【Kids Museum】Collage Workshop





Li Qiang

Collage Workshop: Looking for A Tree

Tutor: Li Qiang
Age Group: 6-14
Time: 2 June 14:00-16:00
Location: Interactive Multimedia Hall (5F) Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

About the workshop

To collage letters

We know that traditional art is usually based on a piece of white paper, with colors and other materials added to become an artwork; now I want to tell you a new art method - the ‘subtraction’ of art, tearing off the extra colors and text in the book and leaving the desired color. Each line, each color is presented because the surrounding colors are torn off. A book can be turned into a letter; a photo becomes a line.......

Use the magazine to look for the rainbow

It is hard to imagine using the ‘subtraction’ to tear off the irrelevant colors in the magazine, and use the left lines and contours to create a new Jieziyuan? Tearing the magazine into a rainbow? Finding a letter in that? Looking for a portrait from a magazine... There is an experience that allows you to experience the joy of tearing, the pleasure of looking for, the process of brainstorms, and the interaction with artists and children. Isn’t it exciting to even think about it?

Jieziyuan (Mustard Seed Garden) picture and the color left by the tearing of this picture

‘Looking for a Tree’ Collage Workshop is a ‘design + painting + handicraft’ activity specially designed for children by Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum alongside with the current exhibition 2018 John Moore Painting Prize (China) exhibition. Li Qiang, an artist from Beijing, will lead the children to use the environment-friendly material ‘magazine’ as the creative material, following the color and texture, and to complete the ‘looking for’ a tree with the parents by tearing.
This activity aims to provide parents and children with the opportunity to observe the world we live in with new methods and perspectives. We encourage you to use your own ideas, combine the environment we live in, and use recycled materials to present the ideals. ‘Completely different from the current popular collage method, we use the subtraction, by tearing, this destructive behavior, to push the image to constantly rub and collide with the surroundings and establish the relationships. Thus different levels of images and information are “teared” and it becomes an abstract line and texture. The torn pieces together with the left image make the artwork a scene that is happening.’

This activity combines painting and hand-made methods, not only suitable for children and those who have no experience, but also fit for people with several visual expression experience to explore. When you start tearing the paper by hand, you will discover a new world; and then it will test your patience, strength and imagination.

Come and get into our potentials, and look for the tree in your dreams! Perhaps like the tree full of flowers that Anthony is looking for, its name is hope, and it grows secretly in our hearts.


To discover the beauty of life, we should begin with ‘subtraction’; in the context of excessive informatization, let’s tear off some extra information and restore the original way of life! Therefore, tearing is an attitude, and tearing is a kind of creation! Tearing is a start and then requires:

1. Make clear that ‘art is first a life attitude’.
2. Dig or cultivate sensibility
3. Protect or train your imagination
4. Learn to think and transform
5. Find the best way to express yourself
6. Constantly exploring the aesthetic tendency
7. Don’t forget that you are the best piece of artwork.

Special reminder:

Please every family bring two magazine books as the creative material.

About tutor

Li Qiang

Li Qiang was born in 1966 in Jiangsu, and now works in Beijing, China. He started print making since 1990s. His focus is the ground texture of the country culture. Since 2009, he began using the magazines and books as medium; by tearing, he tries to destroy and reconstitute the mass media.

His solo exhibitions include Beijing Art Club (2017), Revelation of Human Body, 798 Enjoy Museum of Art (2017), Klein Sun Gallery, New York (2016), God’s Debris 798 Enjoy Museum of Art, Beijing, China (2014), Cell Phone Diary, Shanghai Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China (2007).

His work has also been included in several group shows, such as Echo of Civilization (2017), CAFAAartMUSEUM (2016), The Third Chinese Oil Painting Biennale (2016), The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2015), Voice of the Unseen – Chinese Independent Art 1979 –Today, a Collateral Event of Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013), left and right, Hong Studio (2012), Frederieke Taylor Gallery (2009), 2008 Beijing 798 Art Festival.

His works are collected by White Rabbit Gallery, Australia, National Art Museum of China, The Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai Art Museum, Beijing International Art Gallery, Jiangsu Art Museum, and the art museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

He also won the silver prize at The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum (2015).