Mixed Media and Still Life

This class will not run in Term 3.  Andrew is not able to teach this class in the coming term due to previous commitments.  We will welcome him back in the Autumn with a new syllabus and new classes

Andrew is running one Weekend Workshop in Term 3 on Landscape Painting.  This three day course is 25, 26, 27 May, 10 am – 4 pm, £75.  For more details see the ‘Workshop’ page on the main website

Mixed Media will be Tuesdays 10-12  

An exploration of natural forms

An open mind and a willingness to experiment are essential for this course. They will help you find you own path and develop into a more confident artist.

Aims and objectives

The main aim is for you to create a mixture of experimental and more resolved pieces across a range of media. We will begin by drawing in black and white and explore various combinations of media before moving to colour later in the course.

You will focus on:

  • Observational drawing of individual plant forms in the studio, focusing on light, negative space and form.
  • Working directly in front of nature
  • Experimenting with ink, graphite, oil bar, pastel etc to explore their mark-making potential.
  • Recording the effect of light on objects, and the various atmospheres it creates.
  • Experimenting with colour, glazing, and thicker application of paint.
  • Constructing a more involved, personal composition


For this course you will need A2 and A1 cartridge paper, brown wrapping paper, coloured card, pencils, eraser, charcoal, (willow and compressed), charcoal pencil, black biro pen, white oil bar, graphite sticks, black Indian ink, oil pastels, white tissue paper, pva glue, watercolour set, gesso, acrylic and oil paints, a palette knife, a small cheap printing roller, brushes (small and large), scissors and a palette.

Don’t worry if you do not have all these materials; just bring what you have and you can build up as you go. For the first part of the course, it is important that you bring two wild plants of your choice and have pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), graphite sticks, Indian ink, white oil bar, A2 heavy weight cartridge paper, brushes and white acrylic or gesso (500ml). These materials will allow for a wide range of possibilities and enable you to have fun. Please dress so you will not worry about potentially getting a little messy.

About the tutor

Finding ways of describing nature across a range of media is Andrew’s current pre-occupation. This involves connecting in a personal way with the subject, attempting to capture its essence of light or substance. His work is the result of working in front of nature and in the studio, and is often a hybrid of observation, feeling and reflection.

Andrew studied at Edinburgh College of Art and completed a PhD in history of art at Aberdeen university. He has taught drawing and painting in schools for 33 years, including 15 years as Head of Department. He has exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions in England and Scotland. Andrew is based in East Lothian and is currently offering visual arts classes and workshops and art history programmes.