Students will discover a new rich textural language to use in their drawings and paintings that add interest and intrigue. Learn how to create mixed-media relief tactile surfaces using acrylic paints combined with some surprising everyday materials to create artworks that explore a variety of themes – landscape, still life or figurative. All techniques are demonstrated before students have a chance to try it out.
Explore and experiment with different consistencies of acrylic paint learning how it behaves when painted over a variety of surfaces. Students will learn how to create textures using a variety of materials such as acrylics, emulsion, glues, collage, inks, while using techniques such as layering, sgraffito, and additive/subtractive paint application to create stunning looking mixed-media textures.
Focus on texture
This session is spent exploring more texture techniques. Students will learn how to plan compositions to ensure textures play a key part of their artworks and gain a deeper understanding of how to build relationships between textures. Students will work on creating their own textured artwork on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.
Demonstrations show students more 3D texture techniques using cardboard, moulds, and print methods with time to experiment to find ways of balancing texture, colour and composition.
Personally expressive textures
The final session gives students the time to use their new skills to create their own mixed-media textured artwork on paper that explores imaginative landscape, still life or figurative themes. It is an opportunity to transform and interpret the techniques learned on the course to create an artwork in a style of their own choice.
By the end of the course…
Students will go home with a wealth of ideas and techniques, and the skills to add texture into their artwork no matter what style they work in at home – abstract or realist, or somewhere in between.
Helpful info + Guidance
“I learnt lots of tips and ideas and ways of using everyday objects to create two lovely paintings which without the teaching from Brian I would not have thought I was capable of or had the confidence to try. I am happy with the resulting paintings.” Carol H
“Good fun, it’s nice to explore and play with different materials” Kerry W
“A great exploration of texture. Excellent way to unleash/re-kindle creativity.” Cathy
“Fun to experiment, informal and thought provoking. I won’t be afraid to add different elements, techniques and materials into my own work.” David E