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Mixed Media Painting Workshop in Brighton Seaside Home

Duration: 1 day

Price: £80

Run by: Laura Callaghan Grooms
at Hand on Heart Arts

33 Bannings Vale
East Sussex

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About the Course

Enjoy a day of creativity and fun, by retreating to the foot of the East Sussex Downs, for a one day workshop experience led by Laura.

Courses can be tailored for complete beginners and also for intermediate artists wishing to explore new approaches.

You will be supported to make a unique mixed-media artwork to take home at the end of the day, by being playful and exploring different mixed-media techniques.

The day covers various aspects of mixed-media techniques:

- Working with different mediums, including paint, gesso and gels
- Painting backgrounds and layers using different techniques
- Playing with papers, fabric, photographs and collage
- Using found and repurposed materials
- Stamping and stencilling
- Adding texture

I like to use recycled and found materials in my workshops, and to add layers of meaning in the artwork by using materials which have meaning to you personally. If you have some paper or material that you wish to incorporate into your work that is meaningful to you, then please feel free to bring this along with you & we can advise if it is suitable to use (examples include a photocopy of a special photograph, a map, a letter, a small piece of lace, and so on).

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The day includes all materials and tools (including a small canvas for those who wish to use one). You may wish to bring an apron to protect your clothes You may wish to bring other found materials as stated above.

Tea & coffee is included in the cost.

Price is per person (based on a minimum of 2 people - workshop days for individuals are £150 per person).

Date can be arranged at time of booking or by using a gift certificate.

Children must be accompanied by a supervising paying adult.

Want to review this course?

What a lovely day! We learnt many techniques, experimented with colour and finishes and it was great for the novice and for those who had some experience and wanted to try something different. Laura was lovely, it was a very relaxed day, the room was wonderful and bright and was great to share the day with a couple of others who you got to know throughout the day. Would recommend for a great day out.

- - #22559

This was a great day of experimentation and play. It was great to use some mediums I had not used. The relaxed atmosphere meant that ideas and experience was shared well.

- - #21555

Had a really super day with Laura. Spent the morning trying out lots of techniques and materials, which gave me lots of new ideas not only to use on my canvas but for other projects I do.
After lunch we worked on the canvas using lots of different materials and applying the ideas from earlier in the day.
Laura is a very well organised and patient teacher, and I felt well supported and encouraged. It is a compliment to her skill that we produced very different canvases to take home despite being at the same workshop. I was really proud of my efforts!

- - #19562

When I read Laura's description of this mixed media workshop, it looked just right for me - not an artist, just someone who enjoys art and wants to learn. I was not disappointed. Laura was an excellent teacher, very patient and willing to give tips and encouragement when I felt I was not up to it!

Laura had a wealth of materials for us to dip into and helped us use paint, stencils and found items we would probably never have thought of ourselves. This will definitely change the way I look at re-using odds and ends to create images in the future.

Her studio was airy and welcoming along with refreshments and even music.

I highly recommend this fun and relaxing course.

- - #17699

I had not done any artwork since school - long time ago - and was a bit apprehensive about being a complete beginner. The workshop description sounded ideal and indeed it was exactly what I wanted and more. Laura is so encouraging. She started by showing us techniques to build background textures and supplied a wealth of interesting materials to use with lots of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. It was such fun and the day flew by. I came away completely inspired and the next day started looking for items to recycle into artwork - a day with Laura has given me an artistic eye!

- - #11831

An excellent day that totally met my expectations. I was so inspired that I quickly got through my 'must do' jobs the following morning and then got to it using an old canvas and mix of bits that I had at home and was then happily engaged for the next five hours. The course was relaxed, informative, encouraging and it was great to explore someone else's resources and note that I throw far too much out! I want to get on with the next one now.

- - #11761

I had such fun - and that's what art is all about, right? We experimented and investigated different textures and paints. We stencilled, brushed, paletted, glued and admired. I learned so much and Laura has given me confidence in my art. I absolutely love the canvas I produced at the end of the day (I usual despise what I have created!) Totally recommended.

- - #10624

What a lovely relaxing and informative course with lovely company I had today. I learnt about paints,texture, techniques, and all bits & bobs which can be used to make patterns .I learnt how to incorporate this into my style of artwork. Laura was very encouraging with great imagination. A lovely tutor . I recommend this course highly.

- - #10580

I really enjoyed this class, I feel that I was taught everything that I need to know to be able to do a mixed media picture at home - which I'm definitely going to do. Laura was very organised, relaxed and encouraging and she had a wealth of materials to choose from. If you want to explore mixed media that I would definitely recommend this class.

- - #10527

Laura is a very encouraging and supportive tutor. She discussed her work ethos which I found very interesting before we moved on to try out various techniques. She had many different materials and mediums to use and encouraged us to try them out to see what they were like. She was very organised in her approach to the day, ensuring that there was plenty of time to both try stuff out and finish the day with a completed piece of work. Lunch was delicious!

- - #8787

I went on this course not really knowing what to expect, but after a really fun day I came away feeling excited by the prospect of making more mixed media pieces. I found Laura to be a really supportive and encouraging workshop leader, which was lovely especially when I really wasn't sure how the artwork was going to turn out. We learned new techniques and had the chance to experiment with different types of textures and paints before starting on our main project, which made me feel more confident when I was creating my artwork. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would recommend it to anyone looking to experiment with a new craft with an inspiring and knowledgeable tutor.

- - #8359

I thoroughly enjoyed Laura's mixed media workshop. Laura is such a wonderful teacher, patient and supportive, facilitating you to explore and experiment and guiding you to produce a piece of work to be proud of. Thank you Laura for a relaxing and inspiring day. I highly recommend this workshop.

- - #7779

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  • Suitable for beginners

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