Acrylic Painting Media Testing Glen Zhang

What were the steps of this media testing? Explain each step.

The steps for this acrylic media testing was quite simple:

First, take a picture of you with different amounts of lightings around your face for a better effect, and then print it out with color and glue it on canvas (I used a piece of cardboard)

Second, look at the filtered picture you took, and paint over your printed out the picture with acrylic paint, use the picture on your electronic device as guidance to the colors on your facial features (if there is any background, paint it whatever color you want, I chose white).

What new things (concepts and/or skills) did you learn about how to properly use acrylic paint and care for the materials?

For acrylic paint, I learned that if you want to get a smooth look you need to constantly use water, water will also stop your acrylic paint from drying, which helps you mix the colors. For caring for the materials, I learned that you must not take too much paint, as I often run into situations where I had much more paint then I needed.

What did you using acrylic paint as a media? (What did you using acrylic paint as a media help you as a artist?)

I learned how to combine colors off or on your canvas to create different colors. Creating colors is really a craft, and I learned many ways to create the color that I want to see, for example, white combined with red made me a really smooth pink that I exaggerated for some of the light parts of my skin.

What was frustrating about acrylic painting?  How could you deal with this problem if you were to use acrylic paints in the future?

Personally, I didn’t really find anything frustrating about using acrylic paint, as long as you have water by your side, it won’t dry and you can choose to let it dry on purpose to get a rough texture, so there is no real downside (acrylic is probably my favorite tool for art, it’s that good).

What questions do you have about using acrylic paint? Are there certain techniques you want to learn how to do?  Reference an artist who works in acrylic regarding the technique you want to learn if you can.

One question that I have about acrylic paint is which famous painters use it, I really want to see how they fully utilize this tool. There is one specific thing I want to learn about acrylic paint, and that is how you create “shapes” with it, like give the viewer a feeling of a cheek, where it’s round (I don’t know any specific artist who uses this technique).



798 Art Zone Glen Zhang

Near the end of spring break (4/7/2018), I visited the 798 Art Zone. This is an area in Beijing filled with a collection of art galleries. With many art galleries and limited time, I went into about 6 art galleries, most of them won’t allow photography inside the gallery, so I was only able to get pictures from two art galleries, “SZ Art Center” and “Linda Gallery” both of which I am going to be discussing. (There was also cool street art as you walk along)


SZ Art Center:                  Artist: 吴冠中

There was no written theme for this gallery, but from most of the art, you can see clearly that the theme of this gallery is ancient China. This Artist loves using watercolor and uses in basically all his artworks. The descriptions of many of the artworks say that the artist is drawing what comes to his mind, and combines abstract and ancient Chinese culture drawing techniques together. This supports the theme of the gallery because abstract was used to bring out things that were from ancient China.

Linda Gallery                    Artist: 苏新平

There was also no written theme for this gallery, it was just a collection of artworks from the artist. from most of all of the artworks, there was a common trend, and that was that there was always a “human theme”. From a cat dancing like a human to peaches with human heads, there was always a human theme involved. particularly, this artist liked to make sculptures and used oil paint. This complimented his theme because he was able to sculpt/draw out a human(s) or human-like figures using these two styles of art.