Colour drawing with mixed media with Christabel Forbes

Drawing Mixed and other media

Ref: SLW11854

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About this course

Hone your observational skills and dare to use colour more creatively using mixed media.

Course Description

During this course, the tutor will draw on her own practice to demonstrate techniques that allow colour to conjure up or evoke an environment. You will learn how to pick from a range of different media and to experiment with them. The aim will be to prepare you for your own journey in colour.

By way of introduction, you will look though materials including your own drawing kits. Some of the simplest media are surprisingly effective and so often creativity is linked to a personal affinity with the medium.

As a group, we will explore spaces outdoors and indoors to find inspiration for observational drawing. You will also work back in the studio and there will be a clothed model available for a small part of the course. With your new found inspiration, you will follow the steps towards acquiring new techniques of using colour to work with mixed media. You will be able to combine materials in novel ways and discover a range of mark-making techniques, layering of materials and working on plain and coloured grounds.

The tutor will be teaching the group with examples and discussions as well as giving a high level of individual tutoring. Sketching, short demonstrations and drawing exercises will be given by the tutor before you start assembling your own drawings, working up, both in and out of the studio.

There will also be opportunity to reflect and to display your work if you wish. By the end of the course, you will have expanded on your drawing skills through experimentation and found new and exciting ways of drawing with colour by using a range of mixed media materials.


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 until 9pm, 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 College will supply some of the materials including: a pack of 24 soft pastels, pack of Koh-i-noor watercolour paints, pack of oil pastels, pack of coloured pencils, A3 pad Cartridge paper 220gsm, A4 coloured card and a Pritt stick. There will be some Posca pens and some inks to share amongst the group.
  • A model to sit for a short part of the course.

What students need to bring

  • Folder/portfolio to keep work safe (not compulsory), a pencil, a rubber, a sharpener.
  • A selection of brushes.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Oil pastels, watercolour paints, pencils, coloured pencils, posca pens, soft pastels
  • Paper and coloured paper

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the working outdoors and in the studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


Christabel Forbes

Christabel Forbes is a landscape artist and colourist. She trained at the Royal Drawing School, after taking a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University.


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

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