Mixed Media Landscapes

Big picture

Art embraces the selection and combination of a broad spectrum of materials, techniques, and processes for artistic expression.

Curricular ties

  • Experiment with a wide range of materials, processes, and techniques to create works of art.
  • Develop skills and techniques in a wide range of styles and movements and a variety of technical processes


  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
  • Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.



What is Mixed media?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Collaboration with Jean Tinguely, 1989

Mixed media art by Doren Robbins

In visual artmixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium has been employed.

When creating a painted or photographed work using mixed media care is taken to allow enough drying time between the layers to ensure the final work will have structural integrity. If many different media are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed.

Many effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media to attain a wide range of self-expression. Some children’s picture books also use mixed media illustrations. For example, ‘s Nachts by Wolf Erlbruch.

Mixed media art, a visual art, is distinguished from multimedia art which combines visual art with non-visual elements, such as recorded sound, literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity.

OK? Ya, simple.  Making something with a bunch of different things.

Let us take a look at some different Artists and how they work:




 OK?  I hope you got the Idea that Mixed Media can be pretty much anything put together to arrive at an aesthetic you like. 

What’s a ‘Landscape’ you say???

Well, its an image of land! Usually, a view or vista the of scene you find enjoyable, interesting, worthy of describing or capturing through an Artwork,

Here are some images:



And some mixed media images:

Image source by Michele Kishita morning on the lake

Image source alchetron.com

IMAGE BY by kate shaw

Image by Laly Mille

Image source by Paintingbliss

Image by Carol Akastman

Image source http-::www.lauraparkerart.co.uk:landscape_paint.htm

Image by Michele Kishita

Image source joanfullertonpaintings.blogspot.com

Image source kateboyce.co.uk

Image source Landscapes of Intention 2016 Laly Mille


Image source mixedmediaartistsinternational.blogspot.ca:

Image source toniali.com

imaginary landscape (atlas) #2, 24in. x 24in., mixed media on board. 2011

Image by Nicholas Herbert

Image by Nicholas Herbert

Image by Nicholas Herbert

Image by Nicholas Herbert

Where do we go from here?

Well, I think it best if we:

  • Start playing with mixed media. {In scetchbook}
  • Figure out what a Landscape means to each of you individually {In scetchbook}
  • Think about the land WE ARE IN and its history and politics {In scetchbook}
  • Your connection, experience, memories, to landscape- Past, current, and future {In scetchbook}
  • a whack of thumbnail sketches, a few drafts, and a good copy.

OK?  THoughts?

My Expectations

My Expectations are that you participate every day to the best of your ability.  You follow along with the processes and timeline we agree upon, you work towards completing a landscape mixed media work that has meaning and value to yourself.

October 21st

First day:

Water soluble graphite pencils water, and brush.

We started out with gazing out our classroom window, drawing the natural phenomena we saw.  We talked about ‘Calligraphic Marks’ and the difference between signs, symbols and artistic mark making.

Assignment A:  

Glue today’s best work in your sketchbook.  Date, please!

October 23

Day Two

‘Calligraphic mark making’

Calligraphic trees


Cursive signatures activity

3 Horizon
3 tree line

Albrecht Durer’s Deluge and the emotional qualities of the work

Image source http://quantavolution.net/vol_03/figs/cc_f27.jpg

Assignment B:  

Glue today’s best work in your sketchbook 1 horizon, 1 treeline. 

Date, please!