Continuing Design Through Collage - Intermediate

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 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.


  • Presentation of methods, materials and processes. Design Principles reviewed: compositional elements, principles and structures are explained. Colour theory is examined.
  • Advanced exercises in Unity, Harmony and Balance in composition focusing on tonal relationships and colour harmonies and contrasts. Positive /negative space regarded e.g. contrast, harmony, rhythm, repetition e.g. Braque, Kurt Schwitters and Marca Relli.
  • Further explorations with ink on a variety of papers to discover variations in line quality. Warm and cool colour scheme used. e.g. Franz Kline
  • Textures and Edges explored as well as working with Continuity and the Grid, using unity and repetition. Contrast of Saturation colour scheme used.
  • Rhythm and its sensations are investigated through repetition. Analogous colour scheme used. e.g. Robert Rauschenberg and Kurt Schwitters
  • Shape texture and colour with emphasis and focal point explored to create dominance. Contrast of Extension explored. Triadic colour scheme used. e.g. Picasso and Severini.
  • Internal Proportion with emphasis on balance within the composition is investigated.
  • Placement and Emphasis to create eye path and movement explored. Complementary colour scheme introduced. e.g. Marca Relli
  • Scale and Scale Confusion also using the grid explored in more complex terms. Complementary opposite colour scheme with intermixtures used. e.g. Max Ernst, and Raoul Hausmann.

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

  1. Identify the elements of line, shape, tone, colour and texture, and principles involved in composition.
  2. Using the principles of composition, including direction, contrast and harmony, repetition and rhythm and dominance, create structured compositions which are balanced and unified.
  3. Illustrate the colour theory of Johannes Itten, through experiments using colour harmonies and contrasts.
  4. Recognise a range of collage movements in 20th century art, as well as artists known in this field.


  • 2B pencil, black pen
  • Hard white eraser eg. Staedler
  • Scissors, Snap-off blade
  • UHU glue stick

Essential Papers:

  • Arches Watercolour Smooth A4 (210 × 297mm) – 15 sheet pad 185gms
  • 1 A4 pad matt Assorted Grey Papers A4 eg Mi Tientes or an assortment of grey sheets.

Optional Papers:

  • Any 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.
  • Any textured papers or materials screen, paper doilies, sanding papers, shiny paper

Optional Materials:

  • 1 Pkt A4 ‘ neutral colours’ card
  • Scalpel knife
  • Plastic cutting board

IMPORTANT: 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 on campus at UNSW Art & Design (formerly UNSW COFA), Ph: 02 8815 1569. Cnr Oxford St. and Greens Rd Darlinghurst.
  • Oxford Art Supplies 221-223 Oxford Streets, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9360 4066.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746.
  • 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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Course testimonials:

  • An exceptional and engaging teacher. For anyone wanting to explore their artistic self, collage is a great place to start.