F302i SESSION 01

Friday, 17 April 2020


__ start/continue a sketchbook
__ collect materials
__ play with some initial ideas of collage — go with your instinct,
__ create three collages, each one in similar hues

as a brief reminder:

Hue is what we usually mean when we ask “what color is that?” So when we talk about red, orange, yellow, green, blue or violet, we are talking about hue. One hue can have many colors depending on value and intensity.

Value is a measure of the amount of light reflected from a hue often described as “lightness” and “darkness”. Those hues with a high content of white have a higher luminance or value.

Intensity / Saturation is the degree of purity of a hue, or the brightness or dullness of a hue, also described as “pale or weak” and “pure or strong”. One may lower the intensity of a hue by adding white or black.

Tints, Tones and Shades: When discussing tint, tone or shade, the important thing to remember is how the colour varies from its original hue. If white is added to a colour, the lighter version is called a “tint”. If the colour is made darker by adding black, the result is called a “shade”. And if gray is added, each gradation gives you a different “tone.”

it is a great idea to keep a sketchbook by your side when working in the studio, especially when you are focusing on a project or trying something new. the sketchbook is a place to unravel. it is a place to lets words and marks and doodles flow from mind through hand — from page to page. i’ve always considered the sketchbook a great place for stream of consciousness, or what the Dadaists called, automatism, or automatic writing. let your daydreams fall onto the page. plop your thoughts down regardless of continuity or comprehension. let things happen that your more pragmatic self might not allow. play, sigh, repeat.

the sketchbook can take any shape, can be any purchased sketchbook, hand-bound book, shape, quality, medium, etc. this is a space for you… though you may be asked to share from time to time. designate something that is easy to reach for. something that is always at the ready.

we will start off by collecting materials and setting up our workspace. a studio is any space that we dedicate time and energy to a specific activity — in this case our studio practice. it can be a kitchen table, a bathroom, a bedroom closet. wherever it is, as long as you create the space and make the time, it is your studio!

now, consider the materials listed on the previous page. what do you have at the ready? what do you need a bit more time to find, search for, collect? what book were you going to recycle or give away? can this be used as a substrate for the next couple of weeks? collect materials that you have around the home. be resourceful. be playful. open up your mind to ideas of what art material might be. what it could be.

think about how these materials might be categorized. how will you want to refer to them in the future? create a system in which you organize your materials that makes most sense to you. this system can evolve, or change completely, but consider the variants — color, tone, texture, finish, feel, imagery, etc. create a system and categorize for easy referral.

finally, this week, you will create a series of three collages, each based on one hue. these can be any size, the only requirement is that they are each predominately one color — variations of color are absolutely acceptable here, if not required. the goal of the project is to play with cutting, tearing, gluing, layering — composition will come into play, but let these flow, let them develop organically and somewhat abstractly — again, channel your inner Dadaist and play with automatism. try to develop the image without any source material and just let the image happen improvisationally. feel the materials on your finger tip. let them fall and scatter and scamper and sit on the page. or, maybe you need to imagine something — fabricate something from memory? if so, imagine it upside-down. inside out. really far away. alternatively, if you need a source to work from, go with that. grab a fabric pattern, or a color-block photo — anything to get you experimenting with cutting, tearing, etc.

play without gluing first. arrange and rearrange and arrange again. take photos of your process if you’d like. they will be nice to go back to for reference.

think about combining elements: big/small, clear/blurry, variety in texture. layer and repeat, playing with perspective. the sky is the limit, though you will likely feel limited working with one hue. keep experimenting. find the sky.

once you are happy with your composition, finish the pieces by adhering them down to the substrate.

post your three images in the classroom and tell us a bit about your journey. also, feel free to post a few in-process images if it makes sense to. all work must be submitted by monday @ 12noon (nyc time) and all students must check back and comment on at least one other student’s work by 2p (nyc time).



  • charlie levine: I was so nervous about listening to the feedback that it's taken...
  • jodi hays: Thanks John! Loved hearing your views on the work and the archiving...
  • j o h n r o s: here is my session audio: https://www.studioell.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/workshop-in-collage-001.m4a also here are some images from...
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j o h n r o s
17 April 2020 6:39am

welcome to workshop in collage and the start of our spring short course session!
i look forward to working with you all during the next two weeks.
there are 3 artists enrolled — welcome Emma, Jodi and Charlie.

charlie levine
17 April 2020 7:39am

Morning all, I have set up my studio and am ready for action. Looking forward to collaging hues this weekend.

jodi hays
jodi hays
19 April 2020 4:25pm

Hey all! Also looking forward to this. I’m “finding the sky” 🙂

jodi hays
jodi hays
19 April 2020 4:44pm

This is where I am working. My studio is in my back yard. I have stacks of paper and fabric that I am working with.

jodi hays
jodi hays
19 April 2020 5:11pm

Here are my 3 collages. I spent some time with materials around the studio, some sewn scraps and ones I had inked, playing with the primaries.

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charlie levine
20 April 2020 5:54am

Hi all, here are my three collages! Through this challenge I realised we’re not a paper household really and I had to search out some out art mags to tear up. Jealous of your paper stash @jodi and love the sewn bits too!

emma davis
20 April 2020 11:16am

Hi everyone I’m using as a starting point Bill Brandt photos of 1930s London with coloured card. I like the perspective and the simplicity of lines. Here is my desk, although I’m finding it hard to add photos accurately…

emma davis
20 April 2020 11:18am

Yes I see I keep duplicating images… here are the collages

emma davis
20 April 2020 11:24am

Jodi i am very inspired by your space. Also your combinations of textures – watercolour which looks fragile, nobbly paper, fabric and stitching is really seductive and raw at the same time. I am thinking I might steal / try out some techniques…
Charlie – your pared down choices have a wit and a lightness which is really appealing. Even more clever than clever advertising. They make me greedy for more more more.

jodi hays
jodi hays
20 April 2020 2:01pm

I love seeing the work! Charlie, I am responding to the spare selection too, well done with little paper 🙂

Emma, the color combined with the decisively cut lines is really something. Might do the same and try out some of that magic in mine next time.

j o h n r o s
20 April 2020 3:51pm

here is my session audio:


also here are some images from mallory burrell’s archiving of materials i mention.

well done first session! looking forward to more to come.
as always, let me know if you have any questions or issues.

jodi hays
jodi hays
20 April 2020 4:28pm

Thanks John! Loved hearing your views on the work and the archiving system!

charlie levine
23 April 2020 10:13am

I was so nervous about listening to the feedback that it’s taken me a few days to build up the courage. @John – how lovely to hear your voice and thank you for your thoughtful feedback and amount of looking. @Emma & @Jodie – absolutely loving your pieces, I am so inspired by both, the confidence and subtlety of touch within both of your work is wonderful.