Creative Edge Acrylic Painting - Fall 2018

Explore new techniques, texture, patterns, layering and other surprises.  Using not only brushes but rollers, and other improvised tools to more creatively depict landscapes, figures, animals, or abstracts.  Begin with foundational understanding of
composition and color harmony and then follow your heart and get as wild as your dreams!

Instructor: Tara Belk
Enrollment: 15
Dates:  Mondays,  Sept. 10 -- Oct. 22    (7 weeks)  
Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:  $170
Location:  Edwin Duncan Hall Room #313

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fill or three days before the class starts, whichever comes first: 

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

 Click here to register
PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

Tara J. Belk is a local artist who loves teaching and encouraging creativity in others. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree with a concentration in painting and clay sculpture and has maintained a pottery studio in Tennessee since 2003. Her work can be seen online at and at Hands Gallery in Boone, Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson North Carolina, and Johnson County Arts Center in Mountain City, Tennessee.

Supply List:

White Gesso (I use Cheap Joe's brand)
Watercolor Paper (140 lb.) or canvas panels
Acrylic Paints: Any blue, yellow and red  (I use Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Yellow Medium), plus Burnt Sienna and Alizarin Crimson  (2 oz. tubes or larger)
Brushes recommended: 1” Flat,  ½” Flat and #10 Round (I use watercolor brushes instead of those really stiff ones they suggest for oils)
White Plastic sheeting for the table (large garbage bags will work)
One Pint or larger water container
Roll of Paper Towels (I recommend VIVA because they are stronger)
Palette knife
Matte Medium


PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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