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Collage and Mixed Media – ONLINE

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.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Tutor bio: Anna Robertson is a practising printmaker and mixed media artist who also runs the collage and mixed media class at the Mary Ward Centre. Anna has been teaching art for many years in Schools and Colleges.

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.

What does this course cover

The first half of each term 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.

Later in the course 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

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual diagrams (emailed to students). One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing techniques/achievements in their work via zoom/ in class displays/discussion.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

All students will need a minimum of 3 primary colours (red, yellow, blue) plus black and white paint, preferably acrylics and 2 or 3 different sized brushes (1 larger, rougher bristled is good). Various papers including cartridge or similar (minimum of 100gms is better for painting, sticking onto but 80 gms is fine for mono-printing ) brown, some coloured and magazines etc.
Scissors, glue, craft knife,(cereal box) card, any textured things (bubble wrap, fruit bags, wallpaper or fabric with raised surface etc).
A phone or camera, a home printer (really useful if photo/reprographics shops aren't open).
An old toothbrush, an old comb (or cut into card), colourful plastic bags, an iron, greaseproof paper.
Selection of pencils, black pen, any other art materials they might usually use (Not essential but allows for variety of techniques- Watercolour set or a few different coloured inks, a white wax crayon or candle, oil or chalk pastels, graphite, fine liner pens, metallic pens/paints etc). Stencils (although in term 2 we make some).
Cost for minimum art materials needed- £20-40.

Printmaking equipment- if a student has inks, rollers etc this is great for monoprinting but I wouldn't expect a student to purchase this (they can do paint/collage techniques).

Often I will ask students to collect images, do some research before their class and possibly print out images to be used in their collage/mixed media work. All students should collect as many different papers as they can- brown paper, newspaper, old magazines, coloured papers, old envelopes etc.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

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.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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