Curriculum

Curriculum developed & written by Kat Gibson. Copyright Kat Gibson Art 2017.

Welcome to the Kat Gibson Art School Of Acrylic Painting. Here’s the curriculum I have written for Levels 1 and 2 (the first 26 sessions – should last a year). I have to let you know at this point, if you are not already aware, that I am a self-taught artist and will be teaching these techniques based on what I have picked up from my own years’ worth of experience, not from any other curriculum from any organisation. 

Every session, each student will produce a painting, the theme of which is specified at the end of each heading below. No two paintings will be the same – each student will do the sorts of pictures that they would like to produce, with help and guidance from me along the way. This means that I am not going to simply give all students a picture and tell them to copy it. I will teach them to experiment and learn various styles, try out different shapes and colours together, blend colours in ways that they find exhilarating, so that each student will become an artist in their own right with their distinctive ways and personal favourites, not simply lots of clones of me or my style! I will train them to imagine, to dream, to follow where the paint and brush may lead, and to explore or express themes that are important to them. Art is not just about making a mess and creating something pretty, but about making sense of the world; conveying purpose; causing viewers to feel things. Painting is an outlet, a therapy, a tool – not just a hobby.

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SOAP  Level 1 (First 12 Sessions + Celebration)

In sessions 1-7, techniques will be practiced in the Sketchbook and then a painting will be produced on a piece of A4 Artist Paper which will be displayed in the student’s Personal Portfolio and can be mounted / framed at a later date. From Session 8 onwards, techniques will be practiced in the Sketchbook and then a painting will be produced on a 30x40cm stretched canvas (with the option to continue on A4 Artist Paper if preferred).

Session 1: Introduction to the course, Establishing Aims, Introducing Equipment. Play!

Session 2: Mastering 5 Techniques with a Flat Brush. Abstract or Flag piece.

Session 3: Considering varied ways of portraying Sunlight. Sunset or Sunny Day piece.

Session 4: Blending Colours and Shades for Layers and Perspective. Rolling Hills piece.

Session 5: Use of Colour Combinations in creating different Feelings. Winter piece.

Session 6: Textured Effects with Brush Techniques & Colour Combinations. Forest piece.

Rewards (new equipment – see Rewards for more info) presented at the end of Session 6.

Session 7: Textured Effects with Mixed Media. Storm piece on stretched canvas.

Session 8: Shading; use of Light & Dark. Still Life piece.

Session 9: Shapes – People. Confidence in the Brush & Hand. Sunset & Silhouette piece.

Session 10: Shapes – Animals & Trees. Brush Confidence again. Sunset & Silhouette piece.

Session 11: Shapes – Scenery. Following the Feel of the Painting – Experimental piece.

Session 12: Abstract & Bold Shapes, Lines, Shading with No Obligations. Abstract piece.

Celebration & Awards! Also opportunity to discuss the possibility of a group exhibition.

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SOAP  Level 2 (Next 12 Sessions + Celebration)

Session 1: Introduction to the course, Establishing Aims, Introducing Equipment. Play!

Session 2: Cartoon Style. Bring a pic of a favourite cartoon character. Cartoon piece.

Session 3: Using Black Pen over a Painting. Village Scene piece.

Session 4: Reflections & Water techniques. Mountains & Lakes piece.

Session 5: Other Water Techniques. Stream or Beach piece (personal choice).

Session 6: Glass techniques. Wine/Champagne glass or Vase piece.

Rewards (new equipment – see Rewards for more info) presented at the end of Session 6.

Session 7: Recap over varied ‘styles’ of painting. Piece in a Different Style to your usual.

Session 8: Attention to Detail – Foreground vs Background & different Brush Techniques.

Session 9: Skin – People (arms & legs shading). Piece involving People.

Session 10: Clouds – various Textures & Methods. Sea & Sky piece.

Session 11: Abstract & Bold Shapes, Lines, Shading with No Obligations. Abstract piece.

Session 12: Chance to practice any of the tools & techniques learnt so far. Any style piece.

Celebration & Awards! Also opportunity to discuss the possibility of a group exhibition.


SOAP  Level 3 (Next 12 Sessions + Celebration)

TBC – the curriculum at this point will depend on the progress and preferences of the students.


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