Adventures in Acrylics -- Not Offered Fall 2019

acrylic paintingStart an imaginative journey and learn to find and express your unique painting personality.  Emphasis will be on understanding good composition and color harmony that relates to any subject matter, whether abstract or realistic.  We will explore new techniques and ways to achieve various textures and interesting effects, and most importantly enjoy the journey! This class is for those who have never painted before as well as for those with some experience.

Instructor: Tara Belk
Enrollment: 12
Dates:             (7 weeks)  
Cost:  $170
Location:  EDH #315

REGISTRATION:  Registration begins at noon on the dates below, and remains open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If a date below falls on a weekend or a holiday, registration will open on the first working day after this date:

  • FALL SESSION 2019:  August 12 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION 2020:  December 2 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION 2020:  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 and Artwalk in Boone, North Carolina.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week 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 Elizabeth Fields 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 Elizabeth Fields at 828-262-2944 or email

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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