Developing contemporary collage, mixed media and assemblage

Course Dates: 27/07/20 - 30/07/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Simon English

Experiment with the interplay between two and three dimensions. We'll work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, collage and small scale constructions within the context of mixed media.


What is the course about?

The course will seek to look at the position of “mixed media” within the context of both Assemblage and Collage. We will examine contemporary drawing and painting both on and off the canvas and seek to uncover its modernist formed relationship with reclamation and recycling.

Collage derives from the French word, “Coller”, meaning to glue and “Assemblage” is a term given to making three or two dimensional constructions putting together 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 and techniques.

The course will be primarily practical but will align itself to looking at these cross-overs from early Cubism, through to artists such as Lygia Clark, Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain and on to contemporary artists such as Angela De La Cruz, Oscar Tuazon, Cullinhan and Richards to name a few.

The course will also seek to address how collage and assemblage can be used to inform the more traditional practices of canvas painting, looking at realist painters such as Neil Gall, Dexter Dalwood or the Pop artist Richard Hamilton.

Combine this course and Start collage and mixed media , code VH766 and save 15% with this code VASUMMER12

Terms and conditions apply to this offer.


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, metamorphosis, text and wall reliefs.

We will examine painting 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 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.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VH787

Mon-Thu, eve, 27 Jul - 30 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Download form & post

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.