• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Interdisciplinary

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.


Spring (10 weeks) CANCELLED

Summer (1-week intensive)  $405 + Materials fee $30 = Total: $415

Notes: SUMMER section: This intensive is designed for beginners and returning students who wish to explore the collage process with a fun and challenging week long immersion.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
783Donnely SmallwoodJuly 30, 2018 to Aug. 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1-week Intensives$435.00

What you will learn

  • 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 in developing and learning to talk about work.

Materials to Bring

  • White glue (small to medium)
  • Matte or satin medium (medium size)
  • Small jar gesso
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Small straight edge knife
  • Basic set of acrylics
  • A range of inexpensive brushes
  • A few better quality brushes
  • Folding bone (optional)
  • Cutting grid (optional)
  • A cartridge paper pad
  • A pad of Strathmore Bristol vellum drawing paper 11x14” or bigger, 100 lb. or equivalent
  • 4 sheets Strathmore watercolour paper 22x30” 140 lb cold press watercolour paper
  • 2-4 small stretched canvases (optional)

Other found imagery etc. which will be discussed in class.