Jackie reeves collage

Intro to Collage and Mixed Media Art with Jackie Reeves

Loosen up and stretch your creative muscles! The goal of this class is to explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you. Playfully experiment with drawing marks, paint spills, drips, drags, imprints (etc), and collage. The idea is to let go of control, get out of your own way and push your limits, allowing the materials to take the lead as you aim to develop a small series of artworks. With step-by-step guidance from Jackie, you will develop your skills with design and composition as you begin editing and composing an abstract image through a process of adding marks and collaged papers and then editing.

Slideshow presentations of contemporary and historical artworks will be given to demonstrate how cutting, ripping, masking, glazing, and layering paint will add intrigue to your abstract images.

All levels welcome!


Supplies list:

  • Paint brushes of varying sizes
  • Scissors, erasers, roll of blue painters tape, scotch tape
  • Acrylic medium Matte or Satin finish (used for gluing papers and for thinning paint)
  • A collection of collage materials from home: scraps of papers, newspaper, mesh, old letters, maps, drawings (things you donʼt mind collaging into artwork). Itʼs better if itʼs more personal to you and not bought from a store, so just look around the house and bring whatever you have that could be good for collage. Also look for things with texture.
  • Spray bottle for water
  • A variety of acrylic paints including black, white and primary colors
  • Paper towel
  • 11x14” pad of mixed media Bristol paper, 100lb or heavier.
  • A variety of drawing materials you enjoy working with if you already have; pastels, cray pas, ink, charcoal…

Canadian-born, Cape Cod-based artist Jackie Reeves uses mixed media to bring together figurative and abstract elements in her art. She was raised in Montreal by architect parents and studied design art at Concordia University. Her artistic career began as a professional mural painter for corporate, private and public spaces. Concurrently, Reeves co-founded the Plymouth Community Art Center. In 2010 she earned her MFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has since exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Cape Cod, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. She has been profiled in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, Art New England, and Artscope Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod's Fellowship award for Visual Arts and was selected by them to paint the 32nd annual Boston Pops by the Sea commemorative painting in 2017.
A resident of the United States since 1995, Reeves currently lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Represented by
On Center Gallery, Provincetown, MA.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.