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How to get started with Acrylic Painting

By: Nika Tay Hui Min


You would be surprised to find that acrylic painting is a fairly newcomer in the artworld – having just been around since the 1940s. Widely regarded as a beginner friendly medium, no less, acrylic painting continues to be a highly accessible and versatile artform favored by seasoned to professional painters alike.

Due to its’ relatively inexpensive, easy-to-use, easy-to-clean-up and forgiving medium (easier to paint over mistakes), ideal for the art enthusiast who have zero experience in their first painting class. At the same time, acrylic provides a great foundation to foray as well as develop a broad range of art techniques while giving flexibility to experiment with various techniques and even mixed media art.

1. Set aside a time and budget 

Before you start creating any artwork, it is good to know plan and think through how much time and money you are investing and setting aside for your new-found art hobby. Setting aside a time and space to allow yourself to freely create and be intentional in creating is important. And after allocating an estimated budget, let’s get down to the essentials of acrylic painting.

2. Acrylic Supplies – “Behind every masterpiece is a great set of supplies!”

  • Acrylic Paints

Buying paint can feel like an overwhelming task with so many colors to choose from. In general, getting a good selection of primary colors (red, blue, yellow) is a good start! Include earthy tones into your color kit white, black will be more than sufficient for your initial paints.

It’s also important to note that not all paints are made the same, craft paints though cheap comes at a trade-off in terms of quality and coverage. So, invest in quality student grade or professional grade paints.

If not, to save you the mind-boggling hassle of selecting and choosing your own paints, buy our high-quality yet affordable Pebeo Studio Acrylic Paint Set complete with 12-colors here!

  • Paintbrushes

Similar to selecting paints, getting a varied set of paintbrushes with different tips and sizes is needed for giving your artwork an even background, good coverage to detailing work. You can also purchase our brush set perfect for any for both acrylic and watercolor painting.

Tip: As acrylic paint dries quick, start off with painting large shapes first! Painting the larger shapes and outline helps you to see the bigger picture and overall artwork.

  • Canvas – The world is your canvas!

Here’s the good news! Acrylic paints are so versatile you can paint them on almost any surface from the usual canvas, acrylic paper and even tote bags!

3. Learn from a professional – Sign up for an art class!

Even after getting all the essentials and supplies, watching online tutorials and know-how tips, the feeling of staring at a blank canvas and not knowing where or how to start can feel frustrating, if not daunting! Then perhaps, learning from a professional and taking up our Art lessons for adults will take you one step further!

If you are someone who needs that extra helping hand to guide and empower you along your art journey or the occasional painter looking to brush up your craft and techniques, Artpazionate’s specially curated Acrylic Canvas Painting Classes will do just that.

Ultimately, art is more than just arriving at the completed product. It is in the entire process from broadening your technical knowledge, conceptualizing an image, to sketching, choosing the colors and thereafter, painting your imagination into reality. That is true art.

For more info, check out our Canvas Painting Classes here: https://www.artpazionate.com/adults-teens-art/adults-and-teens-art/

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5 Ways to Make the Most out of Art Class

Art class can improve anyone’s life, from talented artists to the novice sketcher that doodles in their notebooks. However, when finally taking the leap and enrolling into one of the fun classes we have on offer at ArtPazionate there are a few ways to make the most out of art class. Here’s 5 quick and easy ways that will help you make the most out of your art class, subsequently ensuring you have the best possible experience.

1. Come with An Open Mind

Sometimes we are too focused on things we want to accomplish and doing things in a particular way. Art is all about going with the flow, trying new things and finding pleasure in the different. When you enter and participate an art class, come with an open mind. This will help ensure you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself or taking yourself too seriously, subsequently allowing you to derive the most pleasure from the course.

2. Don’t be Afraid of Messing up

Art class is all about learning, there is no need to meet infractions with frustration or anger. Mistakes are all part of the learning process. Instead of fearing mistakes, you should lean into them. Mistakes can often lead to amazing discoveries (such as Penicillin), you may reveal a new shade of color you love or find a new style that suits you better.

3. Come Prepared

While most classes don’t require a lot of preparation, the best way to get the most out of the class is to do your homework. If your course requires quick prep before you arrive, take the 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to ensure it is done. This ensures you enjoy the course to the fullest and that you’re not stressed out during the class.

