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Exploring Mixed Media

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


During this new 10-week course, you'll enter the world of Art and Design using mixed media to express your creative vision.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates. 

What you need to know

Autumn 2024

Wednesday 9 October – 11 December 2024 (10 Wednesday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 

Spring term 2025

Wednesday 5 February – 9 April 2025 (10 Wednesday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 


Suitable for adults aged 18+.   


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.    

Experience or qualifications required 

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.   

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222. 


Any additional costs 

You'll need to provide some basic equipment for this course. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase one for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.   

Course materials included in the price

Any additional materials and resources not listed below will be provided by AUB. 

  • A variety of soft drawing pencils.
  • For later sessions (will be clarified by your tutor): drawing pencils, inks & pens, eraser, sharpener, craft knife, sharp scissors, oil pastels, acrylic/watercolour paints, and a selection of brushes.
  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes 
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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses booking T&Cs

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

About this course

On our new, introductory Exploring Mixed Media course, you’ll develop and realise your creative potential through artistic experimentation using different mediums and methods of producing traditional art. 

During each session, you’ll learn how to explore and experiment with different materials, methods, and techniques to express yourself, developing self-confidence and your own unique interpretation.

This course allows for creative freedom through research, concept development, gathering materials, brainstorming, and designing. You’ll be creating your ideas with collage, drawing, painting, printing, pen, pencil, ink, 2D and 3D work to name a few.

Each session takes a focus on different subject and mediums, along with the opportunity to receive group and individual critique to improve and build upon your unique mixed media style. By developing your own creative process your work will be distinctly individual, and you’ll begin to understand both what you create and how you create it.

  • Using different materials in your creative process, such as collage, papier mache, mark-making, print and transfer, 2D and 3D work, decoupage, paint, drawing, acrylic, oil paint and watercolour.
  • Drawing from still life
  • Developing your research process using a sketchbook
  • Colour theory’s importance in expressive mixed media work

At the end of the course you'll: 

  • Be confident in your creative process, experimenting with different mediums and methods to create unique mixed media work
  • Understand different genres of fine art painting as a starting point
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired 
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination 
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course 
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed 

Will I be assessed?

No, there’s no formal assessment. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on. 

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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.

Beyond the course 

This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could further your mixed media skills with another short course or look to the future and explore our creative qualifications that can prepare you to further your current career, enable you to retrain to an alternative career path or prepare you for future creative arts studies.

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Why choose AUB for your short course?

We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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How to book

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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