Beginning Collage Techniques: Cut & Paste a Place!

Sarah Shaw, Artist & Educator

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9 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Collage

    • Choosing an Image

    • Collage Materials

    • Technique 1: Circular

    • Technique 2: Ripped

    • Technique 3: Dotted

    • Technique 4: Geometric

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Join artist and educator Sarah Shaw for a 40-minute class that covers beginning collage techniques, exploring imagery of simple landscapes. Sarah has been creating both paper and mixed-media collages for a decade, and is very happy to share some tips and techniques to help you "paint with scissors" and create some dynamic works of art!

In this class, you will learn how to choose proper materials for your project, and watch demos of four different techniques for collaging with paper. These lessons will encourage you to think visually—observing elements in your photo as lines and shapes, rather than mountains, trees and rocks. This class is ideal for beginners and those with limited experience collaging, but all are welcome to join.

Collage can be relaxing, meditative and addicting. This might be your first try at collage, but it probably won’t be your last!


39 of 41 students recommendSee All

Great intro to the materials and techniques needed for collaging!
An absolutely awesome demo! I have a drawer full of failed H2O and acrylic paintings that I am looking forward to rescuing with collage. I have been reading about collage but your demo is very empowering! Thank you, thank you! Looking forward to your next class.!
I really enjoyed all of the techniques that can be used for collage. Fun class!
Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand





Sarah Shaw

Artist & Educator

My name is Sarah Shaw, and I’m an artist and educator from Portland, Maine. In 2010, I graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, I worked and studied in South Korea for three years, and most recently, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cartagena, Colombia. I primarily create series of illustrations, daily drawings, comics and graphic stories based on daily life abroad. 

Besides illustration, I work in a variety of media and materials-- I sew, crochet traditional Colombian bags, experiment with video and digital photography, and make mixed-media painting and collages with maps. I've taken classes in holography, glass-blowing and jewelry making. I love playing with Wordpress and teaching myself bits of coding, even though I'm very impatient.

I love meeting new people, so don't be shy. Introduce yourself! And if you happen to be in the Portland, Maine area, let me know-- Maybe we can meet up or collaborate on a project.