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Creative Collage

Course Overview

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to a variety of collage mediums to explore creatively and experimentally.

Learn to create painted and patterned papers and use a variety of other papers (photographic, text-based, plain colours etc) to create an illustrative image. It is designed to develop perceptual, imaginative and technical skills.

Explore, discover and experiment with all the demonstrated mediums.

In the first half of the workshop, be guided by Nettie through a series of fun, creative, visual exercises exploring the techniques of creating coloured patterned papers using acrylic mono printing, scraping, sponging etc. In the second half of the workshop, Nettie will work individually with each participant, providing demonstrations on how to create an artwork using the coloured papers you've made. This part of the workshop is tailored to your individual ideas and projects, ensuring that you have the opportunity to explore your creativity and produce unique and meaningful artwork.

Materials List
  • Watercolours
  • Acrylics (basic, inexpensive paints are fine)
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser
  • A3 cartridge paper sketch book
  • Glue stick
  • Paint brushes (watercolour brush No: 4, acrylic brush – round head, not flat)
  • Scissors


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Nettie Lodge

About the tutor

Nettie Lodge

Nettie Lodge is an Australian Artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art, John Curtain University, WA, a Post Graduate in painting from the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. She exhibits in Sydney where she has held numerous solo shows since 1995. Her most recent solo exhibition was a conceptual interpretation of the poem THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, at the Manly Art gallery and Museum, in December 2017. This involved over 40 works on paper and a 3D installation.

She has been writing and illustrating Children’s books since 2000. In 2005, her children’s picture book BIRD, published by ABC Books won a NOTABLE BOOK MERIT at the CBCA Awards. Her book NATEMBA, published by ABC Books won several environmental awards. 

Her picture book TELL TAILS, published by Green Olive Press, in 2022, was written and illustrated as a love letter to animals, during the COVID period.

Her latest published book THE WORLD’S GREATEST TACKLE, published by Woodslane Press in 2023,  (written by Bruce Walker) is about an explosive football game between all the animals and insects of the world.

She works as a freelance illustrator and part time lecturer at Torrens University in Sydney. She lives and works in her studio on Scotland Island in Pittwater, NSW.


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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park