Collage is an artistic technique where various materials such as photographs, pieces of paper or fabric, and other ephemera are arranged and stuck to a backing surface to create a new whole.

Description and How to Do It

Creating a collage involves selecting and assembling different textures, colors, and shapes. The process can include cutting, tearing, and layering pieces of paper or fabric, and then adhering them to a canvas, paper, or board. It allows for a high degree of creativity as almost any material can be used.


  • Creativity and Imagination: Encourages artistic expression and experimentation.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Enhances cutting and gluing skills.
  • Visual Perception: Develops skills in color and composition arrangement.
  • Recycling and Reusing: Promotes the use of recycled materials in art.

Best Age to Start

Children can start simple collage activities as early as 3 or 4 years old, with more complex and detailed collage work suitable for older children and adults.


  • Websites: Art education websites for collage techniques and ideas.
  • YouTube: Art channels for collage tutorials and inspiration.
  • Books: “Collage Workshop for Kids” by Shannon Merenstein (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Assorted Papers/Fabrics: $5-$20.
  • Scissors: $5-$10.
  • Glue or Mod Podge: $5-$15.
  • Canvas or Heavy Paper: $10-$30.
  • Optional: Magazines, photographs, decorative items.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with a theme or color scheme for guidance.
  • Experiment with layering and arranging elements before gluing.
  • Use a variety of textures and materials for added interest.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Regular practice, such as weekly, helps develop skills and artistic vision.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop a distinct style or thematic approach.
  • Create complex and aesthetically pleasing compositions.
  • Showcase work in exhibitions or online galleries.

Renowned Collage Artists

  • Hannah Höch
  • Romare Bearden

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