Collage to Distraction with Pete Monaghan
Saturday 13th June, 10am to 4pm

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In this course we will look at ways of moving away from a direct representational painting towards an abstracted image, without ever actually arriving in pure abstraction. We will learn ways of collaging to distract and detract from the obvious; helping us to create paintings with more depth and sophistication.

Working in acrylic on board or canvas we’ll use corrugated cardboard, takeaway coffee cups, newsprint, bubble wrap and a plethora of other everyday materials that will initiate fresh ideas taking our work off on unsuspected tangents.

List of Materials

Plywood Panels (MDF or Plywood 4mm) or canvas prepared with Gesso.
No smaller than 40 x 40cm please. Quantity: at least 2, preferably 4 or 5.

Acrylic paints

Acrylic gel or modelling paste (for sticking collage).

Brushes, I prefer flat brushes with nylon bristles (2cm up to 10cm wide)

Crayon -water mixable (CaranD’ache Neocolor II, or similar) or charcoal for drawing

Palette knife and/or plastic shapers

Craft knife and scissors


Items to collage: Old maps, newspapers, cardboard, takeaway cardboard coffee cups.