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Mixed Media Painting

Mixed Media Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Caroline List



Methods & Materials of Contemporary Painting

What differentiates this course from other painting courses is the wide range of materials and techniques that are used. A variety of contemporary Mixed Media Painting materials are introduced and practiced. Practical work is supported by demonstrations, introducing students to the methods and materials of contemporary   painting. The practical demonstrations will help students work within a framework whilst encouraging freedom to generate individual ideas. Works produced can also go towards your portfolio if applying for further study.

Topics covered

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. 
Techniques and materials explored during the course will include:

  • Use of acrylic paints and mediums
  • Masking techniques
  • Photo transfer and collage on canvas & board
  • Mixing your own pigments
  • Oil paints & wax impasto mediums
  • Use of impasto gels and high gloss alkyd resins.
  • Priming & stretching canvas
  • Demonstrations and practical sessions on the chromatic value of colour through opacity, transparency and surface 

You will begin by preparing a support for your work, which could be made from MDF, aluminium or canvas. These surfaces will be developed further by using collage or photo montages, which will be the starting point for a series of mixed media paintings. 

Visual presentation

Alongside practical demonstrations, the tutor will give a number of visual  presentation on contemporary painting methods and ideas, which will give you a broader understanding of contemporary painting practice.

Level: This course is appropriate for students of all levels.

Course outcomes

The course provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Learn how to prepare a support for your mixed media pieces.
  • Learn how to explore your ideas as you build up materials through layers.
  • Practice a range of contemporary mixed media painting techniques
  • Experiment with specialist materials.
  • Explore the work of other mixed media Artists.
  • A variety of materials are provided for demonstrations and experimentation purposes

Who should take this course?

  • The course is open to anyone interested in developing their mixed media techniques.
  • It will be particularly beneficial if you wish to develop a body of work for your portfolio or apply for further studies.
  • Students on Fine Art BA/MA courses have attended this course in order to expand their knowledge of materials and technical painting approaches. 

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

Tutor Description

Caroline List is a practicing artist, who has exhibited in the UK and internationally, 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, The Art Academy & Central Saint Martins school of Art & Design.

She currently lives in London and her studio is with Space Studios 

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

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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.

Available dates