Collage is the art of creating an image with cut or torn paper and other found materials. The hunt for images that appeal to you is only half the fun. Arranging them and glueing them until you are satisfied with your work is an adventure.
A little more than a century ago Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began glueing newsprint and paper cutouts into their work. Since then the art of collage has exploded, and today there are thousands of collage artists all over the world who post their creations on Instagram for us to explore and enjoy. Some of these artists are making collages for their own pleasure, and some are professionals who have work published in books and magazines and show their work in art galleries. There is an exhibit at the Marietta Museum of Art until March 22, 2020 of the work of collage artist Jim Hill. It is well worth seeing. The museum is right off Marietta Square, and the entry fee for seniors is only $5.00. The show may give students a few ideas for their own work.
During the Collage Art class we will look at the work of many collage artists to discover approaches that appeal to us. We'll talk about what kinds of materials we can use for our own work and where to find them, learn about the variety of adhesives and glue sticks on the market and their uses, and discuss ways to avoid problems with copyright issues.
I will do some quick demonstrations to get us started each week. We will be making art for art’s sake, but students will also have the choice of applying their talents to practical things like greeting cards, gift boxes, and journals. The $10.00 supply fee will cover everything necessary for the class projects, but students will be encouraged to bring in magazines or books with images they particularly like and want to use, and copies of family photos for use in personalizing some of their work if they so desire.