Early Fee

Composition and Collage


ON CAMPUS: 2 May – 20 June 2023, Tuesday 6pm-9pm. Early fee ends 20 March 2023
Deborah Marks

Discover the highly creative realm of collage, while learning the art of visual composition. Use the elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures and stimulate your imagination with the many approaches, styles and techniques inherent in this art form.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials


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Full Details

Term: Term Two 2023
Start Date: 2 May 2023
End Date: 20 June 2023
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6pm-9pm
Number of classes: 8

Teacher: Deborah Marks
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Full Fee: $735
Early Fee: $660.00
Concession Fee: $700.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

Discover the highly creative realm of collage, while learning the art of visual composition. Use the elements and principles of design and colour to investigate compositional structures to explore the varied possibilities of collage. Investigate the wide range of approaches, styles and techniques inherent in this art form, stimulating your imagination to discover creative possibilities.

In this practical course Deborah Marks demonstrates and guides you through structured weekly exercises, exploring colour schemes and the elements and principles of composition, including direction, contrast and harmony, repetition, rhythm and dominance. Learn how the elements of line, shape, tone, colour and texture and principles influence composition. Deborah uses the weekly briefs as a planned structure, students are encouraged to use their intuition and emotions to guide their decision making. The medium of collage allows for the combination of knowledge as well as intuition, chance and accidental artmaking, to produce highly original and unique artworks. Deborah also introduces you to the collage movements in 20th century art, as well as artists known in this field.

Individual guidance as well as group critiques will be given in order to facilitate the deeper understanding of this medium and its creative possibilities.

*Short courses are open to students of ages 16 years and over. For students under 16 years of age there are School Holiday Workshops, Art Club and other youth art programs.

Lecturer Profile

Deborah Marks’ art practice includes painting, drawing, photography and collage. Deborah is inspired by her interest in psychological aspects of the human condition. Her figurative artworks reside between representation and abstraction as an exploration of the ambiguity between surface and illusion. Deborah has been a finalist in the Kedumba Art Award, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Mosman Art Prize, the Blake Prize and the Korean/Australian Arts Foundation Prize and was awarded the 2014 Kedumba Art Award. She has exhibited with Defiance Gallery, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Stanley Street Gallery and Kunstverein Murnau, Germany, and most recently exhibited with Wagner Contemporary, Sydney. In 2007 she was awarded the National Art School Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Deborah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and lectures in the National Art School Drawing Department. Her artwork is represented in both public and private collections.

Art Materials

Essential Papers:
• Arches Watercolour Smooth A4 (210 × 297mm) – 15 sheet pad, 185gms
• 1 A4 pad matt Assorted Grey Papers A4 eg Mi Tientes or an assortment of
grey sheets.
Optional Papers:
• Any papers that interest you eg: coloured magazine papers, transport tickets, labels, old scrap books or second hand books you are prepared to cut up, architects tracing paper, photocopied papers or any printed material etc.
• Any textured papers or materials eg.fly screen, paper doilies, sanding papers, shiny paper
• 2B pencil, black pen
• Hard white eraser eg. Staedler
• Scissors
• UHU glue stick
• Masking tape
• 1 Pkt A4 size ‘neutral’ coloured card
• Scalpel knife
• Plastic cutting board


Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

Whilst NAS strongly encourages vaccination, students are not required to be vaccinated as a condition of their enrolment at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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