• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Mixed Media & Collage

This fun and challenging course will introduce the fundamentals of transforming papers through paper-cutting processes and creating a wide range of collage works. We will work with a variety of intriguing papers and collage materials such as photo-based imagery, vintage maps and other paper ephemera to fine washi and patterned papers.  We will transform this material through elaborate cutting strategies and re-assemblage with glues, mediums and stitching, as well as in combination with painting and drawing. We will explore both image-based works and abstraction through compositions using pattern and repetition, layering and transparency, as well as negative and positive cut-out shapes.

This course will also explore the rich and vibrant history of paper-cutting and collage as well as explore contemporary artists working in collage and paper arts today.

Collage Explorations offers all students an opportunity to expand their thinking about composition, process and materials, and offers exciting art-making possibilities for students who are coming from drawing and painting practices.

12 Weeks: Base Tuition: $495 + Materials/Model Fee: $30 = Total: $525

10 Weeks: Base Tuition: $422 + Materials/Model Fee: $30 = Total: $452

* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Strategies for elaborate cutting and layering papers
  • Compositional strategies for additive and subtractive collage
  • Exposure to a wide range of of materials and processes
  • Collage in combination with drawing and painting
  • Thinking about concept and content; making choices of imagery and materials.
  • Exposure to both historical and contemporary artists working in paper cutting and collage today

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases incase you need to return any materials.

  • Matte or satin medium (medium size)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors (fine point such as Fiskars)
  • Straight-edge knife with extra blades (for fine cutting)
  • Basic set of acrylics
  • A range of inexpensive brushes
  • A few better quality brushes
  • Folding bone (optional)
  • Cutting grid (optional)
  • A pad of Strathmore Bristol vellum drawing paper 14x17” 100 lb. or equivalent
  • 3 sheets watercolour paper 22x30” 140 lb cold press watercolour paper
  • Roll of japanese brush/watercolour paper
  • 2-4 small stretched canvases (optional)


We will go over the materials in detail on the first day of class if students want to wait to make their purchases.