Mixed and other media

Photoshop for painters – edit, transfer and paint with Heather Gray-Newton

Ref: S3D09872


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About this course

Discover how to edit images digitally using Photoshop Elements and then transfer to a surface for painting, applying different media and finishing.

Course Description

The aim of the course is to introduce ways of working within Photoshop Elements, where you can explore creating exciting images digitally, apply to different surfaces and hand finish using a variety of oil based media.

Through step-by-step instruction, your tutor will take you through the essential digital tools and processes, to enable creative process.

The Photoshop Elements tools covered include: creating layers, selection tools, copy and paste, scale, flattening an image, cropping, erase and delete, opacity, flipping an image, save and print. You will use an image supplied by your tutor before selecting your own to work from, and your edited images will be saved and printed out on specialist paper, ready for the next day.

On day two, the tutor will demonstrate how to apply the transfer onto different surfaces. You will then transfer your own images, and be guided and encouraged whilst experimenting with collage, and drawing and painting into your work.

Learning outcomes will include acquired knowledge on how a painter can use Photoshop Elements to help create mixed media work, along with how to hand finish with oil based media, to create exciting and original paintings.


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, 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)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including:
  • 2 x A4 MDF boards
  • 2 x A4 Canvases
  • 2 x A4 320gsm Khadi paper
  • 10 sheets transfer paper
  • Sharpie pens
  • Acrylic gesso and household paint brush

What students need to bring

  • Oil paints, (colours of your choice), Zest-It and oil pastels are available at the shop, but you can also bring your own.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra Khadi paper and canvas
  • Notebook
  • Oil paints and oil pastels
  • Zest-It and brushes
  • Available from tutor:
  • Additional sheets of transfer paper are available at 80p per sheet, students to pay tutor directly for additional sheets if they use them.
Basic computer navigation skills are essential for this course, and any Photoshop experience will be an advantage, but not essential. (This course does not include instruction on the use of Lightroom.)


Heather Gray-Newton

Heather paints expressive figurative and landscape work in oils and mixed media. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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