4. Choose the Right Class

To ensure you thoroughly enjoy the class you’re taking and make the most out of it, it’s essential that you choose a class that inspires you. This isn’t to be confused with a class that comes naturally to you. By all means pick something you’re not comfortable with or you’re known to have difficulty with. The only essential criteria is that you’ve picked something that doesn’t bore you. If you’re into water colour but have always been intimidated by it, sign up for a class. If you’re excellent at prints but have always been interested in oil paintings, give it a shot. If you’re interested in the art, it’s the right class for you.

5. Be Easy on Yourself

Be easy on yourself, don’t fret about how well others are doing or compare yourself to the other students. Everyone is on a different art journey, no one should feel pressured to excel. The goal of art is to nourish your life and cultivate your skills. It’s not a competitive sport and at ArtPazionate we live by this philosophy.

 Making the most out of art class can be done by following these 5 simple steps.  Sift through the courses we have to offer and follow these steps to ensure the most joyful experience possible.

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3 Ways Art Enriches Your Life

Glancing at great art is a little like falling in love, our brain produces dopamine and takes you to new exhilarating heights. Art appreciation improves and enriches your life exponentially, it incites creativity and an appreciation for things the mind often wanders past. Put simply, art enriches your life in ways you could never imagine. Here are 3 ways Art does this, otherwise known as three reasons you should be incorporating art into your life through daily art classes.

Art Heals

In this day and age, where the world doesn’t seem to pause and your schedule is relentless it can be easy to neglect the time needed to heal. Giving yourself the time to heal from a traumatic experience or a stressful period is essential to advance in personal growth and wellness.  Art is therapeutic in nature and visual expression has been a medium for healing throughout the centuries. Art therapy hands you the key to unlocking your true self through the creative use of materials to expressing your subconscious thoughts. Talent is not an element in art therapy, it is in fact irrelevant; the principle of art therapy is to foster your subconscious thoughts, subsequently resulting in a soothing, stress-free medium of therapy.

Art and the release of Feel Good Power on the Brain

Ercole Vellone and Al informed that among stroke survivors, those with an invested interest in the arts found their health and sense of motivation improve. They had better health in general, found it much easier to walk and tend to be happier. These scientific results suggest that art has long term effects to the brain that help a person cope and recover when things go wrong.  This is further supported by Abraham Maslow’s, American Professor of Psychology, ‘Pyramid of Needs’ which confirms that art improves the quality of life through self-actualisation. In essence studies show that the release of dopamine due to art is not a short term effect, instead it acts on the mind continuously and enriches the quality of the subject’s mind.

Art is an Inspiration

The positon of Art in human kind has never been under-estimated, in fact its ability to create change and allow self-actualisation has always been acknowledged as a powerful concept. This is why in the 1920’s, the height of the Nazi’s influence, there was an explicit urge to regulate art in Germany. Art was turned into a propaganda tool, the community restricted from creating art of the free mind to circumvent a rise in morale and potential mutiny. Art was harnessed as a weapon to propagate a particular stream of belief instead. This illustrates just the power art has on a society and individuals alike, it is able to create incomprehensible feelings and improve the quality of your life.

It surprisingly easy to neglect the things that improve the quality of our lives in lieu of more important tasks. However, it’s pertinent to take the time to allow yourself the room for self-actualisation and growth. A daily art class or fortnightly art class will help you achieve this and at ArtPazionate we are passionate about helping your realise the power art can have in your life. Peruse through the classes we have to offer and settle upon one which entices you the most, we promise you won’t regret it.

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3 Ways Art Pazionate’s Workshops can help your Business or Team

A team that works well together will be more effective, productive and successful than a team that struggles to maintain significant relationships with one another. However, building a team can be hard work and most team-building activities lack a creative component. Creativity is an important and vital skill to a team as it encourages a team to think out of the box and tackle problems in an innovative way. Providing businesses or team with an Art Workshop is the perfect way to induce creativity and create a strong foundation in relationships. At Art Pazionate we offer a plethora of art workshops that can help your team or business in 3 different ways.

1. Encourages a Creativity

Modern research has revealed that active involvement in visual art allows the ‘right brain’ capabilities to flourish. This is useful to a team or business as it increases an individual’s ability identify both specific elements of a situation and the bigger picture. It will further help improve awareness and effectiveness in communicating with people via a visual modal; ensuring that everyone’s attention is captivated at all times. As mentioned prior, creativity will also help encourage an innovative approach to things. Furthermore, visual art is also therapeutic in nature and can help people attain a sense of balance and calmness, subsequently allowing them to engage issues with a level-head.

