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8 Classes with  

March 20, 2023 - June 3, 2023

Pacific Grove Adult School

I have created a forum for this class where we can all engage with the material in class and post pictures of art we are inspired by and all things color and collage.


Color and Collage Workshop Spring 2023  is meant to be a fun loose space where we explore color and shape together in the classroom for 1.5 hours a week.

I am using the Joseph Albers book, Interaction of Color, as a loose reference. His basic thesis is that color is discovered through practice with pieces of paper and that its fundamental nature is relative and interactive

Each class I will propose a loose set of rules or limits as a jumping off point and we will all start cutting, collaging, gluing, looking, and learning. Check out the forum to post and read what your class members are up to!



Paper (at least 2 each of 24 different colors about 8.5 x 11 inches and some card stock as a base), scissors, glue, old paint brush, wooden clothespins

I try to keep this class as simple and affordable as possible. The solid colored paper and appropriate glue is the most important. I hope many of you have most of these supplies already and I am sure there can be some sharing. Please use the forum to share!


Please have fun with getting various solid colored papers. Local stores have good options.  

Shop locally if possible but I have affiliate links posted here for recommended supplies and to give a sense of what  I find works really well. Next time class is offered I hope to have discounted offers from a local art supply store.


For all supplies recommended  - they are in fact just recommendations - if you have favorites just bring those. 

We will each need: 

Assorted Color Paper (The most important Item - at least 24 different colors)

For this class I would like everyone to have a large assortment of solid colored paper. The below specs are just an example of possibilities.  

1 pack of printer paper cardstock  120 GSM 24 assorted colors

1 pack of printer paper  cardstock 250 GSM 24 assorted colors

1 pack of construction paper (Try to get maximum amount of colors like the 12 assorted colors instead of the 10)

The goal is to have  a bottom layer of slightly thicker paper(card stock) that we adhere the thinner layers to so that we avoid the classic bubbling and curling when gluing papers together.



       I prefer not to have exacto/ utility knives etc. because I want us to embrace scissors as a beautiful tool and respect their limits and uses :)


        There are many Glues available. (Being able to brush the glue on rather than with a  glue stick can be great but glues sticks are wonderful also!). We want glues that don't leave shiny residues etc. 

        My preferences are:


         Golden Matte Medium


          Mod Podge

Brush for Glue

          Old paint brush will do. We will use this to paint the glue on the back of cut paper meant to be glued. 

          I suggest close to a 1 inch paint brush. 

          If you love glue sticks that is just fine as well!

Scrap paper for messy glue

Clothespins (wood)

A folder for storing cut scraps. 

A large tote bag (10 x 10 inches at least). This will not be transformed or sullied in any manner. It can have any type of design or marking. It is part of a surprise project I like to do first couple classes. 

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