Compelling imagery in mixed media with Maxine Relton

Mixed and other media

Ref: S4D10901

Suitable for all

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About this course

Instil your work with more visual power by learning multiple ways of accentuating and dramatising your subject, whatever your art discipline. Through inspiring projects and clear presentations, you will develop stronger and more original forms of self-expression.

Course Description

Arresting images are what every artist aspires to create. Drawing underpins many different practices and the techniques taught on this course can be applied to all visual art disciplines. Develop your vision and ability to create visual impact in your work, supporting your style, approach or subject matter.

Learn different ways of inventing dramatic impact in your work including accentuated tonal contrast, dynamic movement, surface treatment, extreme convergence and how to create a monumental feel to a small piece of work.

Each theme is explained and your tutor will help you consider how to apply these themes in your own practice. You will work with your chosen materials and subjects and be able to experiment and resolve issues through guided projects. You will be supported with demonstrations and inspiration from your tutor. There will be peer discussion, and one-to-one support.


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


  • The course fee includes the provision of some materials to try out.
  • The College will provide scissors, metal rulers, craft knives and cutting mats, and the tutor will be supplying all specialist materials for specific projects, as well as some spares of basic items that might be needed.

What students need to bring

  • Painting overall/apron
  • Some half-dozen colour magazines you no longer need
  • Any preferred drawing media of your choice, for example coloured pencils, pens, pastels, etc.
  • Any materials you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbook in the size of your choice or separate sheets of good quality cartridge paper (minimum 160 gsm)
  • Glue stick
  • A range of pencils up to 8B and a pencil eraser
  • Watercolour brushes – 1 large round that points well, 1 chisel-end flat brush
  • Fine, medium and broad marker pens.
  • Water-soluble colour fibre-tip, gel or brush pens
  • Masking or acid-free tape
The tutor always likes to have a brief chat with students personally on the telephone when planning her course programme. This enables her to find out about your special interests, bring any helpful resources for you and answer any questions you might have. Your email and phone number will be passed to Maxine. If you would prefer not to be contacted, please let the Bookings Office know.


Maxine Relton

Teaching at West Dean since 2005, Maxine works across drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking and mixed media. Exhibits widely, runs a 3-floor gallery of her work in Gloucestershire, included in public and private collections around the world. Trained in London at Camberwell and the Slade. An elected member of the Royal West of England Academy.


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

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