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Bespoke collagraphy masterclass in Dorset

Duration: 2 days (5 hours each day)

Price: £195

Book with: Genevieve Lavers
at gennytheprintmaker

Mildmay, Clenston Road
Winterborne Stickland, Nr Blandford Forum
DT11 0NP

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About the Course

This is a two-day workshop for a maximum of two people and takes place in my comfortable indoor studio. I have been teaching these bespoke workshops at home since 2014. They are popular as a 1:1 experience for artists wanting to add a new technique to their repertoire, as a special treat for two creative friends, and as a bonding experience for family members (so far I have taught grandmother and granddaughter, mother and daughter, mother and son). Beginners are also very welcome!

I have entitled this course a "Masterclass" because the quality and quantity of information I can provide on a one-to-one basis in my own home is far greater than teaching a group of six people, whereby limitations are necessary to ensure everyone has equal access to the press.

The price is per person, but if an adult is accompanying a family member under 18 I will give a discounted price. Contact me to discuss.

For two friends booking together the price is reduced to £165 each (if you can persuade a creative friend to join you, it is a worthwhile saving of £30 each).

The workshop is split into two 5-hour sessions. They are normally one week apart and you book the dates and times which suit you. If you are coming to Dorset from further afield, the workshop can be on two consecutive days (including a weekend) and I can recommend a lovely B&B nearby in picturesque Milton Abbas - only 8 minutes drive away. This is a beautiful area of Dorset, and if the weather is nice you can take a break on my raised "tea terrace" and admire the wonderful view from my garden.

In the first session you will make a minimum of three printing plates using a variety of textured materials glued onto a base of thin board. Once fully dry after the session, I varnish them ready for inking in the second session. I own a large intaglio press with an approximate bed size of 50 cm x 100 cm.

The bespoke workshops are adapted to suit your individual creative level and interests - by having personal attention, there is no queue for the press and you take home high quality prints ready to frame. If you are new to collagraphy I demonstrate all the basic techniques for plate construction and inking, and guide you in producing a set of original prints you can be proud of. If you are looking to build on your existing knowledge of collagraphy, I can customize the sessions to incorporate more advanced techniques. You use all my professional-grade materials, including oil-based etching inks and acid-free paper.

I am a qualified teacher and registered as a Supporter for the Trinity Arts Award. I have experience in differentiation to suit diverse learning abilities. I like to provide a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere which allows you some space to experiment, so I won't be looking over your shoulder all the time!

Collagraphy is a highly experimental and versatile type of "intaglio" printmaking. More importantly it is fun, and not limited to those who are skilled in drawing. The results can be very surprising - collagraphy is a match made in heaven for textural, abstract images. It is equally good for representational themes too - if you are inspired by something specific, let me know and I will show the best resources and techniques to produce the image of your choice.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

10 hours of individual tuition time relevant to your needs and interests.

Unlimited use of any of my selection of professional-grade oil-based etching inks.

Unlimited use of my 285 gsm acid-free Italian paper with 60% cotton content.

A supply of textural materials and mount board bases to build printing plates (a minimum of 3 in the time available).

Lunch: in the summer months a buffet of antipasti and cheeses, and homemade Dorset apple cake; in the winter months I make a hearty vegetable soup, served with bread, cheese and Dorset apple cake; teas and coffees. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free dietary options are available on request.

A Chinese tea ceremony in the afternoon on either of the two sessions (not compulsory if you prefer coffee!)

A warm welcome!

Want to review this course?

Genny is very thorough in her pre-preparation for the class, aiming to ensure you get what you want from the two sessions. She explains everything very well and allows lots of opportunities to take things in whatever direction you want, including experimenting with ideas which are new to her. I would wholeheartedly recommend her masterclass. It is full on as a one-to-one, however the learning experience and output is well worth it.

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Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Many thanks Fran for taking the time to send a review. I really appreciate all the positive feedback! I think you get the medal for the most output on one of my workshops, and your willingness to experiment with printing onto a variety of surfaces really paid off. Shall look forward to seeing how it all develops.

Genny is an extremely competent tutor, who is passionate and knowledgeable about her craft. I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend at Genny's bright and spacious studio and felt very welcome in her home. Nothing was too much trouble and I was treated to a delicious lunch, including home made cake and a Chinese tea ceremony! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone and I'm delighted with the prints I have made. I hope to visit Genny again soon. If you're looking for a relaxing and enjoyable workshop, this is the one for you....worth every penny.

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Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you Ali! It made my day reading that wonderful feedback! I hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend after last weekend's printmaking extravaganza! I thought you achieved a really nice balance of relaxation with commitment to learning the techniques, and for a first go with collagraphy the outcomes were incredibly successful. Hope to see you back in the studio!! Many thanks for taking the time to write the review.

This course is brilliant even if you've never done any printmaking before. I did Genny's two-part introduction to collagraphs a while ago and absolutely loved it - have been back for more one-day studio sessions since. Genny is endlessly patient with my chronically messy way of working, endlessly tolerant of my 'what-if...' ideas, and endlessly helpful with suggestions when I get stuck and have no ideas at all! I was amazed by what I was able to produce in my first printing session and I have prints from subsequent sessions hanging on my walls. I love all the tea-lore you learn alongside the printing techniques too! Also the cake is delicious.

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Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you for such a positive review. Your creative ideas were wonderful and perfectly suited to the experimental nature of collagraphy! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

My daughter and I spent two enjoyable, and productive, days with Genny, learning the basics of collagraph printmaking. Neither of us had attempted any type of printmaking before, but Genny put us at ease, and by the end of day two we had both managed to make seven prints, which clearly demonstrated the progression of skills we had been taught.
We went home with inky fingers and a sense of pride, and hope to return to learn more!
My daughter was attending the workshop as part of the work she was doing for the gold level Arts Award (Trinity), and Genny had clearly researched what needed to be covered during the workshop in readiness for our arrival. She, very successfully, managed to teach and support my daughter, and inspired her to merge the skills she had learnt with the ceramics she already produces.
Thank you very much!

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Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you for your lovely review! Wishing you both all the best, and good luck with the arts award. Hope to see you again soon!

My son and I are pictured in the photographs. We attended a two day workshop together. He is 13 and told me that he is not very good at Art. What he produced in 2 days was utterly amazing and he used it to help him achieve his 2nd degree black belt. I loved creating dragonflies and got in touch with my well hidden creative side. The course was really well planned and Genny got the pace exactly right. She was able to appeal to us both at the same time and inspire us both. I must say I would thoroughly recommend this course.

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Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you for such wonderful feedback! It was a joy to teach your bespoke workshop; you both worked hard and were so receptive to ideas. It was great fun and I learnt a lot about kickboxing!

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