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Acrylic Painting 1F22

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Learners will begin with observation and explore composition, color, and value using a live model and still life as a subject.  Those with an established painting practice will find ways to infuse your process with new vigor and test the boundaries of your comfort zone.  Work on artistic subjects selected by the instructor or continue a work-in-progress with guidance and feedback.

Enjoy a relaxed and supportive atmosphere in which to grow your creativity.


I registered for this class because I wanted to be challenged.  Terry is an excellent teacher and teaches me to explore!


For years I have been a fan of Terry Boutelle's paintings. I am a middle-level painter, and wanted to paint with her. I have taken classes at Eliot School before and have loved the instruction and the atmosphere.  The class really pushed me to discover what I don't know and Terry gave me good instruction on how to improve on my techniques. Working alongside very experienced artists pushed me to reach higher. We had a live model that came to 4 sessions, and I had never had that experience. Wow! I learned a lot.  Terry is a wonderful teacher, as she took the time to go to every single student multiple times to offer suggestions and inspiration.


I wanted to kick start my return to painting now that I'm retired and have the time.  Terry was a thoughtful instructor and gifted at helping each person with their individual challenges and strengths. She left me with valuable insights and tools. 


This class is open to learners of all-levels of experience, though some familiarity with painting is beneficial.

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Terry Boutelle

Terry Boutelle

Terry Boutelle has been a painter for over 30 years, working in acrylic, watercolor, printmaking and mixed media. A member of the Jamaica Plain Artists Association, Cambridge Art Association and Fort Point Arts Community, she exhibits her work throughout New England. She has studied art at Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art & Design, wand holds an MFA from the MassArt program at Fine Arts Work Center.

Drawing and Painting
Materials to bring to class:

Please bring to the first class:

Suggested Brushes: 2 inch flat, 1 inch flat, 1/2 inch flat and 2 different size rounds.  

newsprint/drawing pad

soft vine charcoal

kneaded eraser

two   stretched canvases (e.g., 12x12, 9x12, or larger), or canvas board or panel

jar/plastic container(s) for water


palette knife

Spray bottle

Acrylic paint: 2 oz. size for all colors, 5 0z. size for white. (Golden Heavy Body, Liquitex, or Blick)

Suggested colors: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (green shade), Sap Green, Viridian, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, other optional colors (e.g., Quinacridone Magenta, Turquoise, Red Oxide, Green Gold).

Where to buy supplies online:





Dick Blick (Landmark Center or Cambridge)

Artist and Craftsman Supply (Central Square or Saugus)