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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.

Each term the courses will have a slightly different focus, so that over the whole academic year we cover a diverse range of styles and approaches; the 3 courses can be taken consecutively or individually. In the first term the emphasis will be on experimental collage materials and techniques; in the second term we will focus on abstract techniques and textures, and term 3 will include a closer look at photomontage and photography in collage.

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).

Creative Collage and Mixed Media would also be relevant for those interested in abstract painting, photography, design, textiles, art history and students taking the MWC Foundation in Art & Design course.

What does this course cover

The first 6 weeks of each 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.

In Week 7 we will take a trip to see an exhibition (so there will be no class at MWC) and/or gather visual information from the landscape. From week 8 onwards, 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.

In the last class of each term, there will be a review and an informal exhibition of students' finished works, to recognise and share individual achievements and celebrate successes.

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

In addition, by the end of Term 2, students should be able to:
6. Use and create texture in own collage and mixed media artworks

In addition, by the end of Term 3, students should be able to:
6. Use photomontage or photography in their own collage and mixed media artworks

What will it be like

In terms 1 and 2 the course will consist of 12 classes; in term 3 it is 10 classes. In the first 6 weeks of each course, classes will usually 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 important in developing understanding and also helps students gain confidence.
There will be a short comfort/coffee break for those who want it during each session.

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.

At the start of the course there will be a short questionnaire to establish your personal starting point and any particular needs or aspirations you may have. This will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is very useful in helping the tutor to best help you.

Progress against the 3 course learning objectives outlined in 'what you should be able to do by the end of the course' will be monitored throughout the course and discussed with you during the practical project sessions.

Assessment is informal, and takes the form of a review and discussion of students' work at the end of each class, and a more substantial review in the last class of each course. From the 8th week onwards, students will have a personal tutorial with the tutor, to help identify their own unique interests and goals. Also at the end of the course students will receive brief written feedback from the tutor detailing their 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

There will be no compulsory 'homework' set, but students will be encouraged and supported in continuing to explore their ideas and techniques between classes if they can. They will also be encouraged to visit exhibitions and museums to gather inspiration and source material for their work. Sometimes a relevant text or article will be given to students for them to read between classes if they are interested.

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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