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Colour, Composition and Collage | Beginner | Deborah Marks

Beginners will discover the highly creative realm of collage, while learning the art of visual composition. We will use the elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures and explore the varied possibilities of collage. We will investigate a wide range of approaches and styles to this art form, stimulating your imagination to discover creative possibilities.

In this practical course you will be guided through structured weekly exercises which involve exploring colour schemes as well as the elements, structures and principles of composition. Using the weekly brief as a planned structure, students are then encouraged to use their intuition and emotion to guide their decision making. The medium of collage allows for the combination of knowledge as well as intuition, chance and accident in the creative process to produce highly original and unique artworks.

Techniques of collage will be explored and demonstrated. Individual guidance as well as group critiques will be given in order to facilitate the deeper understanding of this medium and its creative possibilities.

Students will:

  • become familiar with the elements of line, shape, tone, colour and texture and principles involved in composition.
  • use the principles of composition, including direction, contrast and harmony, repetition and rhythm and dominance, be able to create structured compositions which are balanced and unified.
  • learn the colour theory of Johannes Itten, through experiments using colour harmonies and contrasts.
  • discover a range of collage movements in 20th century art, as well as artists known in this field.
  • learn to manipulate materials within a structure, as well as using their intuition. Ie. Learn to use the whole brain ie. right and left hand sides of the brain.

Is this course right for me?

This is suitable for beginners, or artists wanting to explore collage.

Materials you will need to bring for this course

Essential Papers:
• Arches Watercolour Smooth A4 (210 × 297mm) – 15 sheet pad, 185gms
• 1 A4 pad matt Assorted Grey Papers A4 eg Mi Tientes or an assortment of
• grey sheets.

Optional Papers:
• Any papers that interest you eg: coloured magazine papers, transport tickets, labels, old scrap books or second hand books you are prepared to cut up, architects tracing paper, photocopied papers or any printed material etc.
• Any textured papers or materials screen, paper doilies, sanding papers, shiny paper

• 2B pencil, black pen

• Hard white eraser eg. Staedler
• Scissors
• UHU glue stick
• Masking tape

• 1 Pkt A4 size ‘neutral’ coloured card
• Scalpel knife
• Plastic cutting board

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

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$450 Limited inc GST
Colour, Composition and Collage | Beginner | Deborah Marks

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Course testimonials:

  • This course was very helpful. Deborah is a very organised, supportive and inspiring teacher.