I teach a class on abstract art at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN. One of the lessons we do is to create a collage from existing paintings on paper that we have earlier created during the session.
Some students choose to use glue to attach the collage pieces, but I encourage them to use the “zerbe method”, and use a stapler. I picked up that technique (using staples) from seeing a show of Elizabeth Murray’s work in NYC. Quick and easy, and changes can also be made easily.
This student uses glue instead of staples. Most of this image is painted. Only the jet plane image is collaged into the piece. And as you will notice, his painting technique is very precise. This is his preferred approach to all of this work.
I love doing collages myself. The process is loose and free, and changes are so easily made!
Some students use materials that can be sculptural, or borrowed from another maker – such as photographs from magazines.
Below are more collages created by my students. Please enjoy browsing through them!