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One-to-one Collagraph Plate Surgery with Genevieve Lavers - ONLINE

Whatever your inspirations, there's a whole plethora of ideas to try. Once you have an arsenal of trusted materials, you can start experimenting with formats too.


Are you just starting out in collagraphy, done a beginner's course perhaps, and now building your own collagraph plates at home? As any printmaker knows, it takes a while to explore new collage materials, and work out your own collagraph style. Sometimes plates work first time, sometimes they don't.

It took me several years to find the motivation to go back and rectify plates that weren't working; sometimes I didn't even know why they weren't good. I just abandoned them and moved on to something else.

Learning from mistakes is a very valid (also necessary) way to develop your skills in collagraphy, but guidance from another is definitely reassuring, and it can save you a lot of time if you are struggling to see how and where to make changes.

You book a slot, send me a photo of your current collagraph plates and their prints in advance (telling me a little about why you aren't happy with them), then I prepare some feedback and give you ideas to help you over your hurdle. We meet on Zoom, so I can demonstrate techniques if needs be, or show you examples of plates that I have made previously, to illustrate any suggestions I make.

Maybe you have no plates to "correct", but just don't know how to develop your style in collagraphy? You've reached an impasse. No problem. Book a surgery slot with me on Zoom, send me some images of your most recent prints (and the plates they were pulled from) and I can help you progress. A pair of fresh eyes viewing your work is often enough to clarify something you hadn't considered yourself. Feedback is so important in the creative process.


- I have been specialising in collagraphy since 2006, having attended several printmaking courses at the Arts University in Bournemouth. Otherwise, I have made many mistakes, tried many things, and slowly my style has developed.
- I am a qualified teacher, but also have many years working in the Special Needs sector.
- I have been running bespoke collagraph workshops in my home studio since 2014, and particularly enjoy working on a one-to-one basis to help others reach their own creative potential.
- My teaching style has never been about a "one-size-fits-all" approach; I enjoy finding ways to enhance each person's own individuality.
- I am friendly, organised, and keen to help.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

- An hour of my time on Zoom to discuss your work.
- Demonstrations (if required).
- As many tips as I can fit into the time available.
- Links to other websites may be provided too, or anything else that you need to progress.

What you will need

- Your collagraph plates and their prints (send me photos of these in advance so I can have a good look over a cup of coffee, and prepare some feedback).
- A notepad and pen to jot down what we discuss, although I can also send you a copy of the things I write on the whiteboard screen within Zoom.
- A place where you and I will not be distracted by others' noise while we are on Zoom.


Genevieve Lavers at gennytheprintmaker

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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