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Collage Jumpstart

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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An 4-Week In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, February 25, March 3, 10, and 17, 2-5pm

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About this Workshop:

This workshop will provide participants with a variety of approaches to creating mixed media collages and instruction in techniques for making interesting, personalized papers for a variety of art applications. Students will learn how to capitalize on everyday materials such as coffee filters, magazines, book pages and napkins, and use household tools and implements to make stencils and create patterns and textures on papers using acrylic paints and inks. Simple methods of making image transfers will also be included, along with discussion of design and composition principles. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience in painting or collage.

Level: Beginner – Some collage experience is welcome, but not necessary

Registration closes February 17, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Sharon Robinson


Registration includes a $16 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including tissue, mat board for substrates, miscellaneous found papers, inks, adhesives, tools, and more. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • An assortment of inexpensive acrylic paints (tube, bottle, or jar are ok)
  • 1 sheet of cold press watercolor paper, 22″x30″ (example) OR a pad of 9”x12” or larger watercolor paper (example)
  • 1 small bottle of Liquitex or Golden Brand Gloss or Matte Medium
  • (optional) Personal apron (we’ll have extras) or wear clothes that can get messy
  • (optional) Collage materials from your personal stash – decorative papers, magazines, pictures, newspapers, old books, sheet music, maps, etc. 
  • (optional) Inks, stamps, and stencils from your personal stash
  • (optional) Notepad and pen for taking notes


Sharon Robinson is a mixed media artist specializing in abstract collage and assemblage currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area. She earned a master’s degree in urban design and community development from MIT and worked in the urban transit and development field for 20 years in Los Angeles and Portland, OR., prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1999. She has also been a muralist, instructor, gallery manager and arts program administrator. She exhibits her work in the Washington DC/Maryland area as well as other cities and teaches mixed media classes at the Smithsonian, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD and other regional art centers, as well as in her personal studio. Her community activities include serving on the board of Pyramid Atlantic, the Mt. Rainier, MD Arts Commission and SCRAP-USA, a network of nonprofit creative reuse centers.. Learn more about her work at www.therobinsonstudio.com.

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