Students will discover a new rich textural language to use in their mixed-media 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 relief textures
Texture is a key component of composition, along with colour, tone, shape, etc. and needs to be used in a considered way to be effective. Students will work on creating their own textured artwork on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.
3D relief textures
Learn techniques to create high relief 3D texture techniques using cardboard, moulds, and print methods.
Personally expressive textures
Explore using the techniques learnt over the workshop to create a mixed-media artwork in a style of their own choice. Students have time to explore the use of textures within imaginative landscape, still life or figurative themes.
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 mixed-media artwork no matter what style they work in at home – abstract or realist, or somewhere in between.
Help + 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