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?
- Though primarily grounded in the tactile and the two dimensional, projects will attempt to outreach paintings mixed media three dimensional counterparts and interdisciplinary cousins.
- The Course will set up a series of strategies embracing mixed media painting, paper collage, assemblage, decoupage, bricolage, installation, construction, image transformation and desecration, monoprinting, transfer, metamorphosis, text , publications and wall reliefs.
- We will examine 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 will be open to “absolute beginners” and “advanced” alike.
Bring an open mind and sense of adventure.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
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, visual lectures and group discussions.
- 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?
PLEASE BRING A CAMERA WITH YOU TO EVERY SESSION.
Basic materials will be provided and your tutor will advise you on what to bring in from the mixed media cupboards of home. This will include: newspapers, magazines, unusual papers and materials, found objects and so forth.
It may be advisable to bring a small book to house scraps, experiments, ideas and progressions at the end of each day.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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