Collage Workshop at Life Experiences


You might not think of collage as a medium that allows much flexibility or imagination. Paper isn’t fluid, like paint or ink, and its not easy to get the same level of detail you might get using a pencil. Its a craft that many learn as a small child, perhaps in school as a way to learn colors and shapes or maybe as part of a unit in art class. Few people continue to work with the medium beyond those early stages, but artist and educator Eric McRay has made a career out of the technique and brought his expertise to Life Experiences in Cary for a workshop.

Life Experiences is a non-profit that services adults with varying degrees of disabilities by offering them employment through one of the five small businesses they operate. Special-Needs individuals can find work at Life Experiences making brownies and banana bread for a local company’s meeting at the bakery, shredding confidential papers, or folding laundry for places like SAS and the Prestonwood Country Club, among other things. The program allows them the self-esteem of earning a wage for their work as well as gives them valuable life experiences.

Using markers, stickers, and colored construction paper, workshop participants created their compositions. In collage, pieces of paper can be torn, cut, layered and marked on to convey an emotion or depict a scene or object. While some people created holiday themed works complete with Christmas trees, presents, and stars, others created patterns using a repetition of shapes and colors. The combined artworks were a colorful example of the ways that art can be used as a form of therapy and a way to build community.


Cary Visual Art’s mission is to promote, inspire, encourage, and support visual arts for the uplifting of the human spirit in the Cary community. Through pairing local artists with underserved populations at our workshops, CVA works every day to nourish the hearts and minds of others. Past workshops have included bottle painting at Sunrise Senior Center and clay at the Lucy Daniels Center.

We are always looking for ways to encourage creativity in underserved populations. If you are an artist with a proposal or work for a group that may benefit from a workshop, contact us at

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