Mixed and other media

Experimental mixed media drawing from photographs with Annabel Tilley

Ref: S4D08783

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About this course

Starting with a photograph, develop your approach, ideas and momentum to make new art through mixed media drawing.

Course Description

Stimulate new ideas and directions in your art and explore how to use your photographs as a starting point through drawing. The course will provide you with unique ways of thinking about your subject matter, and the means to make new work with momentum in future.

You begin exploring your creative process by taking photographs using a phone, tablet or camera. You then print paper copies of these photographs as the basis for the new work. Using drawing and mark-making skills that focus on line, surface, texture and pattern, you will experiment with more abstract, non-representative drawing and collage techniques working with pencils, inks and gouache.

Examining your photographs further, you will identify and develop aspects of the image, and explore themes and motifs. You will hone your creative analytical skills as you apply deconstruction/reconstruction techniques to the photographs and resulting drawings.

After working through a series of drawing exercises to pinpoint how you can stimulate new ideas, you then apply this process to create self-generated responses. You will examine these in more depth through one-to-one conversations with your tutor, and with the group.

Through this intense four-day focus you will learn how one idea can lead to another, providing you with a range of material that references your artistic process. The ideas explored and generated from this course can then be taken away and used to stimulate larger drawing, painting, print-making, sculptural and artistic projects.

You will leave the course with a fresh understanding and increased confidence in generating ideas. You will have worked with new techniques and a range of paper-based materials. You will have completed new works, and identified processes and subjects for future work.


Timetable for courses more than one day in length

(The tutor may make slight variations)

Arrival Day

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.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing paper and drawing material shared amongst the group. Materials include some paper, pencils, coloured pencils, inks, gouache, neutral pH adhesive (archival pva glue).

What students need to bring

  • Additional collage papers eg wrapping paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, old books, maps, cards.
  • Bring a selection of photographs, your own or found images from magazines etc, that you would like to use during the course. This is optional as one of the exercises will involve making new images.

Available to buy

  • A selection of paper-based collage material that you would like to use such as:
  • Coloured papers, card, brown paper, wrapping paper, tracing paper, textured papers, tissue paper
  • A selection paper-based media you would like to use such as:
  • Pens, pencils, watercolours

You need to be able to take a photo on your device (phone, tablet or camera) and print from it at the College. There are different ways to do this:

1. Email copies to yourself from your phone, then logon to your email via a web browser on the College computer, and print. Make sure you have your email login and password.

2. Download your photographs directly to the College computers using a USB lead, and print.


Annabel Tilley

Annabel Tilley, graduate of the University of Brighton and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has a drawing-based and sketchbook practice and has exhibited widely and undertaken several residencies. She is a lecturer, co-author of What they didn't teach you in art school (Octopus Books, 2016) and co-Founder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015).


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

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