Mixed and other media

Painting with mixed media with Helen Turner

Ref: S1D10400


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About this course

This course is about experimenting with layering using cellophane, fabric, canvas, papers, paints and pigments, and letting the processes make the work.

Course Description

The aim is to experiment and have fun with different layering techniques, using a wide range of materials (cellophane, canvas, papers, paints, pigments, plaster varnishes, fabric, dyes, household paints, oil and acrylic paints, reflective materials and objects, etc.). Looking at artists such as Karla Black, Antoni Tàpies, Robert Rauchenberg, Sigmar Polke and more for inspiration.

You will be working on large and small scale surfaces, letting the materials speak for themselves.

Combining layering, folding, wrapping using opaque and transparent materials, assembling together to reveal images, patterns and texture. These processes will help you gain confidence and create a workflow which can then be transferred into future work.

There will be demonstrations from the tutor, a short talk with a slide show and a selection of books. A few set things will get you started, allowing you to progress with experimentation and enjoyment in creating your own work.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course some materials will be provided, including PVA glue, Zest it, acrylic varnish, cardboard from the skip and masking tape.

What students need to bring

  • Fabric, old pillowcases, old clothes, wool, oil and acrylic paints, inks, tracing paper, canvas, any paper you might have (such as cartridge, Japanese, brown paper, tracing paper, etc.), ornaments, old photos, household paints and a sketchbook.
  • The more varied materials (transpapernet and opaque) you bring, the more you can experiment.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Lining paper, cellophane, pigments, fillers and plaster.


Helen Turner

Helen has successfully been teaching painting and drawing for 20 years. She has a BA Hons in painting from Canterbury College of Art (1986) and Postgraduate Diploma, from Cyprus College of Art (1990). In 2002 Helen was selected for the John Moores painting prize; 2011 was included in the touring show About Painting with a published book, and in 2012 she had a solo show at the Eagle Gallery. In 2014-16 the artist was represented by Wilson Stephens and Jones Gallery. In 2013 all of Helen's work was destroyed in a studio fire in Lewes and it was after this that Helen started to work in a different way using a wide range of materials, experimenting and finding new and exciting ways to make work.

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