples.

Step 7

When finished, cut a three-inch view finder out of black Bristol Board. This view finder can be used to select the best part of each technique sample.

Step 8

Cut out the selected three-inch samples (21 samples) and mount to a piece of 10 x 22-inch Black Mat Board. This will allow for a quarter inch space around each sample.

Step 9

Display and critique work.

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