Photographic Collage: A Painterly Approach – JANSTU2018P

Date: Jan 08 - 26, 2018

Skill Level(s): Open to All i


Kate Leonard

Tuition: $1,800
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $55


Join us for an engaging exploration of the artistic synthesis between two distinct art forms: photography and painting. The workshop takes a truly hybrid approach as it is designed for painters interested in incorporating photographic imagery and photographers interested in the physicality of painterly manipulation. Discover transfer techniques that integrate photographic images and text directly onto painted surfaces, resulting in intriguingly complex works. Using traditional collage and photomontage, as well as digital acrylic “skins,” we consider 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. While the workshop introduces a variety of techniques, emphasis will be placed on the unique conceptual power of collage and montage imagery and end-of-week critiques refocus participants on the expressive and narrative elements of the artworks produced.

Media & Techniques:

Students learn traditional collage and introductory digital techniques to produce imagery layers for painting 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 scanning paintings to develop custom-built acrylic skins of photographic imagery. Reductive approaches in sanding and scraping reveal richly layered surfaces.


The workshop begins with traditional direct collage approaches and moves towards integrating digital photographic elements into painting on gessoed panels. Each week begins with a technical and conceptual focus and is illustrated with visual examples from contemporary art. Mornings are spent with direct group instruction or individual critiques. Afternoons consist of independent studio time.


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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