Release you inner creativity and develop your own personalised artwork

Collage is a forgiving, quick and effective form of art-making that allows you to create your own images from a variety of sources. Chine collé is a very old form of collage using paper materials, which came to prominence again in Modern art via artists such as Matisse and his celebrated use of paper cut-outs. In the relaxed summer setting of the Elam print studios, you will learn to assemble unique collaged artworks in your preferred genre and to a theme of your own choosing. The tutor will guide the class through a range of techniques, and provide individual assistance through a one-to-one teaching approach.

Course outline

Session One: Introduction to the concept of collage and the basic techniques of Chine collé. How to assemble materials, select adhesives and paper types, and make use of found images. How to use the printing-press. Safe and effective workshop practice.

Session Two: From designing your collage to producing a unique artwork.

Session Three: Preparing your collage artwork for display. The session will include a one hour display event from 3.00 – 4.00pm. Light refreshments will be available. Family and friends are welcome.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of collage and master the basic skills of Chine collé (collage made using paper materials)
  • Use a specialist archival glue to create your own adhesive papers as a basic support for your collage
  • Use an etching press to flatten and bond your papers into a completed artwork
  • Creatively explore your own artistic ideas independently or with one-to-one tutorial assistance
  • Display your finished artwork in an appropriate format

Who should attend?

This course is open to all levels. The skills taught on this course are simply but extremely effective. Once acquired, and mastered through practical experiment, they will enable you to develop your own approach to the design and production of unique artworks. If you are also interested in seeing your artwork displayed as part of the creative learning process, then this is the course for you.

What to bring…

Bring along papers to use in your collages such as: Magazines, catalogues, photographs, lazer prints, photocopies, fabric prints, actual fabric, newspapers, yellow pages, coloured papers, rice papers, decorative papers, card (not too thick), or drawings and paintings you would like to use for collage, so long as they are on paper!

About the Presenter

Dr. Nuala Gregory is Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries. Nuala was one of first graduates with a PhD in Creative Practice from UoA. Her specialist areas are in painting and printmaking, and this workshop will cover techniques developed in her own research and professional arts practice. For the past 25 years, Nuala has exhibited her artwork all over the world including countries as diverse as China, Japan, Mexico, USA, Ireland and New Zealand. She has taught at all levels and holds a University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award.