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2-Day Bespoke Collagraphy Masterclass in Dorset


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This is a two-day workshop for a maximum of two people and takes place in my comfortable indoor studio on dates of your choice. The two days both last five hours and can be on consecutive days, or taken a week apart for instance. Weekends are also available. It's up to you - we just need to co-ordinate our diaries and we're good to go. The price includes a delicious lunch on both days, using locally-sourced Dorset produce, and homemade cake.

IMPORTANT: I am now using the CraftCourses online booking system, which means that course dates are booked and paid for via this site rather than directly with me. This course takes place over two dates. Contact me first to discuss date options, before booking, it will be much easier. Otherwise, it might mean you need to re-book a few times to get the best combination of dates to suit us both (you only pay once I accept your chosen dates). I have removed all the dates I know I am not available, so it should work just as successfully as the previous system.

Collagraphy is sometimes called "mixed media printmaking", because it involves the use of a variety of materials to construct the printing plate.
It is a highly experimental and versatile type of "intaglio" printmaking. More importantly it is fun, and not limited to those who have prior experience in art. 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.

I have been teaching these bespoke printing 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 particularly welcome, because it's a joy to share all my knowledge to someone who is just starting out on their art journey.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Day one:
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. Lunch is included.

Day two:
You will learn how to ink the collage plates you have made, and then use my intaglio press to create your own original prints to take home. Lunch is included.

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.

So let's print!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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, and depending on the level of detail you wish to include).

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. Wherever possible, I source local Dorset produce!

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

A warm welcome!


Genevieve Lavers at gennytheprintmaker
Mildmay, Clenston Road
Winterborne Stickland, Nr Blandford Forum
DT11 0NP
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In-person course
- - #29675

My friend Jill and I returned for a second time, doing a one day workshop printing plates that we had made at home. With Genny’s excellent help and supervision we did five prints each and had a super day. Another delicious lunch of lentil soup, bread, cheese and salad.
So much to learn and try, I’m sure we’ll be back again when time and Corona virus permits.

Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you for sending in a second review! It is helpful for people to know there are options to return without doing a full two-day workshop again. I am glad you are finding collagraphy fun! Let's hope we'll be able to get together again and print some more, when everything returns to normal. Take care X

In-person course
- - #28134

My friend Jill and I loved this course learning a new art/craft with such exciting possibilities. Genny is an excellent teacher who took us through all the processes involved with great ease. She dealt easily with our different artistic abilities and approaches. We worked hard but it was very relaxing at the same time with lots of informative conversation. At the end of both days we were a bit tired but very pleased with what we had done and eager to do more. We are definitely hoping to come back again.
The lunches were super-homemade soup and local cheeses and bread the first time and a delicious salad with local trout pate and cheeses the second time. And of course, not forgetting Genny’s home made cake with our coffee/tea! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in printmaking.

Response from gennytheprintmaker:

This is a truly lovely review Teresa! Many thanks for taking the time to do it! I hope you and Jill continue to explore printmaking, and I would love to have you back!!

In-person course
- - #27782

I really enjoyed my 2 day course with Genny. She had clearly prepared specifically to meet my needs and also did some homework afterwards to generate a Power point presentation of what had been achieved, which I'm already putting into practice. Lunch was excellent too.

Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Hello Christine, many thanks for such a great endorsement! I must say, I can't wait to see how you progress and develop your chameleon theme. Do stay in touch, and I am happy to help with advice and suggestions at any time.

In-person course
- - #25666

This course really was bespoke. It left me feeling inspired to rush home and implement all my newly learnt skills. Genny was a wonderful teacher. She was quickly able to work out what level I was at and guide me forwards, whilst making me feel like I had lots to offer the creative process. She listened carefully to what I wanted to achieve, and encouraged my ideas, whilst providing plenty of inspiration as well as expert knowledge and skills. A fantastic 2 days.

Response from gennytheprintmaker:

Thank you so much Alice for a such a glowing review. In terms of what I always hope to achieve as a tutor in these bespoke "masterclasses", I couldn't have asked for anything better. You arrived with such a positive and open-minded attitude; the success of your workshop was definitely a two-way process. Best of luck with your printmaking at home, and keep me posted! I am here to help if needed.

In-person course
- - #23689

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.

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.

In-person course
- - #23630

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.

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.

In-person course
- - #19367

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.

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!

In-person course
- - #19225

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!

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!

In-person course
- - #19173

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.

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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