Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council

Begins Oct. 3 - Paper Collage & Mixed Media 6 Week Class

Begins Oct. 3 - 6pm-7:30pm @Robey Hall - 6 Weeks

Paper Collage Enhanced with Watercolor, Pencils, and Markers

Maria Mariottini, Instructor

6 Mondays October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & November 7 at 6pm – 7:30pm

@ The Robey Hall   2022 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

QUESTIONS: [email protected]

FEE: $100   (Registered Students will be Sent a Link to Pay On-Line or Via Check)


CLASS SYLLABUS – 90 Minute class

  • 15 minutes - show and analyze one collage artist's work -what technique is involved-elements of compostions
  • 15 - min minutes-play with working in style of artist discussed
  • 45 min create and finish work
  • 15 minutes-discuss art works 

WEEKLY FEATURED ARTISTS - Check the links and get an idea of the Artist's Works that we Will Focus on Each Week.

Week 1 Dolan Geiman - This will be about texture we fill an object with paper, Teacher will supply line drawing to fill   https://dolangeiman.com

Week 2 Matisse (- We will cut shapes out of solid paper and arrange them in the manner of Matisse Jazz series.  https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/353770

Week 3 Kass Copeland- We will made new relation between images and objects. Bring magazines, old and new https://kasscopeland.wixsite.com/kasscopeland/collage

Week 4 Eric Carle- We paint paper then use it for your collage of simple shapes. https://eric-carle.com

Week 5 David Hockney big ideas, Teacher will supply multiple prints of similar scenes. We will cut them up as rearrange them. https://www.hockney.com/index.php/works/photos/photographic-collages

Week 6- Cards for Sharing. Use the skills we learned we will make personalized cards for the holidays or all occasions. Teacher will supply cards and envelopes.


Mixed media simply means more than one medium being used in a piece, so it can be painting and magazine images, assembled junk, ink and watercolor, etc etc etc.

Collage is a specific art term, meaning a piece formed primarily by images that adhered down to a substrate to form a new image. Taken from the French word coller, which means to either stick together or glue, the term “collage” described the process that was taken when creating Collage Art. **Collage within art was first coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, who were the first pioneers of this movement. Existing as the first two artists who worked with different mediums in an attempt to make art, Braque and Picasso began their cutting-edge assemblages around 1910.

A Few Notable Artists Working With Collage and Mixed Media - we will discuss many of these artists and others to better understand their concepts of collage and mixed media:

  • Henri Matisse (1870 – 1954)
  • Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
  • Kurt Schwitters (1887 – 1948)
  • Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978)
  • Man Ray (1890 – 1976)
  • Max Ernst (1891 – 1976)
  • Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988)
  • David Hockney (1937 – Present)
  • Kara Walker (1969 – Present)
  • Wangechi Mutu (1972 – Present)



VIEW SUPPLY LIST BELOW - Students Bring to the First Class

  • A pad of mixed media paper approximately 8in x 12in
  • Watercolors block or tube
  • 3 water color brushes of various sizes
  • Masking tape - narrow (1/4in width) and wide (1in width)- ANY SIZE IS FINE
  • A board as least as big as your paper
  • Any types of markers, Soft to Hard Black Pencil or Colored Pencils
  • Paper towels or clean rags
  • Elmers Glue or Mod Podge Small Bottle
  • One Inch Sponge Brush

There will be supplement materials supplied by the teacher. The supplemental materials will be used to explore texture and used to build collages. The goal after 6 weeks is to create mixed media collages that show a variety of surface quality referenced by the Garden of Wicker Park.  This class is for all levels.

Maria Mariottini will teach The Garden as Inspiration Series Paper Collage Enhanced with Watercolor, Pencils, and Markers class.  The class will be a 6 week long series that explores forms and textures in the Wicker Park Garden. The first session will be an intro to the process of Paper Collage Enhanced with Watercolor, Pencils, and Markers.  Each following session will have a different focus on paper collage to encourage expanded vision.

Maria Mariottini has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and a Master in Educating Adults from DePaul. She produced the Bucktown Arts Fest for 20 years and still serves as a juror. She is committed to the value of arts and community.

The Goal of the Series is to explore the Wicker Park Gardens as a source of inspiration to YOU as you learn various painting and drawing techniques, to meet and share your work with others, and to assist in funding the 10,000 sq. ft. of gardens in Wicker Park.

**The Garden As Inspiration Series is a Project of the Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP with The Robey Chicago and The Chicago Park District.

VIEW STUDENT’S WORK from 2020 on WPAC Facebook

READ Our Urban Times ARTICLE about 2020 The Garden As Inspiration Drawing Class in the Park

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Date: 10/03/2022 (Mon.)

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT

Location: The Robey Hall 2022 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Created by:   Douglas Wood
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