Date of Publication


Document Type


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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) [in Art]






Painting -- Technique -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Acrylic resins



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1 online resource (iv, 62 leaves, mounted col. ill.)


It was my purpose to study the role of acrylic paints and other products in the secondary high school and junior high school art curriculum in the area of painting, and related activities and to make a realistic evaluation of this medium. Because of its comparative newness and because of a general lack of knowledge of and experience with it, I felt such a study would fill a need relative to the utilization of acrylic products in the classroom. In preparation I read the material which was available on painting with acrylics'. The number of books published on the subject is limited. I talked with art teachers and found that many had only a cursory acquaintance with acrylics or had not used them at all. With this background I became involved in as many aspects of the use of acrylics in. the classroom as I could. A skeptic at first, I became increasingly enthusiastic as my work progressed. From my own experiences with acrylics, I devised some experiments which, for the most part, I took into the classroom and with which I involved students ranging from third grade to high school level. After my own experiences with acrylics as both artist and teacher, it is my conviction that acrylics can be invaluable in the art curriculum, and that they can be most helpful in providing a significant contemporary approach to the fundamentals of painting and other techniques. There are five chapters and an appendix in this thesis report. The first chapter provides an introduction to the acrylic products, with a brief summary of their-development as a fine arts medium, their cost, handling characteristics and their advantages and disadvantages. The second chapter is concerned with the individual acrylic products and with equipment and supplies. Painting techniques and suggestions for the use of acrylics are discussed in the third chapter. Suggestions for additional uses in the related activities of collage, mosaic, printing, drawing, transparent design and other techniques are contained in the fourth chapter. In the fifth chapter I state my conclusions concerning the medium. Photographs of student work and my work are included as a supplement to the text. A list of local suppliers and a list of manufacturers are included in the appendix, as well as photographs of my thesis paintings.


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