Introduction to Fluid Art: Acrylic Paint Pouring with Jim Bowen


In this workshop you will learn the step-by-step techniques to help you develop a strong foundation of the acrylic pouring fundamentals.


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Saturday, May 16 • 9:00am – 2:00pm
Ages 12 and up to adult.

In this workshop you will learn the step-by-step techniques to help you develop a strong foundation of the acrylic pouring fundamentals.

We will discuss the essential tools and supplies you will need and an explanation of what they do and why you need them.

You will also receive a list of tools that are essential to create a beautiful pour. A glossary of acrylic pouring terminology,  some of which apply to painting in general and some of which apply directly to acrylic pouring will be handed out.  A brief description will also be included in your packet that demonstrates numerous pouring styles so you will be ready to begin your own pouring journey at home.

Bring your apron and wear your old clothes because we will be doing hands on work. After I demonstrate the flip cup technique, dirty pour, puddle pour, tree ring, funnel pour and swipe you will create three pieces of art using your choice of these methods.


Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


$10 materials fee (cash or check) due to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Included in your fee:

3 canvases 8” x 8” each

Paint, mediums, tools, gloves etc- everything you need to create a pour.

Bring along old clothes and/or apron, drinking water & your good humor.

Instructor Bio

James Bowen, Artist

A mosaic is a very detailed work of art made up of numerous pieces of small material (usually glass or stone) that fit together to make one large picture. My career as a mosaic artist opened many doors. I was an adjunct professor at Cape Cod Community College for a decade. I created commissioned pieces for restaurants and fine homes. I led public art projects making mosaic murals that dot Cape Cod including the huge Shining Sea Bikeways mosaic in Falmouth. In the end of my mosaic journey, I took 4-5 years to create “My Mosaic Alphabet Book”, a children’s alphabet book that has sold over 1,000 copies. My path as an artist has come full circle. In my younger days,  I toiled in painting, printmaking, pottery- just about any art form you could think of. After traveling to Europe in the late ’90s, I became fascinated with mosaics and I settled on this ancient art form as my medium.

My desire to break out of the tight confines of working in such detail exploded when I mixed up acrylic paint, splashed it all over a canvas and a choir of angels sang!       Seriously, now I am back to the beginning of my artistic journey, as a painter. The style of this work of art is  Abstract Acrylic Paint Pouring. I don’t apply the paint with a brush but rather use gravity to move fluid acrylics around the canvas and manipulate the results with various tools including a trowel, sticks, and butane torch. I love the organic feel of this medium and the way it references landscape imagery as I seek to capture the feeling of this place we love-Cape Cod.

Throughout my life as an artist, my work has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the Cape. I’ve been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles including Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life and Cape Cod Times. My creative side follows me every day as a color and haircutting specialist at Artisan Salon in   Falmouth.

My wish is that my paintings open up your imagination and inspire a sense of peace within you.

 acrylic painting technique is that you don’t apply the paint with a brush or palette knife, but rather use gravity to move the paint across a canvas. The results are unlike anything you can get with a brush: fluid flows of paint without any brush marks or texture.