Art Workshop: Collage

In this workshop, I created collage’s from old magazines and new magazines. I wanted to make fashion based collages, making them colourful and black and white.

This was the first collage I created using new magazines. I wanted to use bright colours and focus on things such as a unicorn, the doll face with the huge false eyelashes and the toy car. To me, I feel as though these objects are playful and childlike. The breasts and the outfit in the centre looks grown up and adult like. They don’t match up with the images in the collage.

Here is another collage I created using Vogue magazine’s from the 1970’s and 1990 newspaper articles.


The collage is made up of black and white images and backgrounds. I found images of the women in an old Vogue magazine I was looking through.



Collage and ink


Kurt Schwitters

I looked at the artist Kurt Schwitters for inspiration while making these collage’s. Schwitters began making collage’s in 1918, he made his collages out of trash he found or no longer wanted such as bus tickets, wallpaper, playing cards and pretty much everyday items that he found.

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Picture of Spatial Growths- Picture with Two Small Dogs, 1920-39

‘Picture of Spatial Growths- Picture with Two Small Dogs (1920-39)’ is a mixture of mediums, oil  paints, wood, paper, cardboard and china on board. Schwitters started making this using discarded rubbish and printed ephemera in Germany in 1920. Seventeen years later, Schwitters brought the painting with him to Norway when he escaped Nazi Germany. In Norway, Schwitters added discarded rubbish such as theatre tickets, newspaper cutting, receipts and a box with two China dogs which he found/ used there.

I really like how Schwitters took the collage with him to Norway, 17 years later to carry on working with it. The layers of collage shows the artist’s life at two very different times.



Author: emiliasfineartblog

BA (Hons) Fine Art Student studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University

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