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About Collage (ASC869 Summer)

Discover the art of collage, the process of creating powerful new art images from existing materials. This course is taught by Hazel Pitt, a leading collage artist, graphic designer and member of Birmingham Collage Collective.

What will you learn on this course?

Collage is rooted in Art history, from the Cubist papier colles of Picasso and Braque, to the powerful and political work of Dada artist Hannah Hoch and Pop Artist Richard Hamilton.

Collage can be an immediate art form but the success of the finished piece relies upon the artists choice of imagery, and the positioning. It is a sustainable art practice, re-using old images from printed photographs and magazines create new art works.

The process of producing collage by hand can be very therapeutic, providing an immediate, raw aesthetic to the finished artwork.

This course will cover:

  • The art history of collage within contemporary context
  • Using scale, proportion and geometry to maximise visual impact
  • Using colour, texture and typography in your designs
  • Use and refine craft skills in the creation of collage designs by hand

The tutor will provide a variety of magazines and image rich books, giving you the opportunity to create a range of alternative visual outcomes. Different design formats will also be touched upon during the course.

The class includes group tuition, handouts, and one-to-one support from the tutor. Guidance will be tailored to your level of experience to help you achieve your own personal aims. The tutor will encourage an atmosphere of communication and co-operation through interactions with others in the class.

There will be time to view, reflect and constructively critique your own work and that of the other students in the class, all in a friendly and relaxed environment. The overall aim of the course is to help learners develop their own original style of producing art via the medium of collage. On completion of this course, you can expect to have produced two or more finished art works.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels, no prior art experience is needed as full instruction will be given.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and equipment is provided, however, you are encouraged to bring along old magazines and unwanted books with pictures and illustrations.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs

Who teaches this course?

Hazel Pitt

During the summer term, April 2025, this course may be affected by building work taking place at MAC. Participants will be notified in advance of any updates.

Dates and times

  • June 2025