Special effects in art

special effects art workshop

Have you ever wondered how talented artists manage to add so much depth and interest into their work? How they mange to make the same paints look so much more fascinating and interesting? We’ve invited local artist Jo Hathaway to join us and share some of her tips for doing just that. She’ll show you how to crate some amazing special effects using gels, mediums and glazes with the paint.

The great thing about acrylic paint is that you can mess with it – you can make it act like watercolour; you can make it act like oils; you can layer it one translucent layer at a time, or paste it on like grouting! But how?




02 Apr 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

What will we cover?

In this workshop, we will play with a whole range of tools, gels, glazes, mediums and textures, layering and blending colour so that you can use to manipulate the paint and make it come up with amazing effects.

How will I be taught?

This is a practical course – you will be mixing colour and materials from the start, and making a record that you can use later to create more of your own pieces at home. Your tutor will also show you how to use different tools with different mediums to create the kind of effects that make people say, ‘How did you do that?!’

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Whether you are a complete beginner or an artist or maker just looking to try something new, the tutor will guide you through some practical activities, tools and techniques.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

Water based paint and other materials will be provided. You may wish to bring an apron to protect your clothes.

What will I take home with me?

You will go home with a swatch record showing you how different mediums and glazes work with paint, as well as a few practice pieces we will do together to show how you can build an abstract landscape using the techniques we have used.


Drinks and biscuits will be available


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Jo Hathaway
Jo Hathaway

Jo Hathaway is a Brighton-based painter and illustrator. Her work focuses on using colour to express memory and landscape, and is inspired by poetry and prose. Her work is varied, and spans the spectrum of abstract, expressive landscape, balancing imagination and memoir. Increasingly working on a big scale, Jo’s larger paintings express how it feels to experience the landscape, whether that is to be swirled around wild swimming, or breathing in clean bright air in the mountains. Her smaller seascapes are more representational, and sea shapes and imagery are a repeating theme used to convey hope and perseverance. Jo studied art and illustration at Warwickshire College and graduated in 1990. She has worked professionally as an artist, and published as an illustrator ever since, for many years in parallel with her work as a specialist editor and writer in health and social care. In 2023, Jo will be showing in various art fairs, festivals and galleries in Brighton, London and the South East; she will also have her first show in Ireland, 'In My Mother's Place', a selection of more intimate, personal paintings of the landscape of Tipperary and Clare. Her work is shown and sold directly, through fairs, festivals, and independent gallery exhibitions. She also teaches children and adults' workshops, in the UK and in Spain (visit www.granadaculturalholidays.com). Jo has a teaching qualification, an English degree from Bristol University, and a Masters from Kings College London.

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