Learn Collage

"Shoe Collage" by Lois DeWitt

Collage is an art form that employs all kinds of materials:  magazine pictures, photos, lace, shells, wood, tile, mirrors, wallpaper, wire-- whatever is of interest. The resources are almost endless!

In my "Shoe Collage" I used pictures from a shoe catalog in a repeating pattern that made  this composition other than just pictures of shoes--stacked images created a strata of similar shapes and colors that became a quilt-like design.

What is collage?

Collage is a creative method of collecting a variety of materials and exploring how they might be put together into a composition that transforms  the original images into a new visual form.

Today, collage is considered an established art form and often evokes a provocative visual  reaction from viewers for the magical way common, everyday objects have been magically transformed into a composition that gives them new meaning.

Making a collage requires visual and physical abilities.  In creating new combinations of common images (brand logos, ads) or combining a variety of objects (shells, leaves) the objective is to  create a new environment for diverse materials, exploring ways of combining them and working towards creating a unique composition that expresses a personal view. 

Making a collage using two dimensional materials such as magazine pages, stamps, wallpaper, etc. requires minimal art supplies--basically scissors, glue and cardboard or mat board. My collage lessons deal mainly with these kinds of materials.

Watch my video "Introduction To Collage." I explain the six collage lessons course and what you can expect to learn.

Click here to start the FREE Collage Lessons.

Real Feedback


Hi Lois, thought I would send you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your YouTube videos. I found you last December when I purchased a Breville smart oven. I'd never really used a toaster oven for anything other than toast and since finding you I've been cooking like crazy! My husband thinks that's wonderful.

Also I introduced my daughter to your art lessons and she is delighted, especially with the stencil one of the fishes! You encourage people of all skill levels to feel less intimidated by the thought of actually 'doing' a painting! Anyway, just saying thank you and to let you know how much we enjoy Charlie as well.

Kindest regards,


Hey lois

I am a emerging artist here in sc I haven't had the opportunity to go to formal art schools

I have been drawing all my life as far back as I can remember. I saw your free art classes online and book marked them and when I have more supplies am going back.

I want to be taken seriously, I have started getting my art out there, and have started just recently showing, my art, and sold a total of three works for aprox300.00 a piece

I still don't feel like I am a good enough artists and I desire to learn always learning

I am sending some samples of a small amount of sketches drawings, and paintings

I would love to get feed back from someone in the artworld I have been mistreated by some artist that wouldn't even look at my art

when they found out I had not took art classes.......I've always wanted to just havent had the opportunitys . thank you so much.

Elizabeth White


Hello Lois.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn hoy to draw and paint in diferentes styles and techniques. I just started and I've never had taken any classes til now with your tutorial. I really worldwide appreciate your comments about my still life exercise. I specially have problems with shading the table and painting the wood graining (as you can se in the picture) and also the table cloth. The melon sas difficult too, I feel something is missing there too . (Some things in the picture I didn't want them to apear in my painting)

I'm starting to work with the landscape. As son as I have ir done I'll send you the picture. Best regards and thank you again.

Andrea Berkefeld (from México)


I'm 50 and going to retire soon. I always wanted to be able to draw so now is the time. I saw your website and you sent me the classes link.What you said about my work I sent you was right on!

Much improved, I'm hummin'!

Mac B, Toledo, Ohio


So far the online lessons I have made it through have been extremely informative and helpful, not just the techniques, but general information on how to not ruin your brushes, waste paint, etc. I thank you soooo much for making this available for people like me who can't get out and go to art lessons often enough to count, :p I do these when I get off work and have time and it's not stressful trying to work around my already hectic schedule, so thank you again. Kayla M. Gray


I'm really impressed that I got good drawing instruction for free! Thanks so much, Brian Dudley