Collage Inspired Painting

Collage Inspired Painting with Michele England

Collage Inspired Painting
With Michele England

Tuesday 10am-12:30pm

13 August – 17 September 2019

With scissors, we’ll snip and glue, we’ll stick and then we’ll paint it too! Learn how to make a collage and transfer it into a painting using mixed media and acrylics. Collage is a technique that has been utilised since the 19th century and was made popular as an art form by the Cubists, Dadaists and Pop Artists. This series of workshops will provide techniques for collage using abstract shapes, landscape and still life setups. Develop your understanding of colour theory, composition, acrylic paint know-how, characteristics of mark-making, line and texture. Each week historic and contemporary artists using collage will be investigated.

About Michele England

Michele England

Michele England is an artist whose work investigates issues regarding the environment on which we depend. Michele is intently interested in making works that engage your eyes, body and mind. Her artistic output is mostly paintings, textiles or small sculpture. The paintings often use a collage aesthetic to combine imagery, painting techniques, pattern and forms. Michele also enjoys combining the practices of art and craft. This pursuit produces works that utilise craft techniques with everyday objects to make interesting metamorphoses and contextual changes to these objects. Michele studied Visual Arts at ANU School of Art & Design and since graduating has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Canberra and interstate. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards across Australia.

You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.


Week 1 (13 August)
An understanding of colour concepts will be developed through practical application. Also, the basics of acrylic paint, mediums and supports will be covered. Using this information, paper-based collages will be made showing the relationship colours have to one another. Artist discussed: Henri Matisse.

Week 2 (20 August)
Discover what composition is and how it is used in a collage or painting. We will make a collage building on compositional principles. Artist discussed: Dexter Dalwood.

Week 3 (27 August)
We will continue to build on fundamentals by investigating how different implements can be used to create textural effects. A two-week project will commence, allowing consolidation of learnings based around a collage of a favourite local landscape. Artist discussed: Mickalene Thomas.

Week 4 (3 September)
Investigate using unusual materials in collage. Work continues on transferring a paper collage to a painting. Artist discussed: Kurt Schwitters.

Week 5 (10 September)
Mark-making and line quality will be investigated – dashed, thick, slow and so on. Another two-week project commences, painting a still life arrangement or personal items from a collage. Artist discussed: Pablo Picasso.

Week 6 (17 September)
The final project will be continued, along with opportunities to consolidate the many skills learnt over previous weeks under expert guidance. Artist discussed: Robert Rauschenberg.



All materials will be provided.

What to bring

Participants are welcome to bring personal items that may inspire their work.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Image in header: Confectionery by Michele England.