Collage - reconnecting with creative play
There are currently no workshops scheduled for 2016

Literally coming from the French word coller, "to glue”, collage is the assemblage of different forms to create a new whole. This workshop will be divided into two distinctly different sessions. In the morning, students will create their our own collage materials by using a combination of paper, fabric-based materials, drawing and painting. The components made will result from a playful reaction to the materials, and emphasis will be given to creating as many pieces as possible in a short space of time. This speedy process will free students creatively. No time for fear or self-doubt! We will experiment with various approaches to collage, using these components as our foundation. The messier the table, the better!
After lunch, the material generated will be used to create a suite of four small works that are connected visually and built up through layering and gluing to achieve depth and atmosphere. Visual connection can be achieved through subject matter, technique, a particular set of materials, a group of visual elements, colour or a compositional format. Many artists use visual connection when creating a cohesive body of work to exhibit. In this workshop students will be asked to incorporate a theme (to be announced in the afternoon!) and the technique of collage as the basis for visual connection and with Sue’s guidance, experiment with other ways to connect
their four pieces.

What To Bring

1 x glue stick

Black, water-based drawing ink. No need to buy an expensive brand and a small bottle will do.

1 x round, pointed synthetic brush, size 2.

1 x flat, cheap, wedge-shaped brush.
Synthetic bristles are best, but a hog hair-brush is also fine and a cheaper alternative.
Size -1” or 2” wide.

1 x sheet Bristol board- 500 x 650mm, 250GSM.
Can be bought at Eckersleys and Port Art Supplies. Bainbridge board is a good alternative, but costs more.
Premier Art Supplies stock Bainbridge board. (See below for Stockist details).

Assorted acrylic, watercolour or gouache paints, that you might already have at home.
Acrylic Gel Medium.
This will be used as a glue for the heavier materials such as card and fabric.
Eckersleys stock Matisse Derivan Gel Medium. This is what Sue uses, but a cheaper brand should do the job.
If you are unsure, ask the shop assistant, telling them what you will be using it for.

A bag of collected materials.
These could include, wrapping paper, magazine pages, newspaper, old photos,
fabric scraps, ribbon, paper bags etc. Anything will do providing it isn't too heavy or thick to stick down.
When making your choices, aim to include material that varies in colour and texture, and maybe incorporates
typographic elements and patterning. ( Some additional materials will be supplied in workshop)

Sue Ninham has been teaching at UniSA for over 12 years and currently runs workshops at the State Gallery of SA for Year 12 students. Ninham has also taught at Sydney College of the Arts and Randwick TAFE. She has been a finalist in numerous National art awards and was the winner of the 2012 Fringe Poster award. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas.
Drawing on experience gained as an illustrator and visual artist over a 30 year career, her studio workshops focus on teaching skills and techniques, using a variety of mediums. The one-day workshops cater for practicing visual artists who want to learn something new,  tertiary art and design students and those who have little or no art experience but a load of willingness and curiosity. Small class sizes ensure a positive hands-on approach and specialized attention for each student. The sessions are relaxed and informal, with an emphasis on creative discovery.
Sue aims to send each student home with their finished work of art and a set of skills they can build on.

Materials Suppliers
Eckersleys Art and Craft
27 Frome Street,
Adelaide SA 5000. Ph: 08 8223 4155

Duthy St Art Supplies
6 Duthy Street,
Unley SA 5061. Ph: 08 8373 3314

Premier Art Supplies
75 King William Street,
Kent Town, SA 5067. Ph: 08 8362 7674

Port Art Supplies
83 Commercial Road,
Port Adelaide, SA 5015. Ph: 8241 0059


Brick and Mortar Creative Retail Hub has a cafe downstairs from the workshop area serving coffee, tea and something to eat.
The building is located in the heart of Norwood's shopping precinct if students need to duck out at lunchtime.

To enrol in this workshop, please fill in the form below and submit. An email reply will be sent to you with a link to PayPal. To secure your place, full payment must be received via PayPal prior to session date.
(All workshops require minimum numbers to proceed. Please book as early as possible to ensure Sue can confirm workshop numbers.)
Please note - There will be a limit of 8 students per workshop.


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