Collage: Materials and Process

September 21, 2023 - December 14, 2023



Collage is considered the most important art form of the 20th century as it changed the way artists saw the world and how they composed work, whether in collage itself, or in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. This course will cover some of the major historical and contemporary trends in collage making, starting from its early days with Picasso and Braque to Surrealism, to today’s use of digital applications. Students will learn a variety of ways to create exciting and richly coloured and textured surfaces. Other topics will include: uses of colour; surface treatments using both dry and wet media; creating hand decorated collage papers; acrylic transfer skins; working with photographs; applying stencils and masks; working with found objects and ephemera and Image transfer techniques. The class will involve presentations of historical and contemporary collage artists to accompany the various class projects. Suitable for all levels.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

Art Supply Store

• 8 plain 11x14 hardboard panels (available at Island Blue or Opus)

• Acrylic matte medium (any brand)

• Matte Gel medium (Golden or Triart)

• Small Bottle Liquitex Clear Gesso (don’t buy another brand)

• White acrylic Gesso (any brand)

• Set of acrylic paints (any brand)

• Acrylic brushes (2 or 3 ones of different sizes)

• Mixed Media sketchbook (9x12” or 11x14”)

• Palette paper pad

• Black sharpie

• 4B pencil

• X-acto knife


Hardware Store

• Sanding block (medium)

• House painting brushes, 1” and 2”

• Foam brushes, 2”, 3 “ and 4”

• Rolls of blue shop towels (recommended)


Other items

• Coloured and decorative papers, old magazines, brown wrapping paper

• Notebook and pen for class notes

• Old used credit card

September 21, 2023 - December 14, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7