Interdisciplinary Art: Collage and Creative Writing
Collage and writing are typically viewed as very different types of art. This course will show you how they are intertwined and which techniques and approaches from collage art can help you improve your writing.
The collages on the landing page were made by Nina Freiman
Who is this course for?
You are taking a BA or MA program
If you are studying humanities or art disciplines, especially those related to visual arts or writing, you will improve your professional skills and learn new ways of expressing yourself.
You are a creative writing artist
Journalists, screenwriters, and other artists of the written speech will learn a lot of useful tips on how to unfurl your creativity and write an engaging story.
You are an art enthusiast
You love art in all its forms or admire certain types more? The course will show you the synergy of different arts and broaden your knowledge of modern art.
About this course
The course will help you understand:
  • 11 hours
  • 7 modules
Course program
6 hours of video content, 1 hour of theory, 3 hours of practice, and 1 hour for testing
Course intro
You will build a theoretical basis and answer such questions as how collage art appeared as an art discipline, or what encouraged people to implement collage techniques.
The Development of Collage Thinking
You will learn how collage thinking had developed to affect other art disciplines and what comprised Futuristic literature schools.
  • A Brief History of Collage and the Beginning of Visual Poetry
  • Zaum and the Futurists
  • What is Dada?
Collage, Protest, Heroes
You will find and analyze the reflection of surrealism in written art and the big names behind the new movements.
  • Alfred Jarry's King Ubu as a Forerunner of Dada
  • Dada and Protest: John Heartfield
  • Dada and Protest: Hannah Höch. Dada Science
  • How Dada Became Surrealism. Max Ernst and His Collage Novels
  • Claude Cahun: Collage and Gender Studies
  • Marcel Duchamp and Found Objects
From Assemblage to Mail Art
You will observe how words and letters turned from being tools turned into art objects and where this change manifested itself.
  • The Objects, Predecessors of Collage
  • Assemblage
  • Neorealism and Its Representatives. Decollage. Lettrism
  • Women of Pop-art. Collage and Text
  • Fluxus
  • Ray Johnson, New York Correspondence School, and Mail Art
Collage in Text and Literature
You will understand how text and visual art combine to achieve synergy and how they borrow tricks and methods from each other.
  • Stylistics and Collage
  • James Joyce and Huge Textual Collages
  • Ekphrasis and Collage. Ali Smith and Others
  • Contemporary Poetry, Ancient Greeks, Artificial Intelligence, and Collage
Figurative Devices in the Text and Collage
In this course block, you will focus more on developing practical skills like combining visual and textual means and creating pictures with words.
  • Сollage as a Source of Metaphors
  • How to Create Characters with Letters, Paper and Glue
  • How to Create a Landscape
  • Dialogue in the Text and Collage
How to Create a Story with the Text and Collage
You will work out storytelling skills and methods of building a captivating plot based on collage art principles.
  • Composition in Text and Collage
  • Creating a Story by Breaking Time, Space, and Action
  • Collage: A Story in Statics and in Motion
Course summary
You will master storytelling and build a skill of using collage art techniques in writing. By getting to know new methods and means of self-expression, you will boost your creativity.
Nina Freiman
Artist, editor, writer, creative writing teacher. Co-founder of the Free Collage Artists Club, Creative writing teacher at the High School of Economy.
Nina Freiman is an editor, writer, translator, creative writing teacher, and collage artist from Saint-Petersburg. Her articles were published by RBK, Fontanka, Novaya Gazeta, Meduza, and other media. She translated books by Levi Pinfold, Torben Kuhlmann, Patricia MacLachlan, Anthony Warner, and many other authors. Nina is a member of the Russian collage society Rezh da Kley and, together with Irina Mashina and Zoya Gutnik, the cofounder of the Free Collage Artists Club. She participates in international collage projects and exhibitions and makes collage music videos and collages for book covers.
Who created this course
“Collage helps us to write and creative writing to make collages. Let's find out how it works.”
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After completing the course, you will get a certificate.
It confirms that you have completed the entire course program.
Are there any time limits for this course?
There are none. Start any time you wish and watch the course at your own pace.
Do I need to be an art professional to take this course?
No, not at all! This course requires no background in art, literature, or writing and will be just as interesting to art admirers as to those who create art professionally. Just like other courses on the topic – From Cave Drawings to Banksy or How to Read a Painting, Interdisciplinary Art breaks down complex matters into simple and understandable pieces of content.
Will I practice during the course?
Yes. In addition to lectures, this course will provide ample time to practice the just-learned skills, and the best works will be published on our website.
Will I learn how to build and structure an engaging story?
Sure! After the introduction to the history and theoretical aspects of collage art and creative writing, you will get to learn and practice writing itself, using the techniques from other art disciplines.
Can I watch the lectures without an internet connection?
Yes, you can download the course to your mobile device via our app and watch it anytime you want.
How is the learning process for this course organized?
After the payment, you will receive an email with access to your personal account. There, you will find video lectures, a list of recommended literature, a workbook and other additional materials, and tests on the studied material. After passing the final test, you will receive a certificate of completion of the course.

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