Make A Cubist Collage

Mary Swanzy was born in Dublin. She started learning by going to art classes and then went to study painting at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin.

Swanzy is celebrated as one of the first Irish Cubist painters. She took inspiration from everything around her, like a person or a landscape, and then used geometric shapes to re-create her inspiration into a cubist artwork.

You can see below how Swanzy recreated a landscape using lots of different shapes.


Abstract by Mary Swanzy


You are going to make your very own Swanzy inspired collage. Take a close look at nature and be creative with shapes and colours as you cut out your own masterpiece!

What you will need

  • Brightly coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • A clear space to work
  • Glue
  • Pencil


What to do

  • Take your scissors and cut out shapes from the brightly coloured paper. They can be any shape you want; they can be wavy like the sea or sharp like a cactus, they can be in the shape of love hearts or spell out words! Just let your imagination take over.
  • When you have made a pile of brightly coloured shapes take a large sheet of coloured paper and start composing your picture. This means arranging the shapes onto the page to make a picture that looks nice. Composition is very important to artists’ work. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your shapes, they can be apart or touching. You could even overlap them to make a new shape – just play around and see what happens.
  • Once you’re happy with your picture you can stick your paper shapes down.


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