Mixed media images – paint, print, collage with Jo Dixon

Ref: SLW32919

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About this course

Study colours, patterns and textures and learn techniques and experiment with a range of media to develop your ideas into samples or a finished piece.

Course Description

Explore ways to express observations of colour, pattern and texture that surround us. The course is designed to encourage your creative expression through experimentation in a relaxed manner to find a personal vision.

The development of a theme around which to work and an awareness of design will structure your work, achieving sample ideas to develop or work towards a final piece.

You will be introduced to various materials and allowed to explore their possibilities. This will include paints, inks and pastels, printmaking from lino, polystyrene and card, designing and cutting stencils and exploring the surface with collage and relief techniques.

Each day, processes and ideas will be offered to give you choice and freedom to combine them to produce original images and surfaces.

The course will look at colour mixing and combining, with a wealth of possibilities sampled and applied onto a range of surfaces and papers.

At the end of the course, you will take with you a range of studies from which you can continue your own work in the future and at least one final piece. You will have increased your knowledge and skills in working with a range of mixed media materials and techniques.

This course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some related experience. A joy of colour and an open mind to explore with guidance will be encouraged.

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, inks, oil pastels, PVA glue, a small piece of lino, a 2-3cm flat brush, printmaking tools and materials and some drawing materials to try.

What students need to bring

  • Bring any inspirational imagery and your imagination.
  • A4 sketchbook
  • A3 Watercolour paper (at least 140lb)
  • Basic drawing materials
  • Apron/ old clothes
  • Any extra acrylic colours you have (basic colours provided)
  • Collage materials /papers you may like to use
  • Most importantly, bring an open mind and a joy in experimenting.
  • On this course, the tutor will supply most of the materials. Extra materials, if needed, can be purchased from the College Shop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials, including: papers, paints and brushes.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


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)

General Information


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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