What is the course about?
This course aims to inspire creativity for textiles and surface pattern with playful drawing exploration through collage. Collage is a technique with so many creative styles and variations. You will be shown simple ways to create your own papers to use within your collage as well as exploring and incorporating collected materials. You will also investigate techniques to compose collage such as cutting, ripping and layering.
What will we cover?
You will develop a body experimental work through investigating some of the various ideas and techniques that can be used in paper collage to create your own works. Discovering ways of working with paper to create texture, colour and surface pattern. You will then explore further ways of finding endless colour and design inspiration through the use of your own photos or found images. You will have the opportunity to discuss creative ways of how to develop your paper collage designs for use in any textile medium.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the basic techniques of composing a collage and how to create layout ideas.
- Explore simple effective ways to create your own papers to use within collage.
- Understand creative ways to develop simple collages that could be used in developing ideas for your own textile and surface pattern application.
- Gain confidence through the opportunity to build a small body of personal work of new creative ideas, techniques and processes
- Initiate possibilities to build upon within your sketchbooks for further textile and surface pattern application.
- Develop your creative experimentation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels of ability from those who want to gain confidence in drawing and developing creative ideas to those more advanced who want to further their creative experimentation.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions. There will be demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a creative course with the emphasis on hands on application. There will be teaching materials such as basic information sheets provided to you as well as examples of the techniques and processes that you will be exploring. There will be discussion, support and feedback throughout the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- Basic materials are included.
- You may wish to bring a further selection of drawing media that you like to work with.
- You may wish to bring a selection of papers/card which you would like to experiment with. Consideration of colour, texture and pattern would give you great variety. For example: old magazines and books which you don’t mind cutting up, shopping/junk mail catalogues, plain, patterned and textured papers, corrugated card/brown boxes, tissue paper, baking parchment, brown packing paper, cellophane. Many of these things can be found items but you might choose to purchase a selection of papers to bring along.
- You will also need to bring a selection of 4-6 images which you find inspiring whether this is through colour, texture or composition. These may be your own photographs or images from books, magazines or found and printed out from the internet.
- It would be useful to bring a simple portfolio/folder to carry your work home in.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You could use your collage design inspiration, from the body of work created on this course, and develop it further into numerous textile works.
VX119 Texiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
VX488 Textiles: mixed media embellishment
VX442 Textile: digital surfaces.
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