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Introduction to Abstract Collage

Lesson 1 from: Experiment with Abstract Collage Art

Amy Wynne

Introduction to Abstract Collage

Lesson 1 from: Experiment with Abstract Collage Art

Amy Wynne

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1. Introduction to Abstract Collage

If you’ve never incorporated abstract collage into your daily art game you’re missing out! Let Amy, one of our premier collage artists, explain why.

Lesson Info

Introduction to Abstract Collage

I'm Amy Lynn and I'm really happy to have you here in my historic mill studio in Rhode island today, we're going to explore collage collage as a catalyst for abstraction. I love making collages. I feel like working with collage is a way to experiment place things side by side that you might not might not normally placed side by side and really work with color variations. Work with your imagination. Artists have done this for quite a long time. Modern artists, contemporary artists, artists like Hannah huck and early surrealist artists like kurt Schwitters who worked a little bit after her in the timeline of art history. But these artists used photographs in this case, the serie realists, you used photographs and bits of paper and drawing and painting combined to create images that were more dreamlike Kerch twitter's used, remnants of everyday life tickets, stubs. We're going to be actually exploring what you might just be able to use in terms of what you find around your household for c...

ollage, we'll be talking about materials. This is actually one of my collages and we'll talk about hard edge versus soft edge torn paper versus cut paper. Working with simplification, which is a huge, huge benefit of working with collage. We'll also be looking at the beautiful possibilities of using the remnants of process so inherent to cutting paper, you cut out a shape and there'll be leftover shapes and I save everything. I save all the leftover shapes because I feel like those leftover shapes are opportunities for abstraction. We'll talk about arranging and rearranging leftover shapes and play with that in terms of color schemes. Amping color. Working with monochrome flipping value, it's all super playful and I think that you'll find as we go through the different activities and exercises, that it will really spark new possibilities and image making. In addition, we'll talk a little bit about your aesthetic, you know, like what inspires you. Some collages are done with more biomorphic or organic shapes. Will be working with a really fun exercise with this rhododendron here and other collages have harder edges, they might have more of an industrial kind of feel. And we'll be working with a fun game called cuba mania where we're going to be cutting up an image and regrouping it and reorienting it with itself. So collage gives the opportunity to orient and reorient to layer, to flip, to play with color schemes. It's a really fabulous way to edge into abstraction. And it's also if you remember when you were a kid and maybe you made collages when you were in kindergarten or second grade or whatever it was and you tore paper and you cut paper and you glued it down this tactile is a really connective process. I'm excited to show you the sorts of things that I work with in the studio around collage using remnants of papers, working with different color schemes and really experimenting. I hope that what I show you will spark your inspiration to try it for yourself

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Collage Materials
Collage Papers
Collage Value Map - Inverse
Cubomania

Ratings and Reviews

Susan Gold
 

Fantastic class! I am a beginner when it comes to abstract collage, and Amy demonstrates a generous number of techniques—all accessible and with clear instructions. She shows how each step can yield exciting variations, and she inspires play. Many of the techniques utilize a photo as a “muse” or “mother image," and it’s fun to discover new possibilities for my photos.

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