Collage and Mixed Media

Welcome to the wonderful world of collage, a flexible, adaptive way to work that can refresh your way of seeing and using materials. We will work with ‘common’ materials such as magazines, old papers, old artwork (if available) and non-toxic, water-based supplies. We will discuss color and composition as we move from week to week on our projects, combining papers and mixed media to create our pieces. Each class will include both demos and examples, as well as time for feedback from the instructor and fellow students.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Become familiar with new materials and explore ways of combining them through experimentation

  • Develop a small series of artworks based on a theme

  • Explore working from your imagination, not relying on observation

  • Learn from classmates by observing their work and through group conversations

  • Experience art-making with simple materials and without any any art background required

Required supplies:

  • Elmer’s glue

  • Two water containers

  • Two old brushes

  • Sponges

  • Scissors

  • Paper towels

  • Watercolors or gouache, or any water–based paint, pastels and /or crayons, colored pencils

  • Small tubes or jars of tempera paint, available from Michael’s, and probably Blick or Artist/Craftsman. They come in a set of 6.

  • Papers: magazines, newspaper, brown wrapping paper, gift wrap, and interesting stuff from your recycling bin, i.e. the inside of old business envelopes, newsprint, old art, plain sketchbook paper or computer paper

  • Backings: suggested sizes of 9″ x 12″, 8″ x 10″, and 6″ x 6″, the smallest. Mat board, cardboard, old canvas or canvas board, old art, heavy paper, such as Bristol board or watercolor paper all work well.