Mixed Media Portrature

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:

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 ‘Portrait’ you say???

a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as expressed through the use of an art medium painting, drawing, or photograph, or mixed media.


Image by Danny OConne

Image source lacapannadelsilenzio.it

Image source behance.net

Image by Monica Marioni

Image by Stephanie Ledoux

Image source www.thisiscolossal.com

Image by Andre Villanueva

Image by Juna Biagioni

Image by Elena Nerium Oleander

Image source Artmajeur.com

Image source Artmajeur.com

Image by Nick Gentry

Image by Rachel Hammond


Image source direct2artist.com

Image source direct2artist.com

Image by Joshua Burbank

Image by Nick Gentry


Where do we go from here?

Well, I think it best if we:

  • Start playing with mixed media. {In scetchbook}
  • Figure out what a Portrait means to each of you individually {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 Portrait mixed media work that has meaning and value to yourself.


First day:

Water soluble graphite pencils water, and brush.

We started out with gazing across the tables of our classroom, drawing the wonderful faces we saw.  We talked about ‘expression and emotion’ and the difference between signs, symbols and artistic mark making.

Assignment A:  

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