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3hr Contemporary Collage Workshop - Max 7 people

Next Available: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
(Private Dates Available)
3 hours
Group Size: 6 - 12
Over 20 people have attended this class


Bring along yourself and/or your bestie, secret-not-so-secret crush, visiting family/friends, date or loved ones and surprise yourself with the always-unexpected result of the most unique piece of art straight from your imagination!

You’ll be presented with an eclectic collection of a specially curated selection of paper paraphernalia (vintage children’s books, encyclopaedias, National Geographics, calendars from olde, etc) and led through a step-by-step approach. The deeper we go into the workshop, the more freedom you’ll have, but I’ll be there to gently guide you all along the way, without being invasive.

Welcome to the incomparable thrill of cutting into what you’ve always been told wasn’t allowed. You’ll cut out ONLY the parts that resonate with YOU, that matter and stand out to YOU. The result will be something UNIQUELY YOU.

Groups are kept small (max 7) so it’s not overwhelming, and light refreshments & French background music will be served. You’ll be sitting in the dreamiest, light-filled studio on the planet, situated next to a stunning pool with water fountains. It’s a healing sort of place – one that makes people leave with a smile.

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What you will learn

  • I'll share examples with you of different ideas/styles so you can get i n s p i r e d !
  • Tips & tricks when it comes to different cutting, pasting (or non-pasting) and layout styles (suggestions from you also welcome, of course!).
  • Then it's PLAY TIME, because by now your creative juices will be flowing like mad and your hands shall be ITCHING to start CUTTING & ASSEMBLING! I'll guide you into sourcing for ideas & images and leave time for you to enjoy the adventure of finding your pieces that will make your whole! You'll explore the way(s) that best work for you in assembling your pieces together.

What you will get

  • ALL materials will be provided.

What to bring

  • Left-handed friends, please bring your special left-handed scissors xx
  • Any words (poems, lyrics, letters, literature) & photos/prints/paper materials you may wish to incorporate into your art piece. However, the wide, eclectic selection of visual material I’ll provide, will be more than enough if you choose to come as a clean slate (the latter HIGHLY recommended)!
  • Although light refreshments will be provided, including basic tea/coffee-making facilities, you’re welcome to BYO plate/preferred drink(s) to share.

What to wear

Comfortable clothing, ideally NO long, flowing sleeves... unless you can roll/push them up.

Appropriate for

Suitable for ages 8-100yrs of ALL skill levels (beginners totally welcome) & anyone who can SAFELY deal with sharp things, like "grown-up" scissors!

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Some light refreshments (incl coffee & tea). Welcome to BYO water bottle/plate. High-res flatbed scanner if you'd like to digitize your art.


(29 Reviews)

Hi, my name is Rochelle Van Der Merwe

As multi-disciplinary artist, I find exploring ideas through storytelling with imagery & words 

via contemporary collage 

a very effective way of connection 


creating a sense of 


Collage allows us to deconstruct & reconstruct the world how we see it. 

It gives you an opportunity to 

create a new universe

irrespective of how 






I am especially drawn to how contemporary collage gives new life &meaning 

to pre-used books and imagery

so they no longer lie alone in the corner and gather dust. 

We already have so much in this world, 

so collage offers 

an opportunity 


waste less 


My studio, 


is located at the pool in

MONTSALVAT, Australia's oldest continuously active artists' community

In fact, 

it's my MOST FAVOURITE room 



whole, wide world. 

Read all about it HERE!

My work has been featured in both SOLO & group exhibitions

As an immigrant from South Africa & as a trauma survivor,
I am passionate about using art-making 

as a way to thread our connection back to
our authentic selves
true expression

What drives me, is to share & learn

which is why teaching has always 

drawn me like a magnet.

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Your Teacher

My name is Rochelle Van Der Merwe, owner of STORYHOLDING - a small studio with a BIG heart.

I am a multidisciplinary artist with a special interest in storytelling through the Written Word, Contemporary Collage and Fine Art Photography.

I create original contemporary collage art pieces for exhibitions and sell limited-edition archival fine art prints.

Working with my hands is essential to connecting me back to a centre of calm. It brings me so much joy, that I find great pleasure in sharing my learnings through offering workshops, term classes, private bookings, and collaborations with learning institutions and other projects.

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5.0 (2 reviews)
Alannahrated it
What a wonderful class! My daughter absolutely loved the session. The studio is a beautiful space and Rochelle is such a lovely person and so kind and patient with the kids. Thankyou!
Ariarated it
18 Sep 2023
Aria and Jess had a lovely time creating their collage pieces with Rochelle in the stunning Monstalvat studios.

Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 5 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested anytime before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Storyholding or organised by Storyholding must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Storyholding.


I agree to give Storyholding unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Storyholding  classes and events or on Storyholding premises. (For use of Storyholding marketing materials).


To secure your place in a class, course or workshop, full payment at the time of booking is required.

Bookings are only accepted through the online portal at www.storyholding.weteachme.com/.

Payment of class, course or workshop fees can only be made through the online portal at  www.storyholding.weteachme.com/.

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