Advanced Colour and Collage: Artist's Studio WEA Sydney

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Continue with the highly creative realm of collage, and the art of visual composition. Use elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures and explore the varied possibilities of collage. Examine a wide range of approaches and styles to this art form, stimulating your imagination to continue discovering creative possibilities. This is a creative and engaging course with hands-on activities that will further develop an open-minded and liberating approach to colour and collage in art and design.

A history of Collage is further investigated in this course by visiting major global museum collections virtually and referencing artworks of significance. The origins of collage and the artists and philosophies that engage with it are further examined and explored throughout the classes. Classes may begin with presented ideas, continue with art making by hand as a studio practice, and conclude with critique, reflection and discussion - as required.


  • Face-to-Face


This is an advanced course for students who have completed at least a year of the Colour and Collage for Beginners class. This course is also suitable for those who have prior knowledge and experience who would like to work on their own projects.

  • Works and ideas by a diverse range of artists and designers are explored including Robert Rauschenberg, Martha Rossler, Rosalie Gascoigne, Madonna Staunton, Karla Dickens, and Lubaina Himid.
  • Schools of thought are also presented – the art of Assemblage is investigated as well as present day environmental art movements engaged in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos.
  • Methods, materials and process are further explored: hands-on exercises involving imagination, storytelling and experimental process are engaged with in a Studio environment. Material investigations are extended to include 3 dimensional assemblage and small scale installation.
  • 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 further 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 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.
  6. Develop a comfortable Studio Practice as a Collage artist or design practioner.


  • 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 following stockists below are examples of places you can buy art materials from:

  • Art on King: 199-201 King Street, Newtown. Ph: 9516 2342
  • Eckersley's Art and Craft Store: 93 York Street, Sydney. Ph: 9299 4151. Also located in various locations throughout Greater Sydney.
  • Parkers Art Supplies: 3 Cambridge Street, The Rocks. Ph: 9247 9979
  • The Art Scene: 914 Victoria Road, West Ryde. Ph: 9807 6900
  • The Sydney Art Store: 11 Salisbury Street, Botany. Ph: 9699 2162

You can also purchase materials from places such as Dymocks, Officeworks, Spotlight, Lincraft or online art suppliers such as Art Shed Online.

Brendan Smith

MFA, Dip Arts
Brendan Vivian Smith (MFA, Dip Arts) is an exhibiting artist showing nationally & internationally since 1986. His work is held in significant national public and private collections. He has taught...

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