Hadn't painted for years and I wanted to start again. Lois, you keep it simple so the lessons are easy. I enjoy the painting class.
Thank you so much for your quick reply. I live in Columbus, Ohio. I have taken college classes in drawing in my life, (I'm 55), but recently have wanted to pick up sketching again and find I have blank slate syndrome. I need some motivation and I think your website is ideal for that!
I will let you know how I do in a few days. You are wonderful to share your gift with all of us.
Only actually free art classes! Some say they are, but are not! I am sending my donation,
You will spend a bit of money on your brushes, even on the synthetic bristle brushes like I favor. They will serve you well if you clean them well after each use.
Essentially, acrylic paint is a polymer (plastic.) When it dries in the bristles of your brush, you have plastic to content with. Once hardened, it is quite difficult to remove from your brush. If not cleaned well, the paint which has collected near the ferrule (holder of the bristles,) will harden and prevent the bristles from being flexible. It is not fun painting with that kind of stiffened brush and it will not do what you want it to do.
So, here's how to clean your brushes:
Rinse the paint from them by swishing them around in your water container. THEN, take a bar of soap (practically any bar soap will do--I use slivers which are too small or skimpy to use any more in the bathroom.) SCRUB the brush into the bar of soap, adding hot water periodically and working up some suds.
Don't stop until you see that there is no COLOR left in the brush, especially at the base of the bristles. Sometimes, bristles will be colored by the fine pigments in the acrylic paint--sort of like hair is dyed. That is OK. That kind of dye-job will not harm your brushes bristles.
When you have cleaned all of your brushes, press them into a paper towel or clean rag and either lay them flat or stand them up in a container to dry (bristles up, of course!)
I've had some brushes, both hog bristle and synthetic, for over ten years and they're still nice and flexible.
Be kind to your brushes and they will last a long time!