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Collage and Mixed Media

A practical course for beginners and experienced artists aimed at those who want to explore the creative possibilities of collage. Experiment with mixed media (paint, print, 3D, relief, found objects, etc) and make use of unexpected materials and techniques.

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Who is this course for

This course is suitable for beginners and those with previous experience of collage and other art forms. No previous experience or skills are necessary. This is a series of 3 practical courses, which run consecutively over the academic year; they can be taken separately, or completed consecutively. Creative Collage and Mixed Media is aimed at those who want to explore the medium of collage and experiment with this most versatile of art forms in a creative and experimental way. Students will be encouraged to push the boundaries of collage, by combining it with painting, printing, drawing and sculpture (small scale) and to follow their own personal interests in the medium. The course will cover some basic art history of collage and will look at influential artists, along with demonstrations of materials and techniques.

No previous experience of collage is required although previous experience of any artistic medium would be an advantage. Please note that making collage requires the handling of scissors and sharp knives (which can be provided by the MWC).

What does this course cover

The first half of the course will cover different techniques for collage and mixed media, including painting, printing and drawing, allowing students to try these out for themselves. We will look for inspiration at modern and contemporary collage artists, both abstract and figurative and aim to replicate some of the techniques of the masters.
During the second half students will have the opportunity to choose a 'personal project', and explore in more depth a technique or subject matter of interest for the remainder of the term. For this 'personal project' students will be fully supported by the tutor and assisted to achieve their goals technically and practically.

By the end of the course students should be able to:

1. Know some of the history of collage and background of the artists who use it
2. Be confident working with a range of collage materials and techniques
3. Be confident to combine different techniques, such as collage, painting and printing
4. Identify and develop a personal project in collage and mixed media
5. Apply constructive criticism to their work and that of others

What will it be like

Some classes will start with a brief slideshow or hand-outs, showing artworks to inspire ideas and demonstrate techniques. There will also be demonstrations of techniques and materials where necessary, but most of the class time will be devoted to students making their own creative collages. At the end of each class we come together as a group to review our works and reflect on what we can learn from each other.
This is not an accredited course but your progress will be informally monitored by the tutor. Students will be also encouraged to keep a photographic record of work made each week and to reflect on their own progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Collage is all about ingenuity and recycling, so the bare minimum of materials are required.
Essential items are:
- a pair of sharp scissors and/or a pair of good nail scissors
- a small pritt stick
- a basic set of acrylic paints and/or watercolours
- cheap paintbrushes (for gluing and painting)
Total cost = approx. £5-£10

Other useful items would include:
- a good craft knife, carpet knife or scalpel (plus spare blades)
- a small cutting mat
- a metal ruler
- textured, coloured or patterned materials e.g. wrapping paper, brown paper, wallpaper samples, foreign newspapers, coloured card, fabric samples, sandpaper, sweet wrappers etc.
- interesting bits and bobs e.g. stamps, sweet wrappers, stickers, leaves, twigs, bits of wood, plastic packaging , beach-combing finds etc.
- images from postcards, photos, magazines or newspapers
Total cost = £0-£20

What this course could lead to

Students can progress to other art or art history courses at Mary Ward Centre, including Level 2 and 3 courses, if appropriate. This course is also suitable for aiming to build up a portfolio of diverse work for application to FE and HE programmes.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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