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Mixed Media Art Workshops

Mixed Media Art Workshops

What better way to gain an appreciation of mixed media art than to attend a mixed media art workshop! 

Mixed media art gained publicity with Pablo Picasso, when the term was coined, and modern mixed media artists over the last hundred years, or so, but the art of using more than one medium, or media, has been a way of creating art for hundreds of years; illuminated manuscripts, as an example that is usually associated with traditional art, combined ink, paint and gold leaf.

Mixed media art simply brings together more than one medium: watercolour, oil, gouache, ink, paper, gold leaf, materials, objects; any number of these can be used in a variety of ways and combinations to create a piece of art.

It can be bold or subtle and range from almost 3d to virtually flat in design. It can be abstract, modern, traditional or a mixture of different styles.

However or whatever mixed media art is – it is a fun creative way to develop artistic skills and observations for anyone with any level of art experience or skills.

The following combines paints, stencils, papers, prints, stamps and inks to create a pleasing piece of contemporary bee art.

Mixed Media Art Workshops
Mixed Media Art Workshops : Wildlife and Nature

Visit Sandown Park Race Course Esher Surrey for the National Honey Show and a creative mixed media bee art workshop with Claire Murthy.

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