Creative Explorations in Mixed Media: 2D, 3D and Beyond!

Voyage to MichaelaniaThis online workshop will explore alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the workshop, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany exciting in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, shed light on signature processes and techniques. The workshop also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades.

Offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation, this workshop will reveal how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this workshop will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration.

Course registration comes with a digital download of Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.

Check out this article from where Lisa discusses her upcoming course!

Start Date:

January 6, 2015

Course Length:

4 weeks




Lisa L. Cyr (bio)

Course Materials:

View Course Schedule


What You’ll Learn:

  • How to create signature content-driven work, utilizing two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital mixed-media techniques

Who should take this course:

  • Artists of all levels who are interested in knowing how 2D, 3D and digital mixed-media techniques can add that magical, transforming element to their work


Art Material Safety Guidelines: Read page 2 and seek manufacturer information on pages 156-157. Some processes used in the book Art Revolution use printers, scanners, copiers and other equipment in alternative ways that may void manufacturers’ warranties. The experimental processes covered have been developed by the various featured artists and author/instructor and no guarantee of fitness is offered.

  • White acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic matte medium
  • Acrylic gel medium
  • Any rigid working surface of your choice
  • Various papers (handmade or commercial) and printed ephemera
  • Brushes
  • Acrylic paints
  • Molding paste
  • PVA (pH neutral) glue
  • Wax paper
  • Brayer
  • Painting knife with flat edge at top
  • Painting roller
  • Sponges with an irregular pattern
  • Painter’s tape
  • Empty Hardcover Sketchbook
  • Access to an ink-jet or laser printer

Check out this video previewing Lisa’s Book, Experimental Painting


*Note: There are so many techniques introduced in this workshop that it is really up to you what you want to try. The above list of supplies is a suggested list. You may want to see what you would like to try before purchasing your supplies.


In order to be successful with this course, attendees should:

  • Read all assigned pages from the book Art Revolution by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr.
  • View assigned links, showing additional demonstrations and information online created by the artist/instructor for attendees enhanced knowledge.

All assignments must be submitted through the Blackboard System for evaluation. To expedite responses to questions, contact the instructor via e-mail. Work at your own pace, as the instructor will comment on all in-process work. There are no grades for this workshop and the amount of work you create is all up to you.


Course Syllabus:

Transcending Boundaries: Reinterpret, Reinvent and Redefine

  • Read pages 6-11

Content-driven Approach

  • Read pages 12-25

Session 1: Reinterpreting the Visual Landscape

Reading Assignment:

  • Conceptual Ideation and Development: read pages 26-39
  • Read Sketchbooks & Journals Article
  • Read Embrace Inspiration Article
  • Read Mixed-Media Painting Techniques Article
  • Read Printmaking with Ordinary Objects
  • Read Marbling using Self-Leveling Clear Gel

Homework Assignment:
Onto a new sketchbook or journal, create a unique cover, back cover, spine and one interior spread using mixed-media techniques. This will serve as a special place for you to not only generate ideas but also explore new techniques. Make sure to prime the interior pages with gesso or matte medium (both sides) before you start to work. Place wax paper between pages to block out the areas you are not working on. You can give your sketchbook or journal a title.

Session 2: Building the Surface

Reading Assignment:

  • Read pages 40-41
  • Altering the Working Ground: read pages 42-47
  • Creating a Tactile Environment through Collage: read page 48-55
  • Toning the Surface in Inventive Ways: read page 56-61
  • Using Custom Transfers and Xerography: read page 70-75
  • An Exploratory Process: watch video
  • Read Tips for Creating Texture

Homework Assignment:

Create a mixed-media work utilizing the techniques learned from the readings onto a flat, single-surface working ground. Make sure you considering your subject/message when choosing the techniques you employ.

Session 3: Projecting Forward

Reading Assignment:

  • Read pages 80-81
  • Dimensional Substrates and Treated Surfaces: read pages 82-89
  • Signature Constructs and Add-ons: read pages 98-105
  • Kinetic Accents: read pages 90-97
  • Sculptural and Tactile Surfaces: read pages 106-111
  • Read playing with Cloth Blogpost

Homework Assignment:

You have a choice: Create a mixed-media work onto a multi-paneled substrate employing dimensional accents such as inlaid or attached assemblage add-ons OR create a three-dimensional assemblage piece.

Session 4: Combining Traditional and New Media Techniques in Inventive Combinations

Reading Assignment:

  • Read pages 116-117 in Art Revolution
  • Digital Collage: read pages 118-125
  • Embellishing the Digital Surface: read pages 126-131
  • Virtual Assemblage: read pages 132-139
  • Ink-jet Printing: Alternative Surfaces and Approaches: read pages 140-147
  • New Media for a New World: read pages 148-151

Homework Assignment:
Onto a single or multi-dimensional working ground, create a mixed-media work (2D or 3D) that incorporates traditional and digital techniques in some way. You can also utilize any of the other mixed-media techniques that we have used in class so far. The piece should have a concept to which your choice of materials and techniques help to support.

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