Enriching lives through art and craft

Gleaning: Collage and Found Images

May 22 - 27, 2022

Billy Renkl  ·  billyrenkl.com

Workshop at a glance

Our lives are awash in images, and those images can be a rich source for an artist looking to make work not just about their life, but out of the very material of their life.


  • Combining found images in a way that recognizes the previous meaning and life of those images
  • Using found images to express personally meaningful stories, opinions, and beliefs


  • X-acto knives and scissors
  • Various glues, focusing on gel medium
  • Books, magazines, other printed ephemera
  • Ways of incorporating mixed media according to the participant’s interest


  • Develop an understanding of the origins of collage 120 years ago
  • 8+ collages exploring a range of prompts
  • Familiarity with collage artists

Artist Bio

Billy Renkl is an artist and illustrator and teaches art and design at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He received a BFA in visual communications from Auburn University and an MFA in drawing from the University of South Carolina for an MFA in drawing. Renkl’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including at The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Taylor Bercier Fine Arts in New Orleans, Vanderbilt University, The University of Kentucky, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Galerie Neue Raume, Berlin, Germany. He recently illustrated the picture book When You Breathe for Cameron Kids.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will explore a variety of approaches to using found images and explore ways artists have used collage over the last 120 years. Although you will experiment with cutting and gluing techniques, a fruitful collage practice doesn’t always depend on manual skills. The class focus will be on the development of personally expressive work using found paper and the ways those existing images can communicate in new ways. “I think a picture is more like the real world,” Robert Rauschenberg said, “when it is made out of the real world.” Participants are encouraged to bring materials gleaned from their own lives, in addition to those provided. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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