Introduction to Mixed Media

with Shirley Kirkcaldy


Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019
10 am - 3 pm
Art Studio, on the second floor



Cost: £150 (to include materials stated)
Canvas, boards and quality paper can be purchased from the tutor at cost.
Please advise your requirements prior to the first session to ensure they will be available.

Minimum 5 people, maximum 10

Mixed Media spans all genres of artwork and encourages us to step out of the box, to move beyond the concept of simply applying paint to canvas and to try new things. This two-day workshop, aimed at beginners or those new to mixed media, will investigate a range of techniques and materials using a variety of tools and mediums to explore the physicality of paint, pastels, charcoal and inks.
The first day will begin with an introduction to colour mixing methods, which we will use in some warm-up exercises. Additional topics will be demonstrated and practiced over both days with support from the tutor and through group interaction. The timetable will be flexible according to group interests. Personal projects can be started at any time if desired and developed over the two days, but the objective of the workshop is not a finished piece, rather the opportunity to understand mixed media and to explore its potential. Techniques used in this workshop can be applied to personal projects even if not in mixed media.

Topics covered will include:
• Colour mixing techniques – physical, optical and glazing
• Tools and mark-making
• Charcoal
• Soft pastels, oil pastels and oil bars
• Inks
• Collage
• Texturising surfaces
• Sgraffito
• Acrylic mediums

Materials supplied by the tutor:
Cartridge paper for exercises
Use of pastels, inks, mediums

Additional materials required:
A materials list will be supplied on confirmation of a booking. If you are completely new to painting, you can discuss what paint to buy with the tutor before starting the workshop.

About Shirley:
Shirley is a contemporary landscape artist who paints in a variety of media to create explorative works in response to her environment. Although not all of her paintings incorporate mixed media, she enjoys the freedom it offers and the avoidance of over-representation. In 2014 Shirley was a finalist in the Fine Art Guild ‘Up and Coming’ Artist of the Year. Her work has featured in ‘Dartmoor’ and ‘Devon Life’ magazines and she has recently been interviewed by ‘The Artist’ magazine, for publication later this year. Shirley exhibits regularly throughout the southwest and London and her work is represented in the UK, USA and Europe.

How to book a place:
Please email
Please note: A deposit of 50% will be required at time of booking and places are not confirmed until full payment has been received.