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26th Nov 2022 Experimental Evocative Landscapes Mixed Media with Mel Cormack-Hicks

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Experimental, evocative landscapes – mixed media

with Mel Cormack-Hicks

Saturday 26th November 2022

10am – 4pm

All abilities welcome

Debunking composition!

Mel will show you how to create dynamic compositions with her easy to follow hands on teaching methods. You will experiment with composition and leave with the skills that will allow you to make use of composition with impact.

Colour Theory ~ Using colour really helps to evoke emotion in our artwork. All too often however it becomes an element of our artwork that we guess at. Mel will show you how to use colour theory as a tool to create impact leaving you feeling confident about your colour palette.

What will I achieve?

On this one day workshop you will create experimental landscape compositions. You will have the option to work on a larger piece in the afternoon. These will have visual impact because of your newly found knowledge of the vital ingredients, composition and colour.


Mel’s suggestion is to bring a selection of materials, both dry and wet. Then you can try out mixed media techniques too. She does not insist that you have everything from the list below – just bring what you can. *This workshop is not suitable for oil paints.*

About Mel

A Fine Art painting degree from Cheltenham in the mid 90’s allowed Mel to find her artistic voice. Following this, she spent twenty years teaching secondary school pupils and just three years ago decided to become a full time professional artist. Her first solo show at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham launched her new career. She has exhibited at ‘The Other Art Fair’ a Saatchi affiliated show and is represented by Marine House at Beer. She is full of energy and enthusiasm for her new audience of students and is loving sharing her creative process.

All attendees receive 5% off in our shop adjacent to Studio One at Pegasus Art.

All of the materials below are available. Tea & coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Recommended Equipment List

Quick Drying Materials

Bring materials that can dry quickly: acrylic ink, watercolour, watercolour pencils, gouache and acrylic paints. Anything we can mix with water to make it more fluid. Daler Rowney inks, suggested colours: Prussian blue, Payne’s Grey, Cadmium Red, White and Sap Green

Watercolour pencils: Acrylic paints:

Resist Materials

Candles, oil pastels and masking fluid if you would like to try it. Winsor & Newton is my favourite:

Dry Materials Pencils, chalk pastels and a glue stick.

Tools Pipette (acrylic inks have these in the top), brushes, palette knife, straw to blow through! If you have one, bring a hairdryer to get the paint and ink moving!


Bring anything you already have – any format. My preference is Pink Pig – a square, ringbound sketchbook available at Pegasus Art. I’m happy for you to work in your sketchbook all day, but if you would like to work larger, there are some suggestions below.

Surface suggestions

Thick card, hot press watercolour paper (the smooth type), wooden boards or mount board (these will need a layer of gesso on them – ask Mel), You could bring canvas, but I find that the materials don’t flow across the surface very easily. The size you bring is up to you, but if you do decide to bring something large, bring smaller sizes too!

Bring five print outs of landscapes that have meaning to you. They could be several images of the same location from different angles OR different images. The printouts should be A5 size minimum. You can bring photographs, but please note, you will be painting on top of them and possibly tearing them up.

A packed lunch and water – there is no café at Griffin Mill. Due to current Covid restrictions, we will not be offering tea or coffee. Please bring your own drinks and packed lunch with you.

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