Intro To Collage And Illustration

On this course you will explore a wide range of collage, illustration and mixed media techniques - incorporating found imagery, painting, drawing and assorted textures. You will develop your own series of mixed media works and explore both contemporary and historical artists to gain an understanding of how to convey a broad spectrum of themes.
Suitable for complete beginners and for those learners wanting to develop existing collage ideas further and in 3D.

The class will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
This a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Who is this course for

This course offers an excellent introduction to Collage, Decoupage and Illustration for complete beginners and for those learners wanting to develop existing collage ideas further and in 3D.

What does this course cover

Collage - exploring contemporary and historical collage techniques
Decoupage - layering and varnishing assorted textures and papers onto 3-d surfaces
Illustration - playfully exploring the relationship between image and text

You will explore applying collage to both 2D and 3D surfaces - such as: vessels, boxes, ornaments and other portable objects. You will be able to incorporate your own themes or develop brand new ones within the course.

We will work on projects that cover core Collage, Decoupage and Illustration skills whilst also exploring the work of an exciting range of established collage artists such as: Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters through to contemporary collage artists such as Jesse Treece and Linder Sterling. You will be shown a variety of techniques for combining text, imagery, texture and colour to build dynamic images that can be developed in 2D and then extended into 3D artworks and designs.

You'll have the chance to work with a variety of media such as: marker pens, mono printing, inks, watercolours, acrylics, fabrics and a diverse range of printed imagery from magazines and newspapers.

By the end of the course you should be able to
* Explore other collage artists' work and apply some of their techniques to your own work
* Consider and apply themes, symbolism and basic composition to your work
* Create a 'bank' of collage materials from found objects and imagery
* Experiment using a wide range of texture, colour and tone
* Develop new directions within your work through basic self - evaluation / visual analysis

What will it be like

Practical demonstrations will be given by your tutor and there will be a variety of painting exercises to take part in. There will be regular handouts provided with useful tips, extended learning ideas and also examples of established artists' work for historical context. Each week you will receive individual support as well as take part in group discussion/feedback. Your tutor, Cleo Harrington trained at the Royal College of Art and has taught contemporary collage, illustration, Painting and Drawing within Adult Education for many years. What

What else do you need to buy or do

All materials are supplied but you will need to pay for some of the more expensive specialist papers if you wish to use them. Ideally you need to provide your own sketchbook for developing ideas within the course and for any research. You may need to supply your own good quality paint brushes if you require them.
If you have any objects or imagery youd like to work with, feel free to bring them with you.

What this course could lead to

Illustration, print making, collage, drawing, painting and decoupage courses at the Mary Ward Centre, or elsewhere.

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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