• All Levels
  • Interdisciplinary

Mixed media is a visual art form that allows the artist to use a variety of mediums to create an art piece. Exploration of a wide range of materials and techniques is emphasized in this six-week course. Students can combine drawing, painting and collage with a wide range of processes such as relief printing, frottage, marbling, stencilling, sponging on paper, wood, and canvas, etc. Students will organize and assemble the project pieces to create a series of mixed media works combining a variety of different surfaces and effects during this course. This class is designed for beginners and those wishing to experiment with new methods of working with texture and combinations of traditional and non-traditional materials. Demonstrations, reviews and samples will provide inspiration with each class session.


Tuition: $290 | Materials fee: $20 | Total: $310

Notes: No class May 11.

What you will learn

  • Exploration of a number of number of mark making methods.
  • Research: Contemporary and historical methods plus how this impacts the student’s knowledge.
  • How mixed media incorporates itself into other practices/painting/sculpture/installation
  • Importance of use of space, combination of subject matter and organizational strategies.

Materials to Bring

Note: The $20 materials fee covers demonstration supplies. Please remember that professional quality materials are far superior to student quality for decent results.

  • Students are responsible for providing the following supplies:
  • Paper - Canson mixed media pads - pick a preferred size.  We generally go large! 98 – 138 lbs, 9 x 12” and 18 x 24”
  • Paints- a decent quality – such as Golden , Windsor Newton, Liquitex - get double the white- and at least cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, hookers green, magenta, lamp black, ochre, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, titanium white, and metallic.
  • FW Acrylic inks - at least 6 colours- there are also pearlescent and metallic colours – white, lemon yellow, flame red, emerald green, prussian blue, magenta.
  • Brushes - synthetic nylon are good - minimum# 2, # 6, # 10 flats, and whatever else you can afford.
  • Gel medium - for gluing and sealing.
  • Retarder medium to slow down drying time with acrylic paints.
  • Paper towels
  • Synthetic sponges
  • Sketchbook- 50 lb minimum
  • Pencils - 2b
  • Paper palettes for mixing, transparent egg cartons for mixing inks
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Plastic eraser
  • Good pointed scissors- manicure scissors are also handy
  • Masking tape
  • Small rulers
  • Optional - Heat transfer paper in packages – for white or light backgrounds – staples, aboveground art supply
  • Optional - Canvases and wooden panels are an option if you wish to work with them
  • A small book or plastic folder with inserts that can be used to keep samples, notes and all ideas and sketches
  • Thin latex gloves, if desired

The following inks, papers, and supplies are provided until the available budget funds are finished:

  • Some mixed media paper
  • Marbling base, alum powder and inks
  • Large plastic trays with an edge, plastic combs
  • squeegees
  • Paraffin wax
  • Irons and hair dryers
  • Pastes for paste papers
  • A selection of plastic stencils
  • A selection of decorative rubber rollers
  • Fabric samples from Designers Fabrics
 
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