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Introduction to Mixed Media Sketchbooks

Facing the fear of the blank page with colour, collage, paint and stitch.

  • Starts 16 Jul
  • 120 British pounds
  • Westbury Arts Centre

Available spots


WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR? The course is suitable for beginners or improvers. ABOUT THE COURSE: This course aims to give people who might be new to sketchbooks and mixed media some ‘tools’ to explore mark making and generate joy in being creative. We will do this by sharing some simple accessible ideas and techniques using paint, ink, collage, simple printing and stitch and give you access to a range of materials to try. At the end of the course you will be at least one completed concertina sketchbook ABOUT THE TUTOR: Hilary Grayson is a passionate maker and contemporary abstract artist. She creates lampshades, pictures and decorative mixed media stitch and textile pieces which incorporate paint, paper, print, collage and cloth often incorporating recycled materials. Hilary loves working into sketchbooks – they are places to experiment and have fun. No drawing skills are needed for this workshop. This is about overcoming the fear of the blank page, letting go and enjoying the process. By joining Hilary's workshop, you can expect a supportive and nurturing environment where you can freely express your creativity. Whether you're a seasoned artist or someone new to art, Hilary's approach focuses on letting go of inhibitions and enjoying the artistic journey. It's a space where you can explore different materials, techniques, and ideas, using the sketchbook as a canvas for your imagination. MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING: • Pencils and crayons (including cheap wax crayons) • Drawing Pens (black such as Uni-ball etc. Do not have to be waterproof) • Scissors for paper • Pritt stick • Masking tape • papers for collage and mark making (old magazines, till receipts, envelopes, thin card, fabric scraps, old packaging tissue etc.) • Photographs for inspiration • Old books from charity shops (dictionaries work well but anything that you like) • Old maps or A-Zs etc. • Sewing machine and threads (not needed on first week) • Hand sewing materials (if that is your thing – not needed on the first week) • Old credit/store cards for mark making • Sticks for drawing • Apron (we might get a bit messy) MATERIALS PROVIDED: The tutor will provide • Inks and paints to try • Gesso • Matt medium and specialist glues • Range of papers to try • Sketchbooks LOCATION: Drawing Room or Studio 15. The Drawing Room and Studio 15 are situated on the ground floor of Westbury Arts Centre. Accessible parking spaces are available to anyone who requires them.

Upcoming Sessions

Contact Details

01908 501214


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