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Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials

 The Tate Modern Museum:

Humans have been combining materials in everyday objects and art for thousands of years, but it wasn’t classified as a separate art form. In the early 20th century, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques experimented with collages as part of the Cubist movement. Art historians generally agree that these experimentations are the birth of mixed media art.

Fruit dish and Glass -Georges Braque

Dada artists continued to incorporate found objects and images from mass media into their collage and readymade artworks. Decades later, the large art installations of the late 1960s and 1970s continued to challenge the art world with the use of mass-produced materials such as magazine clippings, packaging material, paints, and found objects.

Mixed media art is different from multi-media art, which can include electronic, video, audio, and computerized components. The following art types are classified as mixed media:

  • Collage
  • Découpage
  • Assemblage
  • Found Art
  • Altered books
  • Wet and Dry Media used together

Selected Mixed Media Artworks

Still Life with Chair Caning – Pablo Picasso 

Bicycle Wheel – Marcel Duchamp

Self-Obliteration No. 1 – Yayoi Kusama

Indestructible Object –  Man Ray

Polymer Book – Gerri Newfry

Registration for PAS is open through July with a finite number of spaces available.

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