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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

PAD 13 - The Art of Collage

with Suzy Ferriss


Inspired by such masters as Matisse and Picasso, students will be taken through the collage process, beginning with basic painting and drawing techniques, followed by composition and assemblage. Methods include photomontage, cut paper collage, assemblage, and fabric collage. 

Supply List:

  • Pad drawing paper (suitable for both dry and wet media) approx. 14" x 17"
  • Bristol Board Pad, medium finish recommended, approx. 18"x 24" 
  • Assorted drawing pencils (4B, 2B, HB, 2H are recommended)
  • Assorted erasers (kneaded, art gum, and Pink Pearl are recommended)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Acrylic paints (or some other kind of quick drying paint such as watercolor or gouache). You'll need white, black, plus an assortment of colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and violet recommended)
  • Brushes suitable for your paint, both rounds and flats, assorted sizes from small detail to 1" recommended
  • Various sized plastic containers for water and paint
  • Disposable palette pad, plastic palette, or paper plates for mixing paints
  • Cotton rag or paper towels
  • Several sheets thin cardboard (file folders work well)
  • Ruler (cork backed recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Tape such as Scotch Magic tape, painter's tape, and/or masking tape
  • Glue (glue stick and white glue such as Elmer's)
  • Magazine(s) with interesting imagery
  • Clean white scratch paper such as computer paper
  • Items for collage such as photographs, postcards, maps, sheet music, light weight textures, fabrics, ribbons, advertisements, stationary, decorative papers, paper scraps, cardboard, old drawing or painting projects, wood scraps, etc. etc. Basically anything that can be cut up and adhered with glue.

The following are optional but useful:

  • Xacto knife with blades
  • Hot glue gun
  • One sheet nicer paper, approximately 18" x 24" or larger (Make sure heavy enough to support collaged materials.)
  • Other possible media: Charcoal (1 stick of vine or compressed, or 1 charcoal pencil), Conte crayon (white, brown, black recommended), Black India ink (for drawing, not mechanical pens. If using India ink, you will also need pen staff and assorted pen points. Can be purchased in kit. Make sure for drawing, not lettering) and brush suitable for ink, dry colored medium such as pastels, colored pencil, oil pastels, colored markers, 1 black fine point sharpie marker,
  • Tracing paper
  • Graphite paper
  • Assorted brushes such as house painting brushes, toothbrushes, inexpensive house painting brush, etc.
  • Any additional media or materials which you would like to work with and/or incorporate into your work.

You can order all supplies and have them ready for you at your class on the first day by ordering from Binders! Art of Collage supplies available here:

About the Instructor:  Suzy Ferriss is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in the fields of drawing and painting, puppetry theater, filmmaking, photography, and writing. She currently teaches a variety of art classes that include drawing, acrylic painting, abstract painting, watercolor, color theory, and collage. Ms. Ferriss has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards towards her work and has participated in both group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and in Europe.

  • Sep 4 - Nov 13th, 2019
    Wed for 11 weeks from 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Carriage House, Ground Floor

980 Briarcliff Road Northeast
ATLANTA, GA 30306 Get directions

Room: Painting/Drawing Studio 1

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