Mixed media images – paint, print, collage with Jo Dixon

Mixed and other media

Ref: SLW12458

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About this course

Study colours, patterns and textures and learn techniques for applying paints, dyes and inks to develop your ideas into samples or a finished piece.

Course Description

Explore ways to express observations of colour, pattern and texture that surround us. The course is designed to encourage your creative expression through experimentation in a relaxed manner to find a personal vision.

The development of a theme around which to work and an awareness of design will structure your work, achieving sample ideas to develop or work towards a final piece.

You will be introduced to various materials and allowed to explore their possibilities. This will include paints, inks and dyes, printmaking from lino, polystyrene and card, designing and cutting stencils and exploring the surface with collage and relief techniques.

Each day, processes and ideas will be offered to give you choice and freedom to combine them to produce original images and surfaces.

The course will look at colour mixing and combining, with a wealth of possibilities sampled and applied onto many surfaces, papers and fabrics.

At the end of the course, you will take with you a range of studies from which you can continue your own work in the future and at least one final piece. You will have increased your knowledge and skills in working with a range of mixed media materials and techniques.

This course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some related experience. A joy of colour and an open mind to explore with guidance will be encouraged.


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


  • The cost of providing some paper including cartridge, newsprint, tissue paper and sugar paper. Some acrylics paints, oil pastels, glue, a small piece of lino, a 2-3cm flat brush, charcoal, graphite stick and some brusho to try.

What students need to bring

  • Bring any imagery of inspirational help or just your imagination.
  • Optional:
  • Any collage materials you would like to use
  • Any papers and surfaces to work on
  • Special media and materials you have
  • Any materials you may have such as lino and lino cutting tools, calpel and blades - size 10a, acrylic and gouache paints, a selection of papers and brushes, calico and cotton fabrics, sketchbook or paper size A3 minimum, white tissue paper, stencil paper, special papers
  • Most importantly bring an open mind and a joy in experimenting

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials including: lino and lino cutting tools
  • Scalpel and blade – size 10a, a good range of acrylic and gouache paints, a good selection of papers and brushes, calico and cotton fabrics, a good variety of sketchbooks and paper, including white tissue paper, stencil paper and some special papers.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Jo Dixon

Jo Dixon trained in Textiles and Print at Winchester School of Art and also completed a Foundation in Art Therapy at Bath Spa University. She has a PGCE and many years' experience of teaching adults and children of all ages and abilities. She exhibits her work regularly and has a series of limited edition Giclee prints available.


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

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