Mixed media online course: Poetry of Decay



If you enjoy taking photos of peeling paint, rust, lichen & moss, or erosion, then this course is for you. Exploring a wide range of media and the way they react with each other, effects similar to those we love to photograph will appear with very little effort.

Working on small scale papers in order to encourage experimentation and quick turnover, you will combine inks, dyes, dry media, and anything else you might have lurking in your drawers, and get wonderful effects.

Once experimentation is complete, you will be shown how to think about a narrative composition and put together some of your cards and photos in the form of a simple concertina book.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Course booklet
Instructional videos available for 6 months
Closed FB group for sharing and asking questions
Zoom tutorials on given dates for asking questions, connecting with others in your group and asking questions

What you will need

A range of media including walnut ink, India ink white drawing ink, Procion MX dyes or Koh-i-noor paints/dyes, xpanda-print, sterilising fluid, matte medium, white gesso
A range of dry media including graphite sticks, oil pastels, rubbing waxes, rusting powder
100 cards (200gsm minimum) or cut pieces of paper 6" x 4"
favourite photos of rust/peeling paint, decay
white tissue paper and small amount other papers
few favourite tools such as fork, brush, old credit card, end plastic tube/lid/cotton reel, feather
Full list available in Course booklet


Christine Chester at Studio 11

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


12 weeks (flexible times to suit)

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