Mixed and other media

Experimental collage with Annabel Tilley

Ref: S2D09482


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About this course

Use collage as a creative process. Experiment with technique, colour, composition and the drawn line using paper-based materials to both make work, and inform new drawings and paintings.

Course Description

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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing: paper, archival glue, needles, thread and some paper-based collage material.

What students need to bring

  • A variety of collage material such as old books you are happy to cut up and/or collage in, photographs, maps, postcards, wallpaper, textured papers like baking paper, magazines, newsprint, cardboard etc.
  • In preparation the tutor invites you to consider the idea of collage in art history and look at the work of artists using collage:
  • Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Matisse.
  • Dadaists and Surrealists like Hannah Hoch, Hans Arp, Kurt Schwitters and Man Ray.
  • Pop artists like Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Robert Rauschenberg
  • Contemporary artists: Kara Walker, David Hockney, Terry Gilliam and Eric Carle.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scissors
  • Pen, pencil, coloured pens and/or pencils
  • Ruler
  • Quick-drying paints like: watercolour, gouache, acrylic and/or coloured inks
  • Brushes
  • Gluestick (like Prit Stick) if preferred (archival pva glue will be provided)
  • Papers - textured papers, tracing paper, tissue papers


Annabel Tilley

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).


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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