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Collage Artists to Use in Art Lessons

By The Arty Teacher - June 26, 2018

I’ve put together this list of collage artists to give you an overview of who you could use in the classroom with your students.  There are some old favourites here and hopefully some new ones too.  Click on any image to go to a google search or the artist’s website.

collage by Kurt Schwitters

You can’t talk about collage artists without mentioning Kurt Schwitters (above) as he is considered to be ‘The King of Collage’.  Schwitters is credited with being the first to do it.  However, others argue that Picasso did it first!   Schwitters collected his materials from the streets of Berlin.  I once did a successful Schwitters inspired project and littered the classroom floor with bits for students to pick up.  It was a great start to the lesson.

Below is the work of artist Fred Tomaselli.  I’m not sure why he’s referred to as a painter as a majority of the bits you see are collaged on.  Working on wood he collages medicinal herbs, prescription pills and hallucinogenic plants alongside images cut from books and magazines: flowers, birds, butterflies, arms, legs and noses. He then covers this with a thick, clear layer of epoxy resin.  I’ve used this with students where they have collaged on a dark painted surface (artists black, never true black!) and then covered their collage with a layer of PVA glue.

An artwork by Fred Tomaselli

I’ve found that the disturbing collages of Annegret Soltau have really appealed to my students.  They’ve enjoyed photographing themselves, collaging and combining it with stitch.  There is huge potential for them to draw sections too.

Please comment below if you know of collage artists that are great to use in the art classroom.

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Ben Giles has all sorts of collages on his website.  Just click on the image to see more.  He is a great opportunity if students wish to combine collage with their own photographs.  They often seem to have a surreal or dream-like quality to them.

Artwork by Ben Giles

David Adey pins his collage onto foam panels.  Many of his artworks are ‘human form’ or ‘bits of human’, and by that I mean lips or legs that make elaborate patterns.  Shapes and images are hidden within the human form.

Zentangle Art Lessons

 

Derek Gores (below) is a master of collage and a recycling artist.  He recycles magazines, labels, data, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas.  I’d only recommend this to a really able student as it’s far more difficult than it looks.  He has a great website too – click on the image to go there.

Artwork by Derek Gores

The artist below, Dolan Geiman, is new to me and I stumbled upon him when researching for this blog post.  His paper collages would be ideal for a ‘different cultures’ project.  They have a powerful feel as the subject stares back at you!  He does ‘faux taxidermy’ too.  Check out his site by clicking the image below.Dolan Geiman Collage Artists

Hannah Hoch probably should have come earlier in the post as she is one of the greats.  She was a German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage. How does her work look both contemporary and retro at the same time?

collage artists Hannah Hoch

Jason Mecier has created a series of collages of celebrities.  He has created many out of candy, calling it ‘Candy Art’ I like the artworks where the materials he uses reflects the person portrayed, like Amy Winehouse below, made of pills.  He has done Joan Rivers out of beauty products and medicines, and Hugh Hefner out of Playboy magazines, and many more.

Jason Mecier

The amazing letter ‘A’ which looks like a building made out of windows, in one of four (A- D) created by Lola Dupre.  She has other collages made of repeated images on her website too, where she often distorts the human form.  She states on her website that her work references the Dada movement of the early 20th Century and the digital manipulations of the present day.

Letter A by Lola Dupre

Mark Wagner is my final featured artist.  You can see he makes collages out of dollar bills.  He creates ‘Currency Portraits’ and other collage work.  He has a great video on his website if you look under ‘Process Video’.  Be warned before you suggest a student uses this artist as it is illegal to reproduce money and monopoly money would be a poor substitute!

Artwork by collage Artist Mark Wagner

If you are an art teacher and you want a collage project for your students, you will love the great selection you can find by clicking the image below.

 

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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23 responses to “Collage Artists to Use in Art Lessons”

  1. Gabrielle Hinton says:

    Great link. Check out a new book by Paul Dufficey ‘The Art of Collage’ 2018.

  2. Allise Pelham says:

    Anna Fine Foer –
    http://www.annafineart.com

  3. Here’s a friend who is a master collage artist you might like: Deborah Lawrence, deedeeworks.com, google her too–there’s lots on the web about her.

  4. Robyn says:

    You forgot Anne Marie Grgich…American and amazing

  5. alain says:

    using this in my classroom rmhs mil gracias

  6. I am Adishwar Kumar Jain, presently the most renowned collage artist of India having done my exhibitions at all the leading art galleries of India as well once in England and Canada. My torn paper collage art is just different from the world. I have nominated for the National Art Award.

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      Hi Adishwar, I’ve taken a look at your work and it’s both interesting and beautiful!

  7. Jo says:

    Romare Bearden of the Harlem Renaissance.

  8. amal says:

    thank u for u share

  9. O and I miss one name: Eric Carle 😉

  10. Very inspiring! I love working with paper, I make collages myself as well. Some of the artists I knew, but some are new, thanks for that!

  11. Marcelo de Castro Pin says:

    Didn’t know most of them. Very interesting and inspiring. Check out my Instagram @collageodissey

  12. Lyn Racz says:

    Thank you. I’ll use these. We are learning the difference between decoupage, collage, and photo transfer. You woldn’t know it would be so hard for them!

    • The Arty Teacher says:

      I’m glad you’ve found this useful. Sounds like you are teaching an interesting project.

  13. Amanda says:

    Thanks for posting. I love the Mark Wagner.

  14. Sarah says:

    This is such a useful list. Thank you.

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