Mixed Media Painting: One Theme, Five Ways | Summer Online 2020

Instructor: Maria Malatesta

7/20/2020 - 7/24/2020 (5 sessions)

Monday - Friday 10am - 12pm *this course meets online

Tuition: $250 non-credit only; 10% discount available for alumni, seniors, local art association members, and educators


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For questions, please contact the Continuing Education Office at ce@montserrat.edu



In this online workshop, explore one theme of your choice in five different ways. A suggested list of themes will be sent out prior to class. Some examples are water, plants and blossoms, home, a special place, a shape or a personal or political issue you want to explore more deeply. The idea is yours!

Each day, a different use of materials will be assigned. Collage, building surface, image transfer, integrating writing into the work and finally working on an alternative support. By the end of the week, you will have five pieces that express your ideas in different ways and hopefully you will discover some new ways of working. At the same time, by focusing on one idea, you may come to a deeper understanding of what it is you are investigating.

This class will include demonstrations and looking at various artist's work that address the concepts we are thinking about.

Prerequisites: Some prior painting experience will be helpful.

About Maria

Maria teaches Mixed Media and Oil Painting at Montserrat College of Art and has taught international programs in Tortola, BVI and Umbria, Italy. She also teaches privately in her studio.


In 2015 Maria had a solo show at Montserrat College of Art. Other solo and two person shows include Porter Mill Gallery in Beverly, Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport, Mingo Gallery in Beverly, Main Street Gallery in Winters, CA and Pagus Gallery in Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown in many group shows in the Boston area and the North Shore. She works in her studio is in the South End of Boston.


Maria received the Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelor of Science from Lesley College, Cambridge MA. She has attended numerous residencies and workshops which include working with Timothy Hawkesworth, Art New England and SMFA programs in Venice, Italy. She has twice received a grant to the Vermont Studio Center.


This course meets online.


Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

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Supply List

At least 5 supports for your work: Wood panels, canvas, or heavy paper such as BFK Rives or Stonehenge are great! A medium size support, 12”x12” or there abouts are suggested. But up to you!

An assortment of collage materials: colored papers, old wall paper, maps, old letters. News articles, printed images, rice papers, etc.

A number of copies of images that speak to your theme. Images with a higher contrast make better transfers. Black and white or color.

An assortment of acrylic paints or water based. Water color, gouache, etc.

Acrylic Gel Medium gloss or not

Disposable palette paper

Palette knife


Container for water and rags.

An alternative support that speaks to your theme. Examples…..old book jackets, boxes, Found objects, Materials from nature. A personal object.

Work with materials you love!!

About Us

We provide expert instruction within the visual arts for the North Shore community and beyond. Small program sizes and a supportive environment allow students of all levels a conducive environment to explore, learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. Please join us to take your art interests to the next level!


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