Collages from Durham, New Hampshire

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Hannah

Kim’s 8th grade class from Durham, New Hampshire, recently created their own collages. It was great getting to see what they came up with while using my “painting with paper” technique.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Ailla

Their work is pretty impressive. Back when I was in 8th grade, I remember the collages I used to make were more like what you traditionally think of when you think of collage. So seeing what these students made, while only using paper for the shadows and highlights for each composition, was wonderful.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Desiree

I enjoyed seeing how each student used a mixture of solid colors and textures.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Jennifer

Some pieces, like the one above, used a lot of variation in the shapes cut from the paper.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Katie
Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Maria

While other student artwork, like the two pieces above, had more rectangular magazine strips.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Mia
Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Sophie

It was absolutely wonderful seeing images of what the students made. I hope these young artists continue to make art.

Heels Collage

Heels by collage artist Megan Coyle

Although I started making collages back when I was in high school, I didn’t start getting serious about the medium until I was in college. “Heels” is a collage that I made in my free time outside of the painting classes I had to take as a painting major.

For this piece, I played around with using different patterns and textures, while still using some solid bits of color for the floor and wall in the background. Working on collages like this one is exactly what kept me interested in pursuing collage as a medium for my artwork.

Sea Explorer

Sea Explorer by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Sea Explorer” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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When I was growing up, turtles were one of my favorite animals. I remember I had a number of turtle figurines, and even had a turtle jewelry box. But of all the different species of turtle out there, my absolute favorite was the sea turtle. I thought they looked like such elegant creatures.

The other day I decided to piece together my first sea turtle collage, and as I was working on it, I remembered all those years that I was in awe of this creature. I think I should definitely tackle this subject matter again in the future.

Tomás Saraceno’s Stillness in Motion – Cloud Cities at SFMOMA

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

The other month I had a chance to visit San Francisco, and spent a few hours wandering around the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of my favorite pieces was the installation work by Tomás Saraceno – Stillness in Motion – Cloud Cities.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

I absolutely loved the simple, geometric shapes that took over the room. I also liked how he wove mirrors into these shapes, which continued to play with your perception of the depth of the room.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

Here you can get a sense of how large the webs are in relation to the museum patrons.

Tomás Saraceno's Stillness in Motion - Cloud Cities

It was wonderful learning about a new artist, and experiencing his work in-person. It was an inspiring visit that helped jump-start my creativity.

Mark and Sophie

Mark and Sophie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Mark and Sophie” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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“Mark and Sophie” is a portrait that I was commissioned to make for the wife of a former boss of mine – she wanted to give it to her husband for their anniversary.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a portrait collage, so this piece was definitely a bit of a struggle for me. Usually my collages are relatively flat when you look at the surface – I don’t usually use that many layers. However, for this piece, there are definitely sections where I built up the layers more so than others.

Here’s the sketch that this piece started off with:

Mark and Sophie sketch by Megan Coyle

You can see that it looks a lot different than the final piece. Sometimes my sketches don’t exactly look the way I want the final product to look, but they do give me an idea of how to block out the entire composition.

Anyway, although this piece was a struggle, eventually all the pieces fell into place. Just goes to show that if you keep at it with something, eventually you can accomplish your goal.

Collages from London, England

Coyle-inspired collages from London

Jennifer, a teacher from London, England, sent along images of her students’ artwork. The students are Year 1 at a London Primary School, and are five and six years old.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

The class learned about my artwork and then made their own collages.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

It was a lot of fun seeing what the kids made. And it’s wonderful to hear that at such a young age, they are learning all about how to paint with paper.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

While visiting San Francisco, Bosty decided to check out the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He especially wanted to see the Matisse and Diebenkorn exhibit.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

So right after he bought his ticket, he went straight to the Matisse and Diebenkorn show. Wow, just look at those bright, beautiful colors that Diebenkorn used!

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Next, Bosty wandered around the permanent collection for hours. He loved seeing some of Chuck Close’s intricate portraits.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

And Ellsworth Kelly’s bright, abstract paintings were another favorite, especially the painting that looked like painted pixels.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He also liked Ellsworth Kelly’s large, abstract paintings on panel.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty enjoyed seeing all the geometric minimalist work. He saw several pieces by Frank Stella that he just had to have his picture taken by.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

He was also surprised to see that Gerhardt Richter had made some colorful, minimalist paintings.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

And Bosty liked seeing some of Gerhard Richter’s work in his usual style.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

There were some pretty interesting sculptures in the museum too, like Antony Gormley’s “Quantum Cloud VIII,” which conveyed the body as a swarm of chaotic energy, and Richard Deacon’s “For Those Who Have Eyes,” which was a bulb shape based on the anatomy of the human eyeball.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Gunther Forg’s colorful, minimalist pieces were also fun to study for a while.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty really liked Roy Lichenstein’s comic book style art, since it was like looking at life-sized comics.

Bosty goes to SFMOMA

Bosty ended his visit by walking by Sol LeWitt’s installation art. The simplistic lines and shapes were pretty amazing to see. Overall, Bosty’s museum visit inspired him to want to visit more museums when he heads home to DC.

Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses by Megan Coyle

I made this mixed media piece back when I was in college. The assignment was to pick an object, and then repeat it multiple times while treating each version of the image in a different way. Since I was studying painting at the time, whenever I had assignments in my other studio art classes, I turned them into opportunities to work with collage. Here I used magazine cutouts, as well as fabric, thread, acrylic paint, color pencil, graphite, and oil pastel. I also remember having a lot of fun trying to come up with different ways of tackling the same subject. This might actually be a good exercise for me to explore sometime this year, just to kickstart and inspire my art-making process.

Animal Collages from Japan

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Bella

Erica’s Grade 3 class from Japan made their own animal collages after using one of my online collage lesson plans. It was wonderful getting to see images of their work – I like how several of the students incorporated magazine cutouts that had bits and pieces of text.

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Cate

I always enjoy hearing from students and teachers who study my work in school, and I enjoy it even more when I get to see what the students have made. It’s a lot of fun seeing how each artist has their own unique style and adds their own bit of personality to their art.

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Julie

I hope these students continue to make artwork. Their work is already very impressive, just imagine what they could accomplish in a few years!

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Kea
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Kiho
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Maya
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Mica
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Riahnna
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Ryota
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Sara
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Utaha
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Zita

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan

Foxy

Foxy collage by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Foxy” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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The other day I had a chance to finally finish a new collage – this fox portrait. I also was able to make another time lapse video, which was a lot of fun to put together:

What’s actually a little amusing is that for the previous time lapse videos I made, I used to sit underneath a tripod that held the video camera, trying with all my might not to bump into it while working on the collage. With this one, I realized I can just film the whole process upside down, then flip it when I edit the video. That way I’m free of working under a tripod. In the future, I’d also like to work on using better lighting for these to make it easier to see my process.