Contemporary collage and mixed media

Course Dates: 22/01/18 - 26/03/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Simon English

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.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VH619

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Full Mon, day, 22 Jan - 26 Mar '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £499.00
Senior fee: £399.00
Concession: £304.00
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