Multi-Media Life Class

Ref: C2339046

This course explores various combinations of media, both conventional and unconventional. PowerPoints of artists’ work will illustrate potential media combinations and techniques, inspiring your own work. Some sessions will explore new ways of working, others will allow for consolidation of recent learning and further development of a given approach / combination of media. Media include collage, interesting surfaces to work onto and ‘Stonex’ (a clay substitute).

Course aim

This new media-led course explores the qualities of different media in various combinations when drawing the nude, including some 3D relief work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the characteristics and potential of each medium
  • make an informed choice regarding which combination of media will suit my intention
  • observe anatomy more accurately through disciplined practice
  • recognise when and how to adjust a work in progress to address imbalance

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • PowerPoint and other images will sometimes be used to stimulate your own work. Conclusions to each session where we look at work produced facilitate discussion regarding what works well in combining media.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • 1:1 discussion with tutor regarding your work in progress presentation of everyone’s work at the end of each session which facilitates group discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • all conventional media, e.g. pencil, charcoal, graphite, chalk pastels, ink pen/biro, also various papers to work on and for tearing for collage, PVA glue. Also a rolling pin when we do 3D relief work, clay modelling tools if you have them

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Gathering any images of multi-media art work and gathering some materials such as colour magazines, cardboard sheets, newspaper for your use in class would be useful, though not necessary.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Progression may be sought via Foundation at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, or through the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester University.

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Multi-Media Life Class


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