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Collage Techniques

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“Chloe” 2013 DS found paper collage 8 1/2″ x 11″

 

BASIC COLLAGE TECHNIQUES:

 

We follow Schwitters’ tradition of using found paper collage for personal expression.  This activity is about mark-making and seeing what the art media will produce under our hands.  It is about creativity, a celebration of life and an expression of what it means to be human.  No marks are a mistake and can be incorporated into the overall image. Papers can be flattened and stapled, torn or cut out and glue stick rubbed on the back.

 

To make your work interesting consider the following design ideas:

– overall design can be formal as paintings or adding papers in a certain shape for example, a cross, a circle, a triangle or square or informal making an overall design or anything you can think of

-line variation e.g thick or thin, straight or wavy

– repetition brings unity – if you make a circle, repeat it somewhere else in the image

– size – the scale of objects can be changed

– different textures e.g. shiny, rough, patterned, plain, stiff

– introduce a colour theme or use all of them

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Collage Art History Precedent

Contemplation and Collage on a cold winter's night

Contemplation and Collage on a cold winter’s night

ART HISTORY PRECEDENT: Kurt Schwitters – In the 1920’s a German Dada artist appeared of the scene with exciting personal expressions of collage made out of ordinary papers some even found on the street. He used household papers, bus tickets, string, letters – whatever he picked up. He was the one who made collage truly a fine art and has strongly influenced many contemporary art developments. A story is told of his passing of time creating collage in a Scottish prisoner of war camp during World War II. Thousands and thousands of dollars worth of collages went unrecognized and were thrown out by the prison guards and lost to the art world – DS.