How to Use Color, Tone & Textures to Create Cinematic Photomontages

What makes for a convincing photo montage? How can you consciously use color or depth of field in your own photo-montage to create a specific atmosphere and subtly direct the emotional response of the viewer?

On Sunday, June 7, 12 PM EDT, join VAWAAA Artist and photomontage artist Annette, and learn how to apply these elements to create your own visual story through a cinematic photomontage.

We’ll analyze photo-montages of Martha Rosler, Sean Hillen, Louise Erhard and Annette Luycx, to see how they combined photos into a convincing visual narrative. We will look at the techniques of composition and perspective they use to initiate you into the practice of photo-montage: letting the disparate photographic elements meld seamlessly to create a sense of magic realism.

Then we’ll learn how to create our own cinematic reality that uses space, color, temperature and depth of field in a photo montage.

This is the last session of a specially curated 3-session series Films to Photomontage: Using Color, Tones & Textures To Create Cinematic Narratives in collaboration with two VAWAA artists – fine artist Clarissa from United States and Annette from Greece.

In first two sessions, we looked into works of iconic films and producers and focused on the use of color, tones, textures, and depth of field that help create subtle visual cues and emotional arc to support the narrative of the film. All are welcome, even if you missed the first two sessions.

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What you'll need

- Cut-out photos from photographs and magazine clippings of a person you like (whole body or just face), a landscape or room with filmic atmosphere, maybe a wall or window cut out from another photo, trees and any other part of a photo you like!
- scissors
- UHU stick glue
- paper or cardboard to use as background

How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send the link and details to join via email a few hours before each session begins.

About Annette

Annette is a collage and photomontage artist based in Athens beautiful countryside. Trained in prestigious art schools in United States, France, Austria and Greece, she has been focusing on collage, photomontage and mixed media for three decades. Led by a passion for theatre and the human soul, her photo montages look like "film stills" of human relationships and made with scissors, glue, found photographs or photographs taken by her. She creates collage portraits that are deconstructions of familiar everyday faces, to shed light into the sinews of their being. She strives to merge fantasy and reality in each composition that lead us to the dreamland of human emotions. Dostoyevsky, Ibsen, Bergman and Hitchcock inspire her, including collage artists like Hannah Hoch, Max Ernst, Martha Rosler and John Stezaker.

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"I’ll just say this- working with Annette left me hungry to know more." - Colleen

"Annette's passion for collage and human discovery shine brightly. I loved the format of the entire workshop. Thank you for an insightful two hours of creative expression!" - Christina

"This was a delightful hands-on experience which allows us to tap into our inner selves and try to express what we find. Annette is an excellent teacher and clearly knows what she’s doing." - A.

Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward and would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends.