Collage

Open—Spring

The word “collage” derives from the French coller, meaning "glue.” The term was coined by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century for an art form comprised of pre-existing images that the artist manipulates and recombines in new ways. In this studio course, students will explore the myriad processes and materials of collage used today: paper, paint, three-dimensional objects, digital, photographic, found materials, and others. We will also learn about the history of collage through slide lectures and presentations—from its origins in Eastern art to its recent resurgence in Western contemporary art. Visits to artist's studios in New York City and visiting artists in class will also provide a foundation and inspiration for our work. Pervading this exploration will be an ongoing discussion about the significance of appropriation: What do authorship and creativity mean to you? This course will allow students to express themselves, in extremely personal ways, through the manipulation and recombination of images. Collage: Almost always obsolete, almost always new, it’s an exciting line to walk.