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Collage to Canvas

Collage to Canvas

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Jake Clark


Join us on Collage to Canvas and you’ll learn how painting support or canvas can accommodate much more than just paint alone. Join us for a hands-on exploration and learn to effectively use mixed media in your practice.

We’ll show you how to use a range of techniques including collage on canvas, combining text, texture, paint and found objects onto canvas and board, with the intent of creating exciting mixed media works.

With guidance from a professional artist, you will undertake a series of exercises examining a range of canvas collage methods, as well as undertaking your own self-initiated project. You will also take a look at the history of mixed media painting and the artists who use it – including, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters and Chelsea College of Arts Alumni such as Chris Ofili and John Latham.

Topics covered

  • History of mixed media painting
  • Collage
  • Text
  • Textures
  • Paint
  • Found Objects
  • Projects
Course outcomes
By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in using mixed media and you will have learned a number of collage on canvas techniques for doing so. You will also have an understanding of how mixed media painting has evolved through the 20th century and how to incorporate it into your work.

Who should attend
Anyone who is excited by the idea of taking a painting beyond the surface of a canvas. You may have some experience of painting or be a complete beginner.

All levels welcome

Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Jake Clark has been a practicing artist for over 30 years, exhibiting regularly during this time. His studio practice is concerned with the crossovers between photography, painting and 3D. Jake works with oil paint on paper and canvas, sometimes incorporating collage.

Jake teaches on The Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Diploma in Art and Design within the specialist areas of illustration and painting. He has previously taught on the Fine Art BA at Loughborough University.

Take a look at Jake's website


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A selection of magazines/ found images

  • Scissors and a Craft knife

  • PVA glue

  • 2 part epoxy adhesive – such as ‘araldite’

  • Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, erasers etc...)

  • Current or new sketch book

  • Painting equipment, brushes, palette knife, rollers, sponges, combs etc.

  • At least 3 painting supports such as canvas, mdf board, or birch ply panel.

  • A smart phone or iPad to source images (if you have one)

  • A memory stick

A selection of materials will also be provided. 

Please note - Students should make arrangements to take their work home at the end of the course. Any work that is left in the studio, during or after the course, is at a student’s own risk. In such circumstances students should ensure that work is clearly labelled with their name, course title and dates. Work will be kept for no longer than one month after the end of the course. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates