This paper discusses the art and design method of collage and its efficacy as a trans-disciplinary learning and teaching technique that can be delivered remotely while living through a pandemic and the restrictions of a national lockdown. Collage is a method for making artworks by pasting together desperate elements, such as printed matter or digital images, to make a relatively unified image. Trans-disciplinary learning integrates perspectives from a range of different disciplines, going beyond a given students subject discipline, and should enable students to draw on these perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of their discipline. This was managed through a five-week collage project that was delivered remotely to second year degree students while they were isolating during the Covid19 pandemic lockdown in Wales UK during its second wave in 2020. The collage project, titled Digital Collage Universe, was designed so that students could fulfil their trans-disciplinary learning needs while staying at home. This involved students working through three ‘Collage Challenges’ that enabled them to work alone as well as a collaborative group with their peers from different discipline areas while having to maintain strict social distancing, isolation, and quarantine rules. The use of MS Teams as a platform to create a digital Collage Gallery that acted as a visual forum enabling students to share their work and learn from each other will be described, including examples of the collage art works shown in the gallery. The conclusion will draw on students’ feedback to discuss the ways in which they were able to draw on knowledge and skills acquired in their discipline areas and to apply it in a trans-disciplinary collaborative fashion to create visually striking collages that met the learning outcomes of the project.
Dr James Green is a visual artist and lecturer who was born in Wales, UK in 1982. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a master’s degree in Painting at the Royal Collage of Art, London. His practice-based Ph.D used painting, drawing and collage to make a study of Close-Up Double Vision’. James taught on the Fine Art BA(Hons) course at Cardiff School of Art & Design, and now works at the Faculty of Arts & Design at The British University in Egypt, Cairo. James has taught and exhibited artwork internationally. He is currently working on a project titled “The History of The Rhondda”. This is an ongoing collage project in its sixteenth year, that will take 20 years to complete. The project involves making an A-5 sized collage each day that records an idea, something seen, or any other experience from that day. The aim is to provide viewer’s with a detailed 20-year chunk of a life in intimate detail using collage and drawing.