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Drawing with Scissors: Contemporary Collage

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
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  • Start Date(s): 20 January 2024
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, two days
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course is designed to expand your existing skills in drawing, painting or illustration through an introduction to the art of collage.

It will take you on a developmental journey from drawing with paper, through simple collage printmaking methods, and assemblage.

Since its emergence as an art form in the early 20th century, collage has continued to serve not only as a primary form of expression, but also as a principle means of developing new creative responses.

This course will therefore include some theory and discussions regarding the importance of collage and the work by artists such as Hannah Höch and Richard Hamilton, as well as practical collage assignments.

  • You’ll leave with increased confidence, knowledge of collage-based practices, an understanding of the importance of creative risk-taking and, finally, a greater awareness of your own individual creativity.
  • This course suits people new to collage who already possess some degree of creative experience.
  • You might be an enthusiast amateur looking for a new project, or a more experienced artist, designer or illustrator wishing to reinvigorate your practice.
  • You’ll leave with increased confidence, knowledge of collage-based practices, an understanding of the importance of creative risk-taking and, finally, a greater awareness of your own individual creativity.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

'The tutor was very knowledgeable, friendly and happy to help with all of our requests!' RS

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • complete studio-based activities
  • receive one-to-one support
  • undertake homework projects and research
  • learn how to best present your work.

Topics will include:

What can be achieved with collage and why use existing materials to create new work?

How to work with found imagery, blank imagery and existing work.

Working BIG and working small! A variety of different collage skills, materials and activities to ignite new work!

How you’re taught

This practical, hands on course is taught in person at NTU's city campus.

Tutor Profile: 

Craig Proud runs a creative workshop, design and print studio, Dizzy Ink.

Being a lover of education and grassroots activism, Craig has focused his personal research into Notts Zine Library, a free open and accessible resource currently based in Nottingham Contemporary.

With an extensive portfolio, Craig has been involved in many projects with a cause and continues to do so.

His artwork has been exhibited at Nottingham Castle, alongside V&A's collection of activist media for the exhibition: A World to Win, 2015.

As well as putting on workshops for D&AD New Blood and various festivals; another highlight was being commissioned to produce a special exhibition around the UK's referendum.

Through his print studio Dizzy Ink, he led QUADs major exhibition, titled, Three Months On, 2016.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • any drawing equipment that you already have and like working with
  • you’ll be asked to do some research and forage for source material between classes.

If you would like to do some pre-course research, you can look at:

  • Henri Matisse's Paper Cuts Video - Painting with Scissors
  • Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage by Patrick Elliot, Freya Gowrley, Yuval Etgar
  • Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators by G Brommer
  • Project Collage: 50 Projects to Spark Your Creativity by Bev Speight

Campus and facilities

You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright drawing and painting studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Entry requirements

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some drawing or collage experience are welcome.

You must be over the age of 18 to attend this course.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is

Two day course £195.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply