08/05/2021 - 08/26/2021
Thursdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CATC Art Studio


INSTRUCTOR:  Terry Smith  (Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.)

4-week class on Thursday mornings 9-noon. August 5, 12, 19, 26

Mixed media is defined as any artwork that incorporates more than one type of media.  For example, combining water color, ink and acrylic is mixed media.  In this class we will explore painting with acrylic, mark making with various tools, collage, image transfer and geli plate printing.  With few rules on how to combine these, the possibilities are limitless.  Along the way, we’ll discover at least a dozen ways to create a bird or butterfly in our art!

This class is appropriate for all experience levels.  This is not a step-by-step class where everyone creates an image like the teacher’s.  Instead, Terry will demonstrate several techniques, then let you play with these ideas, combining them in your own way.  Experienced class members are asked to bring sample work to share for inspiration to new artists.

Creating mixed media art is as much about the process as the final product.  And we’ll definitely follow Terry’s life rule–“If it’s not fun, it’s not getting done”!

If you have a bunch of “art stuff”, just bring what you have.  If you’re new, a suggested supply list is provided.

Warning:  Mixed Media is so much fun, you may become a collector of a big amount of “art stuff”!  It’s contagious!

Cost for this class is $20 per session.  Different techniques will be presented each week.

Registration opens July 22.

Class is limited to 12 students.


  1.  Masks are OPTIONAL for FULLY VACCINATED students;
  2. NOT VACCINATED students should wear a mask and maintain 6′ distancing


Don’t stress over materials.  If you have something similar, that’s great. Feel free to call or text with questions.  Terry’s number is 425-777-1055

Surfaces to use as base for your mixed media exploration-

Any one of the following:

  • Dylusions Creative Journal (8.5×11.5)
  • 9×12 or larger book of Mixed Media paper…Canson XL (blue cover) or Strathmore (brown cover) preferred

5 sheets of 140 pound cold press water color paper, such as Fabriano

Or…Whatever you are already using

Acrylic paint

  • Whatever you have is fine. Make sure to have a good white and black.
  • If you don’t have any paint and want to buy some, the instructor recommends the following, which are excellent quality and will work for all types of acrylic art work. From this set you can mix virtually any color.
    • Golden Modern Theory Color Mixing Set
    • Liquitex Heavy Body or “Blickrylic” White and Black. You’ll need a LOT of white and a little black.  You can also use gesso for your white paint.

Acrylic medium—small containers are fine, recommend Golden or Liquitex

  • Gloss medium—Liquitex is cheaper and is fine
  • Soft Gel Matte medium—Golden or Liquitex. Liquitex is cheaper
  • Gloss or satin glazing liquid—prefer Golden
  • White Gesso (the primer for painting)—bring what you have, we’ll try different brands. If you don’t have any and are ordering from Blick, get a pint of Utrecht Artists Acrylic Gesso, which you can also use as white paint.


  • Two inexpensive 1 inch chip brushes from the hardware
  • Two -inexpensive 2 inch chip brushes from the hardware
  • 1 or 2 smaller brushes, around ½ inch wide

Palette Knife

  • A few cheap plastic palette knives for mixing paint (you may find a cheap set)

Collage Materials

  • A couple magazines and newspapers or old books you have waiting for a project
  • Other collage materials you’d like to try or share..tissue paper, wrapping paper, packing paper, etc.

Writing and Mark Making

  • 2 sticks you find on a walk
  • 2 different pencils
  • 2 different pens
  • 1 water soluble pencil (I love the Stabilo watersoluble pencil for Paper-Glass-Plastic-Metal)
  • 1 water soluble pen (I love the Pilot Precise V5 RT, in the stationary, not art dept.)
  • Eraser


  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • 2 medium or 1 large ½ gallon or larger water container
  • Rubber Gloves
  • A good large table cover at least 4×6 feet (things WILL get messy)
  • Apron or old clothes
  • Old hotel card, gift card, etc.
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape, any type
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • Baby wipes
  • Something to use as a palette….such as a large plastic palette, a plastic plate (50 cents at Walmart) any large plastic tray, etc. You can also use your heavy plastic table cover as a palette.  Terry uses 4 mil plastic from the house painter section for table cover and palette.  Paper plates dry way too fast to use as a palette here in AZ.

Other materials covered in the class (such as the geli plates) will be shared by the instructor and other members, so you can determine if you want to purchase after trying it.


You can find cheap small brushes, palette knives and miscellaneous materials at WalMart and JoAnns in Green Valley on Old Nogales Highway.

For Tucson shopping,

Arizona Art Supply,  4343 N Oracle Rd, Tucson

Get 20% off when you tell them you’re in a class, and show your supply list

For online shipping    

Both of these require minimum orders for free shipping, so maybe shop with a friend?

Registrations are either not yet open (registration usually starts two weeks prior) or are closed for this event because the class has already started. If the class has already started, contact the instructor to see if you can still join.

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