Fictional Landscapes: Architectural Mixed Media Collage Painting

Painting Lexicon 9a, showing architectural details in a jagged composite
Limits 10 artwork, revealing scaffolding beneath a wall
Limits 143 artwork, showing gray bricks with sloppy mortar, wall surfaces
A composite artwork showing various architectural underpinnings, such as girders and scaffolding. An orange spray painted X is visible in the foreground

Date: March 9-10, 2019 (Spring)
Medium: Painting and mixed media
Instructor: Mike Seeley (email)
Skill Level: All

A weekend workshop that will challenge traditional aspects of composition and the architectural representation of buildings, landscape, and the constructed world. Starting with photos or drawings, students will create alternative interpretations of the built environment, using a wide variety of materials, mediums, and collage techniques. No rules! Go home on Sunday with several completed paintings and collages. All levels of skill from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

  • Masonite 1⁄8” thick panels or hardboard canvas panels. Recommended sizes in the 9” x 12” to 24” x24” range. Quantities and exact sizes up to the student; suggest a minimum of three 9” x 12” panels. Not all panels need to be the same size.
  • Acrylic paints. Starter set of 6 basic colors in heavy body consistency recommended. Avoid "student grade" acrylics (too watery and cheap).
  • Assortment of inexpensive brushes and foam pads on sticks. Sizes from 1/4” up to 2” maximum recommended. Cheap sets are fine for this workshop.
  • One bottle of clear acrylic gel medium, 8 oz size. Matte finish recommended; gloss finish acceptable.
  • Assortment of pencils, markers,chalk, pastels, oil pastels, etc. if you have them. No rules and no requirements; bring whatever you would like to use or have available without spending a lot of money.
  • Scissors and X-Acto knife for trimming paper.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $35-50*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Mike Seeley is engaged in a double career as an architect and artist, and his architectural and construction experiences are the specific sources for his art, particularly the visual imagery found on construction sites, when things are in transition between being demolition and construction. Mike is currently an adjunct instructor in Drawing at Miami University and works as an architect while maintaining an active painting practice.