Mixed media landscape painting with Jo Dixon

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About this course

Interpret the landscape with acrylic paint, inks and pastels. Use expressive mark-making, layering, colour, pattern, texture, collage and print to build rich surfaces.

Course Description

Explore mixed media and creative approaches to develop your own interpretation of landscape through recorded, remembered and imagined themes. Working inside the studio and outside in the inspiring West Dean environment (weather permitting), learn mixed media techniques and then develop these in your painting.

You will expand your visual language through experimentation and guidance. Looking at line, composition, colour, pattern and texture, you will be encouraged to develop your own artistic ideas to express a personal vision.

You will develop an awareness of colour through studies and combinations and you will work in a variety of scales using mixed media. This will include acrylic paint, inks, pastels and collage materials. You will learn to build a richness to the surface of your work with expressive drawing and mark-making, layering, colour, pattern and texture, whilst exploring collage and simple printing techniques.

The tutor will support you with a series of demonstrations, plus one-to-one guidance, to help you discover how to apply the techniques to your own work. You will complete a series of experimental studies or work towards a finished piece(s).

Bring an open mind to experiment and a joy of colour, pattern and texture.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some materials, shared amongst the group, including: a range of papers – cartridge, newsprint, tissue paper and sugar paper, some basic acrylic paints, black drawing ink, printing inks in basic colours, oil pastels, PVA glue, a small piece of lino, a 2-3cm flat brush, a stencil brush, a craft knife, some drawing materials, including charcoal, wax crayons, brusho, modelling paste and gesso.

What students need to bring

  • Basic drawing materials
  • A4 sketchbook for working outside and recording
  • A3 pad of watercolour paper, at least 140lb
  • Landscape photos/images for inspiration
  • Camera/Phone
  • Apron/old clothes
  • Any extra acrylic colours you have (basic colours provided)
  • Collage materials/papers you may like to use
  • Outdoor clothes and footwear

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials are available to buy, including paper, acrylic paints, brushes, basic drawing materials, sketchbooks, A3 watercolour pads (140lb minimum), inks and brusho.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Jo Dixon

Jo Dixon trained in Textiles and Print at Winchester School of Art and also completed a Foundation in Art Therapy at Bath Spa University. She has a PGCE and many years' experience of teaching adults and children of all ages and abilities. She exhibits her work regularly and has a series of limited edition Giclee prints available.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.