Montage – An assembly of images that relate to each other in some way to create a single work or part of a work of art
Note: A collage would be photographs, items or materials arranged on a background but a montage would be an arrangement of photographs, items or materials to create another image.
To remember the meaning of montage use the following mnemonic:
After the monkey has sabotaged (montage) my art display, I was able to assemble what was left into a new work of art.
The possibilities for making your own montage are endless. They can be as personal and creative as you like!
Sketch the basic outline of the image you want to create.
Use magazines and newspapers to find pictures or print your own photos. They can be pictures of things very personal to you and your hobbies, pets or family, or just ones you find interesting or pretty. You can either stick to the colours of the original – for instance oranges, whites and greens for a fox on a grassy background – or you can change them completely.
Cut and tear your pictures up into smaller pieces.
Lay the pieces out over the sketch to see what works and what doesn't before sticking them into place. Don't worry about the pieces fitting together like a jigsaw, they can overlap as much or as little as you like. Try to start with the background areas first and work your way forward to the foreground – this will give the impression that the top layer is further forwards, no matter how slight.