2. Breaking the Ice

Breaking the proverbial ice can be a challenging task to accomplish in  a team. Often people mistake professionalism in a team with distance. However, a team can remain professional and maintain a friendly relationship. Allowing your team or business the opportunity to engage in a teambuilding event such as art class will help break down barriers, spark laughter and create a bond between members. Light-hearted events like Art Pazionate Workshops will help new teams feel at ease with one another and reinforce the bonds of older teams.

3. Forging Strong Bonds

There is nothing that brings a team closer together than forging bonds through laughter and failure. Art Pazionate allows your team to do this in a relaxed and informal environment. Art takes practice and each team member’s trial and error is sure to provide joy and comedic content. This will help a team create long lasting and fond memories, instilling them with a sense comradeship. To encourage this, our canvas painting class allow individual canvases to be joined together to create a larger picture; a reflection of how every individual is an important and vital part of the team.

Our workshops are designed to help facilitate team work and creative out of the box thinking. We offer workshops in Canvas Painting, Paper Quilling Art, Lino Art, Tote Bag Painting + Stencilling, Fashion Water Colour Illustration and Self-Portrait Watercolour Illustration. All workshops can be tailored to suit your needs. They are set in a fun, relaxing environment to facilitate the creation of lasting bonds between team members. Some workshops span over a two hour period, making it a great lunch time or late afternoon team building activity. We invite you to peruse through the workshops we have to offer and pick one which intrigues you the most.

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TECHNOLOGY FULLY REPLACING ART?


Art is changing due to the presence of technology. It seems like Art cannot survive alone without technology being weaved in now. Technology has offered novel avenues for expression such as social media. Artists, these days, can use services such as crowdfunding, where they can raise money online to kick-start their ideas.

The Internet has allowed for the rehashing, editing and manipulation of content especially with the new form of technologies. It is the norm to create new things online, now and the trend of sharing them with the rest of the world is foreseeable.

Technology has transformed traditional art into digital art. It takes away the tools, paintbrushes and blank piece of canvas which in actual fact enhances creativity and the space for artistic expression. The traditional process of creating art is intrinsic in a sense where artists work with raw materials from the purest form to create a piece of original artwork. Now, with the rise of digital technology, this raw aspect is no longer emphasised and the traditional workings of art is diminishing. Take, for instance, Photoshop specialists are one of the most common digital artists which take photography to the next level. With the help of different applications, a photo can be readjusted and edited to the preferred style of the digital artist. Technology has also reduced the time taken in executing the real artwork. From this, we know that technology can provide a quicker or more instant completion of art but it takes away the joy, patience and physical touches of finishing up painting. In simple words, with digital art, the essence of the human touch is gone.

With this in mind, it is essential to know that real art comes from within the soul. It gives new meaning to life and allows us to express ourselves freely in a more creative manner. It is the point of inspiration for raw talent to express their individualism.

As a child, it is the best time to enrich themselves with skills through artistic development. It can help them interpret their life experiences while building their artistic creativity. It also incorporates many values in children. Children can develop their thinking capacities, plan and organise better. Art can also provide children with opportunities for language and communication skills as well. Furthermore, art is essential for children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. The art classes for kids in Singapore at Art Pazionate will provide you with countless opportunities to enhance your child’s gross and fine motor skills.

At Art Pazionate, we offer the best art classes for kids in Singapore to develop their creative thinking skills. On top of that, there are art lessons for adults available at Art Pazionate as well. Art can help to alleviate stress, boost confidence and improve the quality of life by enhancing the immune system. When immersed in Art, adults will be able to improve levels of concentration which overall heightens mental clarity. It does not get better than this! If you want to enjoy the many benefits of Art, enrol in our art lessons for adults.

Additionally, Art can foster the minds of children to think in innovative ways and make their own decisions when they create their artwork. Art can give them opportunities to experiment around, take risks and make mistakes. They can gain skills by making pure art through drawing and painting, also known as process-oriented art. For example, a plain sketchbook and crayons can stimulate a sense of openness where children can think beyond their comfort zones.

Traditional art has many countless benefits, especially with is apparent effects on children from such a young age as early as 20 months old. With this in mind, presumably, it cannot be replaced by technology.

Quickly enrol in our art classes for kids in Singapore at Art Pazionate now! If you are an adult and looking to enhance your creativity and artistic side, our art lessons for adults can do just that for you