Mixed Media Still Life


Ron Best

Start date:

January 23, 2024

End date:

February 20, 2024




18:30 - 21:00


5 weeks

Max group size:


Full Fee: £50 + material costs

Concession: £25 + material costs

Course description 


Mixed media is a great way to explore the arts for all artists, both new and experienced alike. It encourages experimentation, and helps you see familiar objects in a new light. Experiment, explore, relax… Create! 


Over the course of 5 weeks, students will produce a finished piece per week using mixed media such as collage, acrylic, charcoal etc to create abstract images. 


Working on small and large canvases, you will experiment with different techniques such as 

painting with a pallet knife by applying paint directly on to the canvas, sketching and brush work 


Exploring colour, tone, shapes, lines, textures and compositions and the relationships between different objects such as fruit, cups, pots and vases.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Course content: 

What topics will you cover 


1. Using charcoal and white chalk, shapes tones. texture 

2. Direct observation, looking at dark and light shadows 

3. Composition and relationships 

4. Painting the values and underlying shapes 

5. Impasto painting with a pallets knife 


Learning objectives 

By the end of the course you will have 


1. Learned how to use different media and techniques to create abstract still life work 

2. Learned how to mix colours and the relationships between them and different media 

3. Understood the distribution of light and dark play on objects and how to reflect this 

4. Gained confidence in experimenting, exploring and risk taking with your work. 

How will I be taught? What kind of activities will I be doing? 


You will be taught how to paint a still life using three colours 

Students will be abstracting from still life 

Practical activities, using materials, paints, drawing  

Developing observational skills and thinking about shape/colour/tone 

Basic design elements inc composition / layout 

Referencing other artists work through books or internet. 


What will I need to bring? Where can I get this? What do we provide? 

Students will need to bring their own materials; a basic pack including xxx is available at a special rate of £xx from Portobello Arts and Stationery on proof of enrolment. We would encourage the use of found materials such as wrappers or fabric for experimental collage 


We will provide space, props, easels and canvas of various sizes 


Will I get feedback? What could I do next? 

You will receive individual and group feedback from your teacher, and each session will include a group crit. 


Your teacher can advise on submitting your work to exhibitions, or galleries 


Register your interest

Any questions? Email us at learning@westway.org or call 020 8962 5741