New: Creative Collage and Painting

A 3-day course exploring the most versatile of art forms in a creative and experimental way.
Combining paper, paint, print and photomontage to create your own unique collages. Beginners

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 course consists of 3 x 1-day workshops, which should all be attended consecutively. Creative Collage and Painting 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 and photography 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 class will have a slightly different focus, so that the 3 days cover a range of styles and approaches; there will also be time for students to follow their own interests and personal projects.

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); these techniques will be taught on the course.

Creative Collage and Painting 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

Each of the 3 days will begin with an introduction to a particular aspect of collage, some art history, and a demonstration of a new technique for creating collage and/or painting. We will look at modern and contemporary collage artists, both abstract and figurative and aim to replicate some of their techniques. A task or series of tasks will be set, which will allow students to follow their own interests and respond to the media in their own style. The rest of the day will be devoted to students working, with support, on their own artworks. At the end of each of the 3 days, we will hold an informal review/exhibition of students' finished works, to recognise and share individual achievements and celebrate successes.

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

1. Know some of the history of collage and background of the artists who use it
2. Be confident to combine different techniques, such as collage, painting and printing
3. Practice and create your own creative collage/painting
4. Develop your existing skills in collage/painting using experimental techniques

What will it be like

The course lasts 3 full days over 3 consecutive weekends. It will be informal, and provide a chance to learn new skills from the tutor, and also from other students. Each class will start with a brief slideshow or hand-outs, showing artworks to inspire ideas and discussion. There will also be demonstrations of techniques and materials, but the majority of class time will be devoted to students making their own creative collages and mixed media works. 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 lunch break from 1-2pm, and informal coffee break for those who want them during each session.

This is not an accredited course but progress will be informally monitored by the tutor. At the start of the course there will be a short questionnaire to establish personal goals for the course, and any particular needs or aspirations students may have. This will help the tutor to best support all students.

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 at the end of the last class. At the end of the course students will receive verbal feedback from the tutor detailing their progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials will be provided, but as collage is all about ingenuity and recycling, it may be helpful to collect up interesting items to use, such as:
- textured, coloured or patterned papers; eg wrapping paper, brown paper, wallpaper samples, foreign newspapers, coloured card, fabric samples, sandpaper, sweet wrappers etc
- interesting images; eg stamps postcards, antique photos, vintage magazines/newspapers
- interesting bits and bobs; eg pressed flowers, leaves, twigs, seeds, small bits of wood, plastic packaging, small pebbles, beads, beach-combing finds etc

Useful items to bring if you have them 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 include:
- a good craft knife, carpet knife or scalpel (plus spare blades)
- a small cutting mat
- a metal ruler
Total cost = approx £20

There will be no compulsory 'homework' set, but students will be encouraged to continue 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.

What this course could lead to

No qualification is gained, but this course might help students to 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 mixed media work.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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