The Art of Collage

Coller, the French word meaning to glue, defines this technique of assembling different forms to create something new. The class explores innovative collage artists and includes a museum visit. In-class time is devoted to creating collages.

Coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century, the term collage has become an important part of modern art vocabulary and practice. The French word coller—to glue—defines this technique of art production where images are made by assembling different forms to create something new and unique. Collage materials may include newspaper, magazines, text, photographs, photocopies, handmade paper, ribbons, fabric and all manner of media that may be adhered to paper or canvas. The class draws inspiration from artists who have created innovative collage works: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Mary McCleary, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Kara Walker, Eric Carle, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden and Larry Rivers. In-class time is devoted to creating collages, and no homework is required. Class includes a museum visit to view master collage works. Artists at all levels are welcome.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1004.F17.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017

Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. Ms. Orseck holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 28, 2017

End Date: Nov. 16, 2017

Schedule: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Thursdays (with off campus field trip)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $335 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $25.)

Rice Alumni: $302

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to course start date. Please email with any questions.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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