Contemporary collage projects: 3

Course Dates: 30/04/20 - 04/06/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Simon English

The final course in a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions.It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. We will be working 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.


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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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?

You may wish to progress to a Collage, Painting or sculpture course running throughout the year.
Your tutor will advise you on the last session.


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Very stimulating and energetic class taught by a knowledgable and sympathetic teacher. Great fun - I highly recommend this course.
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Course Code: VH357

Thu, day, 30 Apr - 04 Jun '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £379.00
Senior fee: £303.00
Concession: £231.00

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