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Mixed Media Painting

Mixed Media Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Caroline List


If you want to expand your knowledge of contemporary painting, materials. concepts and techniques then this course is for you. This course is for students who have some experience with painting but want to explore their ideas further; you may feel stuck in a traditional way of working, or limited by your method and materials. You will gain the confidence and experience to move forward and understand the exciting potential of Mixed Media painting processes, techniques and materials.

You will explore a range of new techniques and materials, experimenting with colour, dripping, pouring, glazing, collage, surface texture, photo transfer, wax, resin and more creating contemporary artworks which are built up through layers.

Topics covered

•    Surface preparation, painting supports and priming canvases
•    Generating painting ideas through collage and photo transfer montage
•    Understanding layering processes with acrylics paints and media
•     Demonstrations and practical sessions on the chromatic value of colour through opacity, transparency and surface
•    Stencil processes with adhesive sheeting, masking tape and latex in order to create forms and hard edged shapes
•     Demonstrations and experimenting with oil paint, varnishes, glazing and high gloss resin
•    Mixing your own pigments, pouring mediums, incompatible paint processes and techniques  
•    Wax varnishes, mediums and hot wax encaustic painting

Course structure
Days 1-5
The morning sessions for the first half of the course will consist of technical material demonstrations, along with some visual presentations of contemporary artist work and concepts, during the rest of the day you will work on your projects experimenting with the materials. The tutor will give ongoing guidance on compositional ideas, colour and paint processes. Structured projects will be set exploring various approaches to painting, helping you work within a framework while giving you the freedom to generate your own ideas. You will gain a wider knowledge of Mixed Media Painting materials and a greater understanding of the language of contemporary painting. We will explore collage, composition, photo transfer, acrylic paints & mediums, exploring painting processes through space, colour, light, texture, glazing and delivery systems of paint, wax and resins. There will also be a power point presentations on contemporary artist practice, concepts, which will help inform your initial ideas.

Days 6-10
The second half of the course will involve ongoing one-to-one advice and technical demonstrations. You will be given the opportunity to explore individually motivated projects -  focussing on your ideas, building on the technical knowledge gained in the first half of the course. You will experiment with materials through layering, work on a larger scale and surface of your choice. You will be asked to bring selected source material in order to inform your ideas, such as drawings, photographs, found images, sketch books etc. At the end of course there will be a group feed back session on your progress, we will look at how you have explored materials in relation to your concepts and the potential reading of the work.

Who should take this course?

This course will be particularly beneficial if you want to develop a body of work for your portfolio or apply for a higher level of study, or Fine Art BA and MA students who wish to enhance their skills.

It is suitable for students who wish to build on their personal practice in order to gain a greater understanding of materials, develop their mixed media techniques and expand their knowledge of contemporary art practice.

Students on Fine Art BA/MA courses have attended this course.

Course Outcomes
You will expand on their knowledge of materials and technical painting approaches.
You will gain confidence in making and talking about your ideas

This course is appropriate for students of all levels.

You can view more information about Caroline's Mixed Media Painting courses on Facebook.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Caroline List is a practicing artist, who has exhibited internationally and in the UK, her work has been collected by a number of private and public collectors.  Caroline has worked as a visiting tutor at several eminent art schools such as The Royal Academy, Chelsea School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University and Central Saint Martins. She currently lives in London and her studio is with Space Studios

You can view examples of Caroline's work on her website,


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

Paint - acrylic paint is provided upon the course, however you will be expected to bring along the following colours yourself.

  • White Acrylic Paint, Titanium Opaque
  • White Acrylic Paint, Zinc White or Tint White Transparent

Recommended brands: Golden Fluid or Lascaux

Brushes - bring a variety of synthetic and hog brushes. Hog brushes are used for texture and visible brush work, synthetic brittles are for smoother applications of paint.

  • Flat 60mm or 80mm Lascaux synthetic priming or glazing brush 
  • Flat 2" wide from hog bristle
  • Flat 2" wide from nylon
  • Soft hake brushes for blending and soft brush work
  • Fan brush for blending, approximately 1" wide

Good quality brushes, and other art supplies can be purchased from Cowling and Wilcox ( or Stuart Stevenson (

Recommended brands: Lascaux, Pro Art Synthetic, Windsor & Newton or Da-Vinci Brushes 

Painting equipment

  • Tessa yellow masking tape, the best tape for clean hard edged
  • 4” mini paint roller and tray for priming micro fibre rollers or smooth sponge rollers, for priming
  • Pallet knifes, a variety of sizes
  • Rags, for cleaning
  • Empty plastic pots with lids, for mixing paints
  • A plastic or paper palette book
  • Olive oil soap, for washing brushes and keeping brushes soft

Source material - it is essential you bring your source material for the first painting project. ‘Deconstruction Collage & Abstract Painting Formulations’. This may include photographs, postcards, magazine cuttings and other visual imagery which focus on an area of interest and can be incorporated into your collages. These compositional ideas will be the spring board for a series of mixed media paintings.

Photo transfer images - please bring images focused on a theme or area of interest. Black and white and colour photocopies/laser copies (A3 and A4). The photocopies should not cost any more than 50p for black and white or £1.50 for colour (use your local copy bureau or Rymans). Do not buy really expensive shiny photocopies, matt quality laser not ink jet; basic paper prints work better for photo transfer. Please make sure your photocopies have a good variety contrasting tones from, mid, dark to light tones. Photocopies can also be made on the course.

A range of materials will be supplied by Central Saint Martins upon your course, including:

  • Acrylic paints
  • Canvas
  • Mediums
  • Mixed media materials
  • Primers
  • Wax
  • Pigments
  • Boards
  • Timber
  • Acrylics

You may be required to buy additional materials for specific projects. Whilst acrylic paint is provided if you would rather use oils you will be expected to provide your own, the tutor can advise you what you will need during the course.

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