Documentary: The Invention of Acrylics

A Short History and a Family Story

Course Summary

Randall M. Hasson, with original research and interviews with the son of the inventor of Artist's Acrylics, Mark Golden, presents an exclusive history of how acrylics came to be. This documentary delves into the "why" of acrylics, how artists have used them in their work, how they have adapted over their history,  and how they can perform beautifully for you in your artwork.

The invention of Acrylics has a fascinating history dating from the mid 20th Century. Part 1 of the story delves into the background and history of the inventors, including Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden (Golden Artist Colors), Jose' Gutierrez (early experimentor and muralist), and Henry Levison (Liquitex). Part 2 follows the introduction, acceptance, marketing, and the continued development of the product in the art world today through a partnership with paintmakers and artists worldwide.

Course Curriculum

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of over 25 Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet in West Africa.

In 2015, he co-edited of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. In addition to a series of online workshops called Writing with a Bent Nib, Randall is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the 1900’s.

Course Pricing

  • The Invention of Acrylics
  • $10 USD

    A 2 Part Documentary

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