Mixed media for beginners

Arts Centre, Bideford

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners who would like to explore the different mediums of art and craft.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August and your household income below £15276 to access this fund. Please contact your local centre for more details

Course content

You could cover a range of art and craft disciplines: painting, watercolour, collage, relief plasterwork, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, use of sissex machine etc. The difference with this course is that it allows you to decide which media you want to work in. For example: the tutor could set up a still life arrangement and you could choose to either draw the still life, make a ceramic relief or wire and plaster sculpture etc. You get to concentrate on the media and work with materials you prefer.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support and guide you during the course

Additional costs and requirements

There are some materials available but if you have any pencils, brushes, scissors, watercolours, paints, fabric materials of your choice you may wish to bring these with you depending on which medium you prefer to work with.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

No unless you wish to

About the tutor

Harry Roberts currently works on Art and Design courses and a range of Art/music based ALDD courses for Learn Devon. For two months over the summer he works for a language company at Shebbear College, teaching English and Sport to French students.

Prior to this he worked for North Devon College for 12 years as a Fine Art Lecturer and Tutor. Before this he had four artist-in-residence positions in the UK and was International Research Fellow at Exeter College of Art and Frankfurt Akademie, and Junior Fellow at South Glamorgan University.

Harry has a PGCE from the University of Reading and a BA Hons (Ist class) from the Polytechnic Wolverhampton and Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon.

His current area of interest is in using paper pulp, dyes and oil paint to create large constructions that straddle the line between painting and sculpture. The current series of five works has taken four years and is due for exhibition next year.

He has held one-man shows at most large cities in the UK including two in London and has won 12 awards and prizes at local and national exhibitions and was awarded the gold medal in Fine Art in Newport, Wales.

His work is in various public and private collections including; Tarmac, Granada Television and three LEA collections.

When he was a student his tutor was Anish Kapoor.

‘I love showing people new things and materials and helping them develop their skills. I believe everyone has a creative ability. We all drew before we could speak but sometimes this creative ability gets lost or buried. I like people to find what they never really knew they had.’

Harry Roberts. Art, Craft and Design Tutor, Learn Devon.

Start date26 April 2018
End date17 May 2018
Start time14:00
End time16:30
Concessions not available