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Found Paper Collage

Date and Time: October 16; 10 am-1 pm
Registration Deadline: October 16

If you have ever thought about “painting” with paper, this class is for you. If you are a painter and want to try something different, this class is for you. If you think you are not an artist, this class is for you. If you simply love paper, this class is for you.

Using maps, sheet music, book pages, business envelopes, and other found papers, participants will create visually interesting compositions with simple collage techniques. We will explore the textural qualities and colors of found papers and hone skills in composition, cutting, layout, gluing, and finishing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own found papers, but the instructor will provide a good supply.

Amy Stevens is an arts educator and mixed-media artist with 30+ years of experience, working from her studio overlooking Sanford Lake in Benzie County. She has taught art and English, K-12 and adults, in public and private school settings, retiring in 2011 after 23 years of teaching literature and composition at Interlochen Arts Academy. She and her husband, John Huston, own and operate Glen Lake Artists Gallery in Glen Arbor. Amy holds a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University.

Two canvas panels 5×7 or 8×10 (these are primed canvas over a rigid board or cardboard and are available online or in local craft stores.)

Maps, sheet music, and book pages (instructor will provide a limited selection, but students are encouraged to bring their stash)

No magazines; the glossy paper does not lend itself to this process.

1/4” and 1/2 inch flat paint brushes

Disposable gloves

Paper towels

Baby wipes


Wide glue stick

Black Sharpie and other colors as desired

GAAC will supply the gloss gel medium, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Minimum Enrollment: Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the day of the class.

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by September 15, 2021.


October 16, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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