Creating New Worlds with Photomontage ☆

| April 9, 2011

montage (mɒnˈtɑːʒ, French mɔ̃taʒ) — n 1. the art or process of composing pictures by the superimposition or juxtaposition of miscellaneous elements, such as other pictures or photographs

The art of montage can be seen in an array of artistic mediums. Participants in Thursday evening’s experiential workshop will explore the interface between montage and photography. In a session titled “Creating New Worlds with Photomontage,” participants will transform and combine pre-existing, disparate images to create a new, imaginary reality.

Photomontage is an intriguing process. The manipulation of photographs has a history that dates back to the invention of photography in the mid 19th century.  It became accepted as “fine art” during the Dada movement, an explosion of creativity centered in Berlin in the early 20th century. As Surrealism began to dominate, photomontage declined in popularity until the 1960s when a renewed interest in the art form was born. The Pop Art movement of that time reimagined the technique using magazine clips and text. This artistic genre is used today in many arenas.

In this workshop, participants will experience the challenges and joys of the process first hand. Olga Hubard, Assistant Professor of Art Education at Teachers College and workshop facilitator, describes one of the unique aspects of photomontage:

Metaphorically, the process of creating a photomontage works like much creative thinking–we connect seemingly disparate things in unforeseen ways and end up with a fresh perspective.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to with their hands and minds, cutting, placing, gluing, and creating.

“Creating New Worlds with Photomontage” will take place from 7-9pm on Thursday, April 28th at  Teachers College.

To register for this and other FREE events associated with the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education Symposium, please click here.

Untitled (Guirnaldas), 2002

by Olga Hubard (workshop facilitator)

Acrylic on vellum paper

48” x 36” (122 x 91.5 cm)