Introduction to collage and mixed media

Course Dates: 13/09/24 - 27/09/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
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Introduction to collage and mixed media
  • Course Code: VH200
  • Dates: 13/09/24 - 27/09/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ruth Franklin

Course Code: VH200

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Fri, day, 13 Sep - 27 Sep '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This Course introduces you to inventive and immediate ways of working with a variety of Papers and other materials using Collage and Mixed Media. Exciting and accessible, mixed media brings great freedom of expression, fostering experimentation and play to explore personal ideas in new and diverse ways.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to a variety of techniques, that enable you to experiment with different papers and materials, to create collaged 2 and 3 dimensional pieces.

• You will be working with the expressive use of - colour, texture, pattern, drawing, text, and photographic images, to create diverse paper surfaces, for collage.

• You will be introduced to the immediacy of quick observational drawing, to bring into collage work, as well as looking at ways of drawing that uses strips of painted papers.

• You will be working with different papers – new, old, text – faded, fragmented, mended etc., and incorporate drawn or painted lines, to create 2 or 3 dimensional relief surfaces. This will be explored further through paper manipulation - folding, scrunching, piercing, wetting, weaving, layering, sewing etc. whilst still retaining your drawn or stitched line.

• You will be introduced to the technical immediacy of Mono-printing, paper weaving, as well as paper, ink and painting surface alterations.

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

• Understand the different qualities that can be achieved in Collage and Mixed Media - through working with varieties of papers and edges, painted, drawn and sewn surfaces, and contrasting scaled images and marks.

• Experiment with paper - wet, dry, folded, scrunched up, painted, torn, cut, pierced and stained etc.
This will bring an understanding of the need to incorporate paper qualities into collage, for greater depth and richness of relief surfaces.

• Understand how to incorporate precious and personal images into your work - letters, photos, historical documents etc., can produce work that captures personal stories, memories and greater emotions.

• Use some mono-printed techniques, bringing drawn, printed and replica textured surfaces to your work.

How to weave painted paper pieces to incorporate into your work.

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

For beginners as well as those wanting to expand their knowledge and skills using mixed-media and collage. No particular skills required except the willingness to experiment!

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

Students are taught through group and individual tuition, as well as on going demonstrations. The Course is structured around creative projects and technique, with hand-outs, power point presentations, artists books, and demonstrations. At the end of the course, the group reflects on experiences learnt.

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

The course provides a wide selection of essential materials and equipment necessary. You can also bring with you any ‘found’ papers such as paper bags, florist papers, envelopes, weekend newspaper supplements, old books, photocopies of photos, letters, drawings etc., to bring a greater personal connection to your work. Advice will be given on the first session.

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

There are a range of Mixed Media and Collage courses to suit all levels eg Contemporary Collage Projects 1,2,3.

Ruth Franklin

Ruth Studied Ceramics at Harrow College of Art, and MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. From 1978 Ruth began as Art College lecturer, where she discovered her great love of teaching. In 1982 she began teaching regularly at Camberwell College of Art, on the Foundation and Degree Courses, and in 2002 she moved to City Lit, where she has been teaching regularly on Ceramic and Mixed Media Courses. Inspired by the expressive qualities of different mediums and techniques, Ruth’s work has moved from hand-built clay forms, to mixed-media sculptures, sewing, collage and drawing. Looking at personal experiences for inspiration, Ruth has been making sculptures inspired by her family history and professions. Ruth’s teaching aims to ignite students’ own personal expression, through diverse set projects, expressive materials used, and techniques taught. On-going encouragement of students’ strengths, enables confidence and self belief to develop. Ruth has exhibited extensively, and has her work in several Art Collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Crafts Council, London. Website: Instagran: ruthfranklin_artist

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.