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Art, Design and Crafts

Mixed Media and Collage


Start date: 2nd Jun 2020

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Cost: £45

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 5 weeks

Tutor: Sally How

Course code: 20SU168

This course is for; 

Any skill level from complete beginners to intermediate experienced artists.

You will need;  

You can work using any art materials you have at home. This could include watercolour paints, acrylic paints, gouache paints, (but not oil paints), coloured pencils, oil pastels as well as collage materials which will be a mixture of found materials you may otherwise throw away,

Found materials: These may include found textures such as old coloured magazines, coloured or textured threads, net bags used for oranges and lemons, as well as scraps of fabric, old paper bags or wrapping paper and tissue paper. You may even have things around the house such as stamps, tickets, greetings cards, or buttons which could be usefully repurposed.


Glue. PVA glue is the best type, although it is possible to use a stick type glue. You can use a glue spreader or pieces of cardboard as a glue spreader.

Scissors or craft knife and cutting mat if you have them (not essential)

Paper or card to work on. Cardboard from large cereal packs is fine as a background  for acrylic paints, if you don’t have any large paper. Watercolour paint would need white paper. Cartridge or watercolour paper would be the best for watercolour or gouache paints.

A box or container to keep your art equipment in, or a table where you can leave your equipment set out.

Picture to work from:

This is your personal choice. You may choose a picture of a landscape or other picture you would like to work on to create a mixed media and collage piece of art. It could be an image or place you have been to yourself, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you like the picture.



5 weeks online Tuesday 18.00 to 20.00

Additional Costs;  

None. Simply use art equipment you already have at home. If you don’t have any you may choose to buy a cheap set of paint. Student quality paint sets are the best value. PVA glue can be bought from many supermarkets or online stores. This is a great course to use materials you already have and create artwork repurposing ‘found’ materials.

The course aims:

To teach you how to select a suitable picture to work from.

How to start your own painting.

Each week we will learn something new to add each layer of our mixed-media painting.

The course will cover  

Looking at and learning from the work of mixed media artists and understanding how their art is successful.

Composition and layout. Cropping your image and thumbnail sketches. How to choose your own composition. Drawing your design.

Using Paint. Choosing colours. Painting the background. Thickness of paint and brushstrokes.

What exactly is mixed media? Adding layers. Overlapping shapes.

Building up texture. Adding techniques to add interesting and unusual effects.

Overlaying transluscent and opaque sections. Why this is useful. Using stencils.

Adding collage and ‘found’ pieces to your work.

Applying contrasting details, as well as some more unusual and fun mixed media techniques.

 By the end of the course students:

They will have learned, practiced and applied the techniques above.

They will have made an interesting mixed media piece of art.

They will have selected their own image and created their own mixed media picture.

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Sally How

Sally How BA (Hons) PGCE Art and Design
Level 3 NCFE Jewellery Design
Sally is a qualified teacher of Art and encourages each individual to be creative, whatever their starting level.

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