The University of the arts

Creating a Large-Scale Paper Collage
The University of the Arts

CE 0402N 01 Creating a Large-Scale Paper Collage

CE 0402N 01

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Summer 2018

  • (Jul. 10 to Aug. 7)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $275 / Fees: $20
Unleash your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind large-scale assemblage from an array of traditional and non-traditional materials. Your instructor will guide you through a series of techniques to create large cut paper elements. You may also choose to incorporate photographs, scanned images, and exotic papers, which fuse to become a work of art suitable for display. This course merges the playfulness of expressive art with history and theory that support memorable assemblage.

Note: The meeting dates have been updated since of the publication of the summer 2018 brochure.

Course Overview

Students will have the experience of creating work using the techniques of paper cutting and collage assemblage. This ancient skill has found its way into the contemporary art world. Henry Bermudez has developed his own techniques within his large scale works. This class will help you envision new ideas. Using random composition, join us in making art beyond the frame in a playfully free environment.

 What will you do in class? 

Demonstrations, presentations in painting and cutting techniques, and studio work time

What topics will be covered?

1. You will make drawings different shapes, and then paint these drawings

2. You will use the X-acto knife to cut out these shapes

3. We will analyze your created shapes, and look for new compositional possibilities with instructor guidance

4. Once you determine your composition, you will create your final collage using archival adhesive to fix into place


You will need:

  • X-Acto knife # 1
  • acid free glue
  • one sheet of foam board, (¼" width) (you won't need this the first night)
  • a variety of paintbrush sizes for acrylic paint
  • acrylic color (yellow, blue, red, white, Black)
  • palette or butcher paper for mixing colors
  • water container
  • cutting mat
  • metal ruler (24")

The paper to begin your project will be provided by the instructor. You will be using Strathmore water color paper, cold press, 140 lb ( 300g/m2 ). You may need to purchase additional paper depending on the size of your project. Full rolls are sold at Dick Blick for $44.69, or they also have smaller sheets.