Photographic Collage: a painterly approach – P0101-18

Date: Jun 04 - 08, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Kate Leonard

Tuition: $1,200
Studio Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $45


Join us for an engaging exploration of the artistic synthesis between two distinct art forms: photography and painting. Discover transfer techniques that integrate photographic images and text directly onto painted surfaces, resulting in intriguingly complex works. Using traditional collage and photomontage, master new methods that allow for opaque and translucent layers. Reductive methods such as sanding and scraping reveal the history of earlier photographic layers and suggest an archaeological approach to image development. The workshop emphasizes experimentation and exploratory approaches. Participants produce a portfolio of physical examples of all techniques that act as a tangible reference, or technical toolbox, for future application.


Students learn photographic and digital techniques to produce custom translucent collage layers. These layers are then incorporated into traditional acrylic paintings on gessoed panels and watercolor board. Utilize traditional collage with photographic material (text and image). Explore digital manipulation of imagery including direct printing onto Japanese papers and custom built acrylic skins. Reductive approaches in sanding and scraping reveal richly layered surfaces.


We start each morning with a technical demonstration illustrated with visual examples from contemporary art. A range of integrated photographic painting approaches on paper and gessoed panels are introduced. The workshop begins with traditional direct collage approaches. Our investigations transition to digital approaches and students scan their paintings to combine with manipulated digital imagery.


Kate Leonard is a professor of art at Colorado College, where she directs the Graphics Research Lab, an innovative program in printmaking. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally.

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