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Creative and Experimental Mixed Media Art

In this highly creative 10-week course you’ll release your personal style through using different mediums and methods of creating traditional art.

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What you need to know

When does it run?

You can study this course in either the autumn or spring term. Choose your preferred term when booking.

Autumn term 2023

Wednesday 4 October – 6 December 2023

Spring term 2024

Wednesday 17 January – 20 March 2024

How long is the course?

10 Wednesday evenings

What time will your classes be?



Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring artists aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their skills.

It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience and wish to develop your skills further.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

Any additional materials and resources not listed in the 'what to bring' or 'additional costs' section below.

Are there any additional costs?

Please be aware you'll need to bring some art equipment with you. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section below for full details.

What should you bring to class?

For your first class bring:

  • Drawing pencils
  • Coloured pens or felt tips

For future classes, you’ll need (to be advised ahead of time by your tutor):

  • A4 sketchbook
  • Drawing pencils
  • Inks
  • Coloured pens or felt tips
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Craft knife
  • Sharp scissors
  • Oil pastels
  • Acrylic paints
  • Watercolour paints
  • Small canvas board
  • Selection of paint brushes

Why should you choose this course?

  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own mixed media pieces
  • Improve your artistic abilities
  • Explore and experiment with different mediums and methods and understand how to select appropriate materials for your intentions
  • Develop a solid understanding of colour theory and complimentary colours
  • Develop your technical skills and unique creative voice
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 12 like-minded creatives

About this course

In this 10-week course you'll be able to experiment with different techniques and materials to express yourself and make informed choices based upon contextualisation, developing self-confidence and your own unique interpretation.

You’ll be expertly led by your tutor, Julie James, to design, plan, and create experimental art. Under her guidance, you’ll have the freedom to fully experiment with researching and gathering concepts, brainstorming and designing, followed by creating your ideas using collage, drawing, painting, pen and ink, 2D and 3D work, and mixed media.

During the course you'll enter the world of art and design where you'll explore how to be structurally creative, embrace diversity, gather ideas to expand upon and make the work your own. You’ll be encouraged to record every idea then use your developed inspirations to create experimental artwork. By using your own findings and thoughts you’ll naturally be developing your own working style and methodology.

Each lesson will be a different subject and medium and you’ll be advised what to bring ahead of time. You’ll receive introductions to a range of exciting art movements that’ll inspire your work and choice of mediums.

At the start of each class you’ll reflect on last week’s work and there’ll be the opportunity for group and individual critique to build your confidence and help you grow as an artist.

  • How to use different materials
  • Using paint, both acrylic and watercolour
  • Drawing from still life
  • Collage
  • Mark making
  • 2D and 3D principles of design
  • Colour theory
  • Elements of product design
  • Research and development of ideas
  • Sketch book development

  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of techniques using a variety of mediums and be able to choose materials appropriate for your intentions
  • Be inspired by different art movements
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Be knowledgeable in a range of different artistic processes
  • Not be afraid to experiment with different mediums and adapt your ideas as you go
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity and develop your skills further; explore our full range of Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short courses
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

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Julie James

Julie James is an accomplished art and design practitioner in both an academic teaching setting and in a professional capacity.

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.