• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Mixed Media & Collage

This course explores the process of creating collage journals, travelogues and altered books using a wide range of collage and mixed media processes. It is an exploration of the relationship between image, text and personal narrative in the sketch book form. This course focuses on collage journals and travelogues in the fall term and collage journals and altered books in the winter term.

Sketchbooks and intriguing found books will be reconfigured through collage, drawing and paint and ink processes. We will work with unusual collage papers and fabrics as well as found images and text. The collage journals can work for daily art practice, in preparation for travel, or as a thematic exploration.

We will transform photo-based imagery through cutting and reassembly, create under-paintings for collage and drawing, build layers and transparency, add inserts, envelopes and tags, make simple photo transfers, use text and narrative, fabric and stitching. Much of our explorations can be adapted for travelling and small studio practice.

12 Weeks: Base Tuition: $495 + Materials Fee: $35 = Total: $530

* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • A wide range of collage and mixed media techniques for the expanded journal/book format
  • How to work with images, text and personal narratives
  • Art making for small studio practice and travel/post travel
  • To expand collage thinking to altered books and book alternatives

Materials to Bring

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

  • White glue (small to medium)
  • Matte or satin medium (medium size)
  • Small jar gesso
  • Glue stick
  • Fine, small scissors with a good point (such as Fiskars)
  • Exacto knife, with blades
  • Basic set of acrylics
  • A range of inexpensive brushes
  • A few better quality brushes
  • Folding bone (optional)
  • Cutting grid (optional)
  • 1 small scrap pack bag of washi papers, natural colours (Curry's, Above Ground, The Paper Place)
  • Good quality sketchbook with watercolour or mixed media papers, hard cover, interesting format
  • 2 large sheets: 90 lb watercolour paper or paper pad

Other found imagery, books etc. which will be discussed in class. We will go over the materials in detail on the first day of class if students want to wait to make their purchases.