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Course Description

Discover how acrylic inks and oil paint can be used to achieve a radiant sense of light, atmosphere, and form. Sherre Wilson Liljegren demonstrates her multi layering method for building her paintings, which starts with fluid washes of acrylic inks, then alternating transparent glazes and opaque overlays of oil paint. A master of techniques as a vehicle to conveying emotion, Sherre will place emphasis on honing skills for using this technique, as well as invite color experimentation and method invention. Whether you are looking to dig deeper into the possibilities of your painting practice, or seeking to push through a stubborn default mode, you will learn powerful tools that heighten both the experience of creating with the experience of viewing. Bring one medium size canvas or board to work from, and some small supports to experiment. INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED LEVEL.

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


The AAN Studio is equipped with glass top sliding carts that make perfect glass palettes. However, you will want to bring a large plastic bin or tray with palette paper and a lid. Because the studio is used for evening classes and storage room is at a minimum, students are asked to transport their supplies to and from the studio each day. We also supply vegetable oil, brush cleaner, and dawn soap for clean up.

Supports: one medium size canvas or board to work from, and some small supports to experiment.

Suggested oil pigments:
Mussini: transparent cyan & oriental blue & Violet & Magenta & Turquoise Williamsburg: quinacridone gold brown & transparent iron oxide.
Daniel Smith: quinacridone gold & burnt scarlet & cold black.
Any brand: paynes gray, asphaltum, indian yellow

Acrylic high flow:
hansa yellow, brown iron oxide, phthalo blue, green, quinacridone magenta, red, green gold, ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple, neutral gray , titanium white, buff

Simply Simmons - (very inexpensive) variety of sizes

Paper towels
Gamblin: Galykd, Gamsol, Linseed oil
palette knife

PLEASE NOTE AAN’s Greener Practices:

  • Oils: Stand, Linseed, Vegetable, Walnut
  • Solvents: Galkyd or Gamsol
  • Clean up with vegetable oil and soap :
    (palettes, tables, brushes, and easels)
  • ALL Rags and Towels with Paint, Ink, and Solvents are disposed in red cans.


  • Turpentine, Paint Thinner, or Mineral Spirits, including odorless products
  • Fumey and Toxic Glues
  • Liquin, Varnish, Dryers, Fixatives or Aerosols
Building a Painting with Color and Connection 2, 18+

Sherre Wilson-Liljegren

Sherre Wilson Liljegren is a painter, photographer, mixed media artist, and lifelong AAN member. She received her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in Painting and Printmaking, before earning an MS in Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art. Wilson-Liljergen has shown her work internationally, exhibiting her ethereal landscapes and interiors of Nantucket, England, Spain, Mexico, Wyoming and the Artic. In the late 90’s she revamped the adult painting classes at the Gardner-Perry facility, later serving on the AAN board from 2009 to 2018. Residencies include two Visual Artist Residency Fellowships at Vermont Studios Center, and most recently completed The Arctic Circle Residency’s Art and Science expedition to the High Arctic in 2019.
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