Pak Sheung-Chuen: Newspaper Collages

Pak Sheung-Chuen: Newspaper Collages

Summer 2013 Resident Artist Pak Sheung-Chuen is a writer and artist who creates conceptual artwork that explores contradictions in the odd and uneventful events of daily life.

In this activity, you will create the front page of your own newspaper by creating a collage that combines both written and image-based components.

Paper (different kinds, different sizes; the larger, the better!)
Newspapers and magazines
Writing utensils (markers, pencils)
Glue or tape


  1. Gather and look at newspapers for layout inspiration. Consider their design, the placement of articles and related images, headlines, ads, and title of the publication.
  1. Brainstorm about what you would like your newspaper to feature—will it be all about yourself, your family, your growing collection of plants? Then, use a pencil or marker to sketch your newspaper layout onto your blank paper.
  1. Search through magazines and newspapers for useful shapes, images and corresponding words. If you can’t find the perfect words, create them by cutting out individual letters.
  1. Experiment with the placement of your images and words. Layer and overlap images, mix fonts, create new shapes or patterns; BE CREATIVE!
  1. Once you’ve decided on the placement of your images and words, glue or tape them in place.
  1. Create a title for your composition and share on social media tag us: @artpace, #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.

To read about Pak Sheung-Chuen’s 2013 International Artist-in-Residence exhibition, Traveler’s Notes: San Antonio 2013,5,28-2013.7.14, and view the complete TEKS-aligned Newspaper Collages lesson plan and others, please visit our Educator Resources page.

Sample created by Artpace Teen Council member, Esther Wheatley
Pak’s artwork from Mingpao Newspaper