Exploring Collage :: Tools & Techniques

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May 15th, 2017 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Matt Runkle
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: May 15th, 2017 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: May 22nd, 2017 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This workshop will cover a brief history of the art of collage and a variety of tools and techniques for kickstarting and enriching your practice. Students will learn where to source and how to work with a range of materials; the basics of design layout and color theory; and ways of creating tactility and relief.

You’ll focus on honing your vision as we go through scrap piles, identifying patterns and possibilities for juxtaposition, with an eye on the periphery, ready to capture any chance overlaps and happy accidents. Students will learn cutting tactics, tricks for working with adhesives, tips for planning compositions, and strategies for choosing substrates and finishes. We’ll touch on approaches to incorporating text and ways of using sequence to convey narrative. The workshop will emphasize collage’s tactile nature, looking at methods of building depth and appealing to the sense of touch.

Materials to Bring: Any magazines, photographs, discarded books, postcards, or other ephemera you may wish to use in your collage; X-acto knife, if desired for detail cutting. 

Workshop + Materials Fee: $135.00

Date & Time: Mondays, May 15 & 22, 2017 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Matt Runkle

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, printer, and book artist. His short fiction collection, The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales, was published in 2014 by Brooklyn Arts Press. His writing has also appeared in MonkeybicycleThe Collagist, Beecher’s, matchbook, and BOMB. He is creator of the zine, RUNX TALES, and was a resident at the Cartoon Art Museum. His comics have been anthologized in Gay Genius (Sparkplug Comic Books, 2011) and Rob Kirby’s THREE. A member of the board of directors of the College Book Art Association, he has exhibited letterpress work at venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Compound Gallery, and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, where it was included in SGC International’s 2014 Queer Communities in Print portfolio exchange. He has read and performed at spaces varying from SOMArts to Unnameable Books to Headlands Center for the Arts. His new artist's book, titled Catholics, is a limited-edition memoir composed of drawings, collage, and letterpress-printed prose. The winner of a Caxton Club Grant, it is included in permanent collections at the Newberry Library and the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. He teaches workshops in letterpress, zines, comics, sequential collage, and other modes of writing for visual and material genres.

Past Student Reviews:

“Instructor was very knowledgeable and well prepared. I really enjoyed the overview collage artists in the beginning.”

“Matt is a great instructor. The classroom was well stocked with everything we needed. He was willing to help.”

“I learned new ways of looking at and approaching collage.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States