Creative Box Studios

Acrylic Painting and Collage - Cacti Series with Anna Swanson


Learn the basics of drawing, acrylic painting, color mixing, and collage. During this course, you will create a colorful & floral cactus garden piece with artist Anna Swanson.

Materials will be shipped to you.

4-week course (8 hours of instruction)

  • February 6 - February 27, every Saturday
  • 10AM CT to 12PM CT

Over this 4-week course we will: 

  • Experiment with pencil and paper to sketch your design
  • Learn about different cactus plants, birds and flowers you can draw/paint
  • Focus on drawing, planning, and choosing a color palette
  • Learn different brush use techniques and skills
  • Mix acrylic paint to create bold and colorful hues
  • Leave class with a finished 16x 20" painting 

Tuition covers:

  • Four sessions of 2-hour instruction, demo, and practice
  • Limited class size for hands-on instruction
  • All materials you will need during class, including paints, brushes, paper, canvas, and more
  • Optional projects to work on at home to continue your practice in-between the times we meet

Who is this course suitable for?
Individuals who have little or no prior painting experience or individuals who would like to relearn intro skills.

Week 1:
Discussion: Composition and balance, Types of cactus plants
Instruction: Intro to composition, balance, drawing, and sketching of cactus and flowers
Project: Sketch out the cactus design, flowers, and blooms on paper with 

Week 2:
Discussion: Intro to design principles and how to determine your design
Instruction: Demonstration of drawing and sketching of cactus and flowers on canvas
Project: Draw out design on big canvas adding detail and background color.

Week 3:
Discussion: Color planning and mixing
Instruction: Create palettes on paper with paints
Project: Begin adding first layer of paint to the canvas

Week 4:
Discussion: Final tips and techniques, Details and layers
Instruction: Adding more layers, light and dark details, background color, and finishing details
Project: Guided instruction through final 16x20" painting on canvas

Included in your art box: 

  • 9 premium acrylic paints - Titanium white, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Quinacridone Magenta, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Fluorescent Pink + Black
  • 3 premium paint brushes - Medium Round, Medium Bright + Small Bright
  • 8x10" canvas
  • 16x20” canvas for final project 
  • Mixed media paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint palette  to color mix
  • Palette paper to color mix

About the Instructor:
Anna Swanson is a painter, elementary school art teacher, and mom. She received her BFA in fiber art & textiles and obtained her elementary art teacher certification. She is a stylist at heart and loves teaching children's art in her art studio with her daughter, whom her business is named after. A small collection of her original pieces are at Austin Art Garage and Gallery and prints of her work are on and Greenbox Art and Culture.

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