Wild Bunch printed collage activity

Alison Smith

We're keen to inspire making in all forms while our galleries are closed, so we've been working with artists to create a series of Art at Home resources, inspired by our current exhibition Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body.

Our second activity has been developed with local printmaker Kirstie Williams, who was preparing to deliver our lino printing workshop (which we aim to reschedule once the gallery reopens).

Kirstie has taken inspiration from the Wild Bunch figures and the rich textures that appear in Paloma Varga Weisz's work, and tasks you to use household materials to create different printed textures and patterns, then use your prints to make a collage of a 'wild' family.

This resource is aimed at primary and secondary age children, but may spark ideas in keen creatives of any age! Teachers are welcome to adapt and tailor this resource to suit their pupils.

Download our step-by-step guide to making your very own Wild Bunch collage here:

Wild Bunch printed collage resources (PDF)

The Challenge

Explore printing and mark making to create interesting patterns and textures, which you’ll use to make a collage of characters inspired by Paloma Varga Weisz’s Wild Bunch sculptures.

The Inspiration

Wild Bunch is a series of small ceramic sculptures. They are fantastical creatures arranged in 'families'. They look human, but have animal-like features. The artist was inspired by the endless possibilities of childrens’ imaginations.

This activity is all about patterns and textures, so you can also take inspiration from other sculptures in the Bumped Body exhibition. Paloma Paloma Varga Weisz often uses natural materials, and carves many of her sculptures from wood. Cabinet includes lots of small objects and carvings. Look closely at the images of these objects of these objects to get some ideas for your prints.

What you'll need

  • Plain paper (plus coloured paper or card for the collage if you have it)
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • String
  • Cardboard
  • Ink rollers or paintbrushes
  • A damp cloth and water pot for cleaning brushes and stamps between colours
  • Ink or acrylic paint to print with
  • Household materials for mark making such as bubblewrap, toilet roll tubes, plastic bags, cling film, tissue paper (anything disposable that has an interesting texture)
  • A flat paint tray, or something you can use to spread ink or paint in (e.g. a flat dish, paper plate or even a thick piece of card covered in cling film

Download our step-by-step guide to making your very own Wild Bunch collage here:

Wild Bunch printed collage resources (PDF)

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment