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Collage to Canvas Short Course

Course description

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.

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

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to complement your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face-to-face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • History of mixed media painting
  • Collage
  • Text
  • Textures
  • Paint
  • Found Objects
  • Projects


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.

Meet the Tutor:

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.

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