Mixed Media - Drawing

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Course description

Mixed Media simply refers to any combination of more than one type of drawing or painting media in a work. Throughout the course you will be introduced to ‘optional’ extra media and materials to consider using as you experiment and learn.
This course is suitable for beginners to intermediate students, with some basic knowledge and experience.
Discover your artistic talent and improve your drawing skills through a mixed media approach to creating images. These classes will feed your inspiration through experimentation with a wide range of media as you learn how to successfully combine them. Enjoy the light and space of this large studio environment while gaining confidence in your art making.

What your course will cover

This is a hands-on techniques-based course, which will give you the practical skills needed to create drawings ranging in style and content.
Each week your tutor will introduce a selection of different media with demonstrations and practical exercises. Individual and group instruction will be given with time spent appreciating work and progress throughout the lessons.

  • Experiment with wet/ dry media, exploring their mark-making potential in relation to the basic elements of drawing.
  • Develop strategies for beginning a work, layering and making use of ‘accidental’ marks.
  • Work from small studies to larger, sustained drawings.
  • Investigate realism and abstraction.
  • Recycle/ re-use paper and ‘unfinished’ drawings using collage techniques.
  • Create simple hand printed relief prints to use within a mixed media context. (printmaking materials and equipment will be supplied by your tutor)
  • Explore colour theory and fundamentals of art through exercises based on subjects such as still life scenarios, landscape and projects of personal interest.

What to bring for the first class

  • A3 Visual Diary
  • Sheet of A3 drawing paper (200gsm)
  • Black biro
  • 2B pencil & eraser
  • Charcoal – stick of compressed (soft, 4B) & stick of willow
  • Flat bristle brush – medium size
  • Tube of white acrylic paint (Jo Sonja brand preferably)
  • Apron/old shirt to protect clothing

The following extended list will not be needed until Week 2.
Please do not purchase all these materials until after discussion in the first class.

  • A3 drawing paper (200 gsm) pad or sheets
  • Several sheets of large aqua (watercolour) paper
  • 2B graphite pencil
  • Plastic eraser & Kneedable eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Stick of compressed charcoal (soft 4B) & stick of willow charcoal
  • Stick of white conte (hard pastel)
  • Black India ink & burnt sienna coloured ink
  • Tube of white acrylic paint (Jo Sonya’s preferably)
  • Acrylic &/or watercolour paint – cool set of primaries
  • Selection of brushes - (including a no.6 round nylon & a selection of flat bristle brushes)
  • Water based paper glue
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Containers for holding water & for mixing washes (small jam jars with lids)
  • Small hair dryer

Important information

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

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Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team: http://adulteducation.libraries.tas.gov.au/contact.

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

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  • (03) 6165 5564

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