On Paper: The Creativity of Collage


On Paper: The Creativity of Collage

    Saturdays, 28 April – 26 May 2018

Led by Oakville-based collage artist Joanna Turlej, this course will explore the many ways paper can be used to make images. Working closely with Turlej, participants will dive into the history of collage and hone their creative expression through a series of collage-making exercises. The first class will see participants introduced to a series of techniques to treat and prepare the paper they will use in the course, creating a range of desired effects. Participants will spend the following four classes exploring ways to express ideas, stories and style by making collages with their prepared papers and other materials such as magazine clippings, stained papers, fabric, and acrylics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding colour systems, composition, value patterning, and the creation of texture by ripping and cutting papers. Proper techniques to adhere these materials on a variety of support surfaces will also be taught.

  • Ages 18+
  • $170 ($200 for non-members) + HST



Saturday 28 April 2018, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday 5 May 2018, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday 12 May 2018, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday 19 May 2018, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday 26 May 2018, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm


Education Centre
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

What to bring

Please wear a smock or apron. Students must provide their own materials using the supplied materials list.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your program begins. Refunds are subject to a $15 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds by cheque.


In the event that a participant is unable to attend a scheduled class during the program, make-up dates, refunds or credits will not be provided.

Instructor bio

Joanna Turlej is an Oakville-based artist, who exhibits nationally and internationally. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Turlej emigrated to Canada as a teenager, where she graduated from OCAD University with an honours degree and George A. Reid Award of Excellence. Since her graduation, she has studied under many notable artists, continuously expanding her artistic knowledge and expertise. During her 25-year career as an artist, she has explored a range of different media, including watercolours, acrylics, and mixed media, amongst others. In 2014, her explorations led her to embrace a new paper collage technique of her own design. She is an elected member of the OSA (Ontario Society of Artists) and an elected and life member of CFS (Colour and Form Society).