Experimental collage is a paper-based course in which you will explore collage as a medium in itself and discover how it can be used as a creative tool and inspiration for drawing, painting or mixed media work. It is based around cutting out and some very light (but optional) stitching.
In the first session you will examine your understanding and preconceptions of collage and then, in a three-step process: construct your own collage pattern book; generate a series of experimental collages; and produce a sequence of finished drawings/paintings/collages. You will need to bring a notebook/pen, scissors and collage material to this first evening session.
In crafting your own personal collage pattern book you will be building a vital resource with examples of monochrome, colour, texture, shape and object. Through this process you will begin to develop themes that appeal to you and capture your attention. These themes will be investigated and enhanced further in step two, as you create a succession of experimental collages. In the final step, elements of these newly-created collages will be re-examined, using viewfinders, and used as a basis for making a series of small drawings/paintings/collages. You will also discover how the medium of collage, in general, can be a useful tool for the inspiration of larger long-term works.
You will be working individually with one-to-one help and advice from the tutor followed by an informal group discussion, at the end of each exercise.
You will explore a variety of techniques including cutting, sewing, sticking and mark-making, and will work with a mix of materials such as different types of paper, old books, photographs, magazines, newsprint, wallpaper, glue, ink, gouache/watercolour, coloured ink and pencils etc.
At the end of the course you will have a good understanding of the nature of collage, and how it can be used with corresponding materials. You will have created your own collage pattern book as a resource book of collage examples and materials, and together with this, will take home a sequence of finished collages, drawings and paintings.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Annabel Tilley, graduate of the University of Brighton and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has a drawing-based and sketchbook practice and has exhibited widely and undertaken several residencies. She is a lecturer, co-author of What they didn't teach you in art school (Octopus Books, 2016) and co-Founder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015).