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Off-the-Wall Assemblage

4-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, February 29 to March 21, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00XH

By Sharon Robinson

Enshrine personal mementos, objects, photos, and other materials in a unique three-dimensional form that can stand alone or be wall mounted. Working primarily with wood boxes of various types, explore a range of materials for collage and embellishment, including papers, paint, metal fixtures, watch parts, charms, wire, beads, and found objects. Options include adding doors, lighting, and other features to add dimension and interest.

Topics covered include choosing tools and materials, preparing collage papers and boxes, developing a theme or story line, surface preparation, adhesives and other methods of attaching objects, and performing simple image transfers.

Various types of small wooden boxes are provided, but students may bring their own, such cigar or fruit boxes or small crates (no plastic, please).

Some shared supplies are provided.

Students bring:

  • Minimum of 2-3 repurposed hard surface boxes (e.g., cigar boxes, small wooden crates, metal boxes, higher quality gift boxes, etc.)
  • Small jar or bottle of white gesso
  • Tube of E6000 glue (available from art supply/craft stores, hardware/big box retailers, Walmart, Target)
  • Scissors, Exacto Knife (there will be some to share, too)
  • Assortment of personal choice of decorative found objects/embellishments (e.g., old jewelry, buttons, charms, hardware, washers, wire, glass bottles, shells, souvenir items, etc.)
  • Any personal photos, mementos
  • Optional: collage papers, acrylic paints, additional small boxes (Altoid tins, matchboxes, etc.); tools and hardware such as small screwdrivers, wire cutters, decorative tacks, nails, screws, hinges, etc.


Instructor: Sharon Robinson

4 sessions; 4 hours each

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3041
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)