City Lit contemporary collage projects 3

Course Dates: 01/05/25 - 03/07/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
City Lit contemporary collage projects 3 concludes with a final set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
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City Lit contemporary collage projects 3
  • Course Code: VH357
  • Dates: 01/05/25 - 03/07/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Simon English

Course Code: VH357

Thu, day, 01 May - 03 Jul '25

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course will seek to look at the position of “mixed media” Assemblage and Collage within the context of modernism and contemporary Art. We will examine mixed media in all its forms and seek to explore notions around the theme of archive, production, experimentation, reclamation and recycling to include contemporary publishing.
We will look at the visual vocabulary of image making and explore relationships between materiality, metaphor and meaning.

Collage derives from the French word, “Coller”, meaning to glue and “Assemblage” is a term given to making three or two dimensional constructions from found natural or manufactured objects.
We will look at how to reassemble the flat packed painting of old and embrace an abundance of mixed media materials, interventions, juxtapositions, fragmentations and techniques.
The course will be primarily practical but will align itself to looking at modern and contemporary international art.

What will we cover?

- Two dimensional and three dimensional approaches to mixed media and interdisciplinary cousins.
- Various strategies and techniques embracing mixed media painting, paper collage, assemblage, decoupage, bricolage, installation, construction, image transformation and desecration, monoprinting, transfer, metamorphosis and wall reliefs.
- Use of text and publications within the context of collage
- The use of mixed media both as an engine of ideas, as means of representation and as a tool of communication within the context of Contemporary Art.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Develop a wide range of skills relating to mixed media, drawing, painting, assemblage and collage.
- Recognise the interdisciplinary relationship between the three areas and the interrelationship between making and meaning.
- Contextualise “Painting, Assemblage and Collage” within the evolution of Modernism and it’s current force today.
- Establish a large lexicon of images, materials and objects in which to experiment with in future.
- Employ many layers of intuition, irrationality, nonsense, logic, aesthetics and reason upon the process of conceiving, proposing, making and presenting all three.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all levels from “absolute beginners” intermediate students and artists alike. We ask that you bring an open mind and sense of adventure.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered through practical exercises and demonstrations, supported with one to one tutorials and group discussions. Visual lectures will guide your creative journey and critical judgement that will support your practical progress. Students will be given a list of contemporary artists in conjunction with the lectures and a comprehensive course diary for each session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic studio materials and resources will be provided as part of the course and your tutor will advise you on what to bring in from the mixed media cupboards of home (newspapers, magazines, unusual papers and materials, found objects and so forth).

We advise students to bring with them a small sketchbook (A5) to house scraps, experiments, ideas and progressions at the end of each day. Please ensure you bring a camera with you to every session, so that work can be visually documented.

Need art supplies? As a City Lit student, our partners London Graphic Centre offer 15% student discount, from pencils to printing services. To get LGC student discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We offer a range of courses and workshops in collage and mixed media. For a full list of available courses, please visit our website.

Simon English Tutor Website

Simon English emerged on the London Art scene in 1994, with an exhibition of painting at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Young British Art 111. He has become best known for his large and small-scale works on paper, often described as painted drawings. He has exhibited internationally at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Musee D'Art Contemporaine de Val de Marne (MAC VAL), Paris France; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, U.S.A; Sammlung Essi, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; LAM Lille, France; Rohkunstbau XXII, Germany, Paisley Museum Scotland; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Tate Britain, London, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Galerie Delacroix French Institute, Tanglers, Morrocco; Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France. In March 2018, the artist's new book, 'SIMON ENGLISH: my big self decoy justin beiber', was launched in the UK by Black Dog Publishing. In 2020 Simon will be presenting his largest solo show to date, at the Transpalette centre D'Arte in Bourges, followed by a solo show at Allegra Projects in St Moritz.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.