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Narrative Collage Workshop with Deb Rosenbaum

August 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - August 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

$135.00 – $145.00
Orange collage of a figure standing in front of a house and a tree with Narrative Collage, time and date written next to it

2 Saturdays, August 6 and 13, 12-6PM

$135 Art Gym Members, $145 Non-members


Narrative is a human need like breathing.  We have to constantly explain and document our lives, even if just to ourselves. Sometimes we invent our narratives. 

What story do you want to tell and how can you effectively use collage techniques to visualize it?  In the first class, we’ll complete a variety of small exercises to practice strong composition and design followed by several narrative collages from a supplied prompt. In the second class you’ll focus on a personal narrative or memory. Various collage skills and techniques including image transfer, cutting, papers, and glues will be demonstrated throughout the class.  No experience is necessary.  All materials included, although we will discuss adding your own collected personal pieces for class two.


Composition and Design Exercises, Day 1 – August 6

What is composition and how can it support meaning or narrative in art?

How to help the viewer “read” your work

Using only art elements and design principles to suggest meaning

Positive and negative space:  4 x 6” designs, “notan” balance

Four compositional designs, 4” squares

Exercises in Storytelling:  as figurative collage and personal tree themed collage

Transfer Techniques


Personal Narratives, Day 2 – August 13

Does the viewer have to know your story to read a story?

How can you lead the viewer or suggest meaning without specific images

Use of symbols and avoiding the “trite”

Using text in collage


Deb Rosenbaum is the retired Visual Arts Director at Denver School of the Arts.   Her humorous and quirky work in collage, printmaking, and sculpture reflects her passion for story telling and collecting, combining disparate materials.



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August 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
August 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
$135.00 – $145.00
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