BFA Art School Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 4


Create 1 mixed media artwork that has these features:

  • a shape that is not a rectangle
  • uses at least 2 materials that are not from an art store.
  • uses collage in some capacity.
Pick a subject
brainstorming exercises to do
Ideas for art media
Tip: Surfaces & adhesives

Your choice of surface and adhesive will be important here due to the mixed media nature of this prompt. Consider whether you want a surface that you can easily manipulate, or something more durable like a board which won’t warp, but is limited in terms of adjusting the shape.

adhesive recommendations
Artists for inspiration

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Alberto Burri, Elliott Hundley, Elinore Hollinshead, El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Chris Ofili, Wangechi Mutu

How Artists Can Brainstorm

Brainstorming is an essential process that artists can use to develop their ideas to create their artwork. Exercises such as word association, mind maps, thumbnail sketches, and sketchbook doodles are all discussed as a means towards stimulating the development of ideas for future artworks. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Eloise Sherrid and Alex Rowe.

Abstract Acrylic & Collage

See how to begin and develop an abstract painting composition with acrylic paints, starting with collage as a prompt,  from beginning to end. This video demos the process of how to come up with an idea for an abstract painting, determining the tools and techniques to be used, and how to layer and push the painting to a full finish. With demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu & Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch.

Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #bfa-track channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

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