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Masterclass: Poppy Field of Dreams in Acrylic

On 14th July '20, popular professional artist Tim Fisher guided us through painting an incredible poppy field using a prepared canvas with acrylics.

Watch the canvas 'class prep' video below and then watch the masterclass in full by clicking the unlocked video below. If it isn't unlocked, you can purchase it by visiting Tim's shop here:

See video, reference picture, materials required and paintings received below.

Reference Picture:

Canvas Prep Video

Workshop Video (to unlock this video, purchase here)

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Materials Required PLEASE NOTE WHEN VIEWING THE CLASS PREP VIDEO USE CADMIUM RED HUE & CADMIUM YELLOW LIGHT HUE FOR BOTTOM HALF SKY AREA USE YELLOW OCHRE (This prevents a greenish sky when doing the overpainting later) • A stretched canvas or canvas covered board is ideal, preferably measuring 12”x16” (30x41cm) though you can paint larger if you are a fast painter! • Failing that, a piece of card such as picture framer’s mountcard would work though this may tear with masking tape. When applying masking tape to this surface, the tape can safely be removed by first heating with a hairdryer.

Brushes • An assortment of acrylic brushes – I mostly use a flat nylon 3⁄4 inch brush. Plus a small round size 4 nylon brush that points well for any fine detail work • Palette Knife (I generally only use a metal 5cm long tear drop blade knife with a cranked handle (plastic knives don’t work so well)

Paint • Student colours can be used, please use reasonable sized containers(approx. 100ml in size) otherwise you may run out. - Mars black - Titanium white - Cerulean blue or cobalt blue (I like the sennelier Azure blue which is very similar) - Cadmium red hue - Cadmium yellow light hue - Yellow ochre - Burnt sienna - Purple or Violet • A drawing board or easel • 1” masking tape • Water container • Disposable tear off palette or a couple of pieces of A4 card for mixing on. • Plain white kitchen roll • Spray atomiser • Sharp knife • Lastly, a car wash sponge (NOTE: not a washing up sponge or natural sponge)


Paintings sent in to us:


Tim's 'bonus' painting (his mini-tutorial)

Jenny F.

"Really enjoyed it all. Thank you so much Tim."

Jan W.

"Tim Fisher did a great teaching job... His poppies painting in acrylics was easy to follow and was really enjoyable."

Debbie R.

"Thank you for hosting yesterday’s masterclass with Tim Fisher; I have been using acrylics for a while and so it was great to try out something new and exciting.  Tim paints quite fast and I struggled to keep up, so towards the end I stopped painting and just watched.  My finished painting is in a completely different style to how I normally paint and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to learn some new techniques and pick up some top tips – I’ve even added a couple of birds!

These arty classes and masterclasses are brilliant and I’m enjoying them immensely, so thank you for everything you’re doing."

Janet K.

"Thank you for sharing your time and experience with us. I am sending you a copy of my painting, because I’m pleased and surprised at the finished result. This is the first time I have ever shared a painting and the first time I have ever used a palette knife and a sponge. Sorry, I was the one that got completely lost with the negative space black paint, but then there’s a first time for that too!

I shall use this experience and attempt to do something with one of my own ideas."


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