Surrealist Collage Online

A collage class inspired by the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century and its influence on contemporary collage. Their work often tapped into the subconscious and recalled dreams or dreamlike places.

The course will run over 4 weeks and during each session you will analyse, explore and develop ideas for a collage using imagery derived from research, memory and your imagination.

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

No drawing skills are necessary but an artistic eye would help. Anyone interested in learning more about the Surrealist movement and its influence on contemporary collage. Anyone who collects and hoards interesting images, old books, magazines, papers and wants to use them to create unique and original works of art!

What does this course cover

We will look at how to create backgrounds, how to put together a successful composition referencing well known artists such as Dali & Magritte and contemporary artists including Franz Falkenhaus and Amy Ross. Each week you will be expected to produce at least 1 collage or possibly a small series/group of collages.

Materials used might include magazine images, old and new photographs, images taken from the internet, old books, a variety of papers including newspaper, coloured and textured papers.

No drawing skills are necessary but if you are imaginative and like story-telling through art and enjoy cutting, gluing, rearranging to create new and unusual narratives then this course is for you! You will need to do some research, gathering together images.

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

Have some knowledge of Surrealism and Surrealist collage.

Create collages using a variety of papers, your imagination, memory and research.

Understand elements needed for foreground and background and focal points, be able to tell a story via collage.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Visual handouts with some written information.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion and teaching.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing outcomes visually and being able to analyse what was successful or could be developed further.
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

Materials list
Scissors, glue, cutting knife (and mat- not essential), various papers including old magazines, books to cut images from and some coloured papers. A home computer/phone and printer is useful to print out images that could be used for collage. A set of paints, e.g.watercolours or a few inks to create 'washes' as backgrounds would be desirable but not essential.

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

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
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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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’