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Mixed Media Painting - Part 2 (Advanced)

Mixed Media Painting - Part 2 (Advanced)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Caroline List


Mixed Media Painting - Part 2 (Advanced) is for those students who have completed Mixed Media - Part 1 and want to further expand their knowledge of contemporary painting, materials. concepts and techniques.

You may need more time to experiment, wish to work on a larger scale or expand on your concepts and knowledge of materials. This course will give you the confidence and knowledge and experience to move forward with a view to exhibiting in the future.

What is this course about
You will have the opportunity to practice a range of experimental techniques depending on your sphere of interest. The focus is on using paint in a variety of ways – dripping, pouring, pooling, glazing etc as well as creating shape, texture and form through collage, masking, wax, photo transfer and resin.

Topics covered

You will have a recap of techniques from Part 1 giving you a chance to explore in more depth:
•    The importance of surface preparation, painting supports, priming and canvas
•    Generating painting ideas through collage and Photo transfer montage
•    Understanding layering processes with acrylics paints & mediums
•     Demonstrations on the chromatic value of colour through opacity, transparency and surface with the opportunity to put the techniques into practice
•    Stencils processes with adhesive sheeting, masking tape and latex in order to create forms and hard edged shapes
•     Demonstrations and experimentation 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

The course will be based around a self motivated project “Creating Meaning Through Layers” which you will need to bring in source material for (see materials list). The focus is on combing abstract painting languages and processes with narrative references. The project will combine abstract formulations of painting with narrative concepts.

Your work will be informed by lectures looking at artists including:
•    Sigmar Polke
•    Robert Rauchenberg
•    Julia Mehertu
•    Andrew Salle
•    Dan Hays
•    Glen Brown  

Mixed Media – Part 2 will involve ongoing one to one advice and technical demonstrations on materials however you will also be given the opportunity to explore an individually motivated project working on a larger scale and surface, such as canvas, linen, board or aluminium.

The morning sessions will consist of re-capping on technical material demonstrations along with some visual presentations of contemporary artist work and concepts. The tutor will give on going guidance on compositional ideas, colour and paint processes. You will be encouraged to focus on your ideas, building on the technical knowledge gained in (Mixed Media Painting - Part 1). 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 is appropriate for students who have completed Mixed Media Painting - Part 1 and have some experience with mixed media materials. 

It is open to students interested in experimenting further with the mixed media techniques and knowledge of contemporary art practice
This course will be particularly beneficial if you want to develop a body of work for a higher level of study or just build on your personal practice with the view to exhibiting.

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

Course Outcomes

You will expand on your knowledge of materials and technical painting approaches with the view to exhibiting in the future

You will gain confidence in making and talking about your ideas

The course provides an opportunity for you to work on a larger scale and make a series of works which are more resolved in relation to your practice and understanding  contemporary mixed media painting techniques, concepts and materials

You will gain a greater understanding of colour, composition and scale and how to translate small studies and the work produced in Mixed Media Painting - Part 1 into an advance body of work.

You will have gained a greater understanding of contemporary art through exploring the work of other mixed media painting artists

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

It is advised that applicants undertake Mixed Media Painting - Part 1 before undertaking the Part 2 (Advanced) course.

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, and on Instagram.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

Source material - for your self-motivated project titled “Creating Meaning Through Layers”.

Please bring selected material in order to inform your ideas, such as drawings, photographs, found images, sketch books, etc. This may include ideas you want to develop from Mixed Media - Part 1 as well as photographs, postcards, magazine, colour samples/ideas, found materials, cuttings and other visual imagery which focus on an area of interest and can be incorporated into new compositions and paintings. These ideas will be the spring board for a series of mixed media paintings combining abstraction, narrative, photographic and figurative reference.

You may also wish to do some prior research on the artists listed in the course description to help inform your ideas.

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

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.

Oil Paints - if you want to work in oils please bring some oil paint (acrylics will be supplied by the course, aside from the few as stated above). Artist quality oil paint by Winsor & Newton is affordable for students; Old Holland, Gamblin or Michael Harding Artist quality oil paints are very good but can be expensive. Here are some colours you may want to use:

  • Zinc Mixing White 
  • Titanium, is an opaque white
  • Burnt or Raw Umber
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Indian Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow/ Winsor Yellow
  • Indigo or Prussian Blue
  • Winsor Red
  • Cadmium Red
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian Green or Winsor Green
  • Phalo / Halogen Blue or Winsor Blue

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.