Colour and Collage Studio for Beginners

Collage has laid the groundwork for our cut and paste digital present day and remains popular as an active engagement visual medium across all age groups and cultures. This is a creative and engaging course with hands-on activities that will develop an open-minded and liberating approach to colour and collage in art and design. A history of Collage is investigated in this course by visiting major global museum collections virtually and referencing artworks of significance. The classes begin with presented art ideas, continue with art making by hand, and conclude with critique, reflection and discussion.  


  • Face-to-Face


  • Works and ideas by a diverse range of artists and designers are explored including Pablo Picasso, Hannah Hoch, Joseph and Anni Albers, Romare Bearden, Rosalie Gascoigne and Madonna Staunton.
  • Schools and schools of thought are also presented – from Constructivism to the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College to present day environmental art movements engaged in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos.
  • Methods, materials and process are explored: hands-on exercises involving imagination, storytelling and experimental process are engaged with in a Studio environment.
  • Art & Design Elements and Principles are explored in the art of composition. Colour theory - ideas about the spectrum and the colour wheel (including colour relationships, colour contrasts and colour palettes) - are investigated and engaged with.
  • The idea of aesthetics and the nature of beauty, art, and taste as well as our sensory and emotional responses are explored. Ideas of chance, ideas of representation and abstraction & our intuitive responses to art and colour are also investigated.


By the end of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Identify and become familiar with the elements of art and design and the principles & ideas involved in composition.
  2. Engage comfortably with hands on art and design collage activities that highlight creativity and storytelling.
  3. Learn about colour and design theories, including those of Josef & Anni Albers, and engage in collage experiments using colour harmonies and contrasts.
  4. Discover a range of collage artists and movements across the history of art.
  5. Learn to play with materials within a structure and to comfortably apply chance and intuition to the creative process.


  • 2B pencil, black pen
  • a small notepad
  • Hard white eraser eg. Staedler
  • Scissors
  • UHU glue stick or clag
  • Arches Watercolour Smooth A4 (210 x 297mm) – 15 sheet pad 185gms
  • A collection of papers that interest you eg: coloured magazine papers, transport tickets, labels, old scrap books or second hand books you are prepared to cut up, architects tracing paper, photocopied papers or any printed material etc. (This can start as a very small collection & will be added to and edited over the course, for the first week similar materials will be supplied)
  • Any textured papers or materials screen, paper doilies, sanding papers, shiny paper

Optional Materials

  • Scalpel knife or Snap off Knife & metal ruler
  • Plastic cutting board

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

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