Contemporary collage and mixed media

Course Dates: 27/06/20 - 25/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through history and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.


What is the course about?

The course will act as a celebration of collage, deriving from the French word,"Coller - meaning to glue". Contemporary collage will examine a wide range of methods and materials to explore the unlikely juxtapositions, assemblages and re-contextualisations that are cut and paste within the genre.
We will seek to examine it's relevance in Contemporary Art practice, it's influence on Modernism and it's routes through Art History. Though primarily grounded in the tactile and the two dimensional, projects will attempt to outreach it's three dimensional counterparts and interdisciplinary cousins. Encountered in 12th century China, once the plaything of Marie Antoinette, the brainchild of Braque and Picasso and the engine room of the avant-garde…
Collage has gone on to influence all the Arts and the multifaceted digital world we now live in.

What will we cover?

Working with a wide range of mixed media the course will set up a series of "Pictorial Collisions", covering found object and paper collage, assemblage, decoupage, bricolage, decollage, dechirage, depiliage, photomontage,
box assemblage, frottage, cubomania, image transformation and desecration, metamorphosis, text, reliefs and wall assemblage.

Contemporary collage will also reference photomontage projections, Victorian combination printing, painting from nouveau realism to pop to now, graffiti, tattoos, poetry, news reportage and fakes, fluxus, dada and neodada, installation, site specific, performance, film, sound, design, fashion and rap.

This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.

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

- Develop a wide range of skills and approaches relating to collage.
- Recognise the relationship collage has upon the making and meaning of the altered image.
- Contextualise collage within it's art historical evolution and impact today.
- Establish a large lexicon of images and materials in which to experiment with in the future.
- Employ many layers of intuition, irrationality, nonsense, logic and reason upon the process of making and conceiving collage.

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

The course will be open to both "absolute beginners" and "advanced" alike. Bring an open mind and a sense of adventure.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

The class will be primarily practical with one to one tuition, exercises, demonstrations, informal lectures and group discussions.
Students will be offered the opportunity to create a collage book under the title "Scrap Art" during the intervening weeks.

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

Paint, brushes, basic drawing materials, glue and scissors will be provided. The tutor will advise you on what to bring in each day from the mixed media cupboards of home.
i.e newspaper clippings, photographs, eclectic papers and surfaces, found objects, varnishes and so forth.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

The collage course will be running throughout the year at different timescales and with variations upon the theme.
You may wish to continue collage or consult your tutor for specialist advice depending on how you have progressed during the course.


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Superb tutor with such passion and knowledge and a fun and charming way of passing on his expertise. Each day covers a different theme like collage, assemblage etc. The day starts with a presentation running through a variety of artists and then a demo by the tutor after which you get down to work. Anything goes. It's an opportunity to get messy and work big which I can't do in my home studio. I would say that my art practice moved into a different level as a result of his teaching.
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Review by Frankie / (Posted on 08/02/2018)
Excellent course and taught with a real passion and knowledge for the subject. Would happily continue studying if the course was longer.
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Review by Ben / (Posted on 25/05/2015)
Brilliant tutor who made learning exciting and fun.
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Review by Susie / (Posted on 28/03/2015)
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Review by Pumpernickel / (Posted on 26/03/2015)
Totally excellent course. [The teacher] is a skilled tutor - very well prepared, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, committed, fair, responsive, encouraging.
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Review by Laya / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
Tutor Biographies
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.

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Course Code: VH620

Sat, day, 27 Jun - 25 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

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