Course Start DatesThursday 16th April 2020
About the Course
The one day courses provide a great introduction to the principles of collagraph printmaking. Absorbing and fun, the day will give you a creative boost and may well be the start of your collagraph journey!
"What is a collagraph?"
Collagraph printmaking involves creating different collaged textures on a printing plate – the various everyday materials we use all take the ink differently, giving exciting and surprising images when printed on paper using an etching press.
"What happens on the day?"
We design and make a plate in the morning and print it in the afternoon. By the end of the day you will understand how to get different tones and textures in your plate, and be able to ink up in both intaglio and relief.
Once you have made your plate you are only half way there. The way you ink it up can produce a very varied range of prints, sometimes it is hard to believe they all came from a single plate.
During the day we will explore different ways of inking and printing a plate; using and combining colour, viscosity method, intaglio with relief, over printing and collaging elements into the print.
As the possibilities are so broad, some of the one day courses place more emphasis on specific aspects of collagraph printmaking, please see my website for details to choose the ones that interest you most.
Due to the small number of students the course content can be flexible and generally requests for particular techniques can be included.
"Is it the right level for me?"
All courses are suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
You don't need to be able to draw, or have any particular art experience. In fact several students have come along to accompany a 'creative' friend or partner and discovered that they are really quite creative themselves.
If you already have experience of printmaking the methods and techniques you learn on these short courses will add to your practice, and inspire new avenues of creativity.
A Creative Approach
All the courses aim to free up thinking and technique, encouraging an inquisitive experimental approach that can feed back into your own creative work, whatever that may be.
The atmosphere is friendly and informal, encouraging people to share ideas and learn from each other, with a maximum of 4 students to ensure everyone has space and time for 1-1 tuition.
The Studio and facilities
The studio is at Copmanthorpe, just off the A64, about 4 miles south of York. (YO23 3TG) This is on a bus route, and there is plenty of parking on site.
The studio (3m x 9m) is in the 1 acre garden. It has lots of windows and a wood burning so can be very cosy when it’s cold outside.
French doors open onto a hard area with tables and chairs - there is plenty of room to work outside when the weather is sunny.
The large workshop area attached to the studio has a big exhibition wall so we can see all our work developing, this way of sharing and viewing work has proved very popular with students.
It also has a seating area, small library of printmaking books and, of course, drinks and biscuits.
First, please contact me first (using the 'Contact) link above to check that there are spaces and ask any questions you need to.
Then return the booking form with the full course fee.
If you can’t make any of the programmed dates, just gather a group of 3 or 4 people together and we can fix a date that suits. Choose from any of the advertised courses or we can devise one especially for your particular group.
If for any reason you can’t attend the course let me know up to one month before and the full fee minus 10% to cover admin, will be returned.
If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the course there is no refund, however your fee can be put towards the cost of another course, either this year or next. Alternatively, if you have creative friends you could find someone else to take your place.
If for any reason I need to cancel a course will I give a full refund or re-arrange a new date to suit.
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?
Materials and equipment
Everyone makes several plates and a mini portfolio of about 10 – 15 completed prints to take home.
The fee includes unlimited paper, ink, drinks and biscuits as well as illustrated course hand-outs.
All materials and equipment, including two etching presses, and specialist large rollers are provided.
The only thing you need to remember to bring is a packed lunch!
My two daughters and I were greeted by Emily and a blackboard with a welcoming message.
I have been on a lot of Craft Courses, and can only say that Emily's thoughtful preparation, attention to detail and sense of fun were second to none. She is a true professional. As almost complete beginners we were treated to clear instructions and individual help, and swept along in a delightful flow of creativity. We tried out different ways of preparing plates and printing, then all our prints were displayed on a wall. Emily encouraged us not to plan too much, but to experiment and see what happened. An added bonus was eating our picnic lunch in Emily's very beautiful garden.
Pat Thomas - - #24216
What a wonderful inspiring time we had. Emily was so organised, skilled, and encouraging.
Because the class was small, we had time to experiment. We were so enthused that we plan to
do more ourselves with a newly purchased portable printing machine.
Thank you Emily.
Terry Bourne - - #23852
As usual Emily’s workshop was well organised, informative and lots of fun. We learned some new techniques and had them plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice, with help, advice and support when needed. A great day!
Bridget Hunt - - #22015
A well run and informative day which was exactly what I was looking for. The small number of participants meant that there was plenty of time for hands-on experience as well as one-to-one tuition with Emily.
The studio was well organised with individual work-stations for the participants. All in all a day well spent.
Danny Barbour - - #5471
I had a lovely day and would strongly recommend this workshop to anyone with an interest in printing. We were given clear guidelines and instructions but encouraged to experiment and go our own way too. Emily is a great tutor; really well prepared, making even complex processes seem straight forward, and unfailingly positive. I went as a complete beginner and by lunchtime had signed up for the two day extension course. The facilities are great and Emily encourages a relaxed, informal atmosphere that meant it was really enjoyable.
Julie Bancroft - - #5429
I had a wonderful day. The instruction was very clear and I was able to experiment myself with making collograph plates. I had no idea how they would turn out so when it came to printing them I realised how I might have done things differently, so now I have some prints I am very pleased with and I am very keen to do more so I can play with my new ideas.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the feedback from the tutor and other participants was always encouraging!
Sue Morgan Williams - - #5396
I attended an extension of the collagraph course - I felt I needed a push onto the next level and boy was I pushed. Emily's motto when asked "what will happen if" was always " lets try it" and that gave me the confidence to open my mind to the " What If" syndrome and not to be frightened of trying new things.
I left with a large amount of prints , a feeling of a new thing learnt and I had a great day with an excellent and very friendly tutor.
I feel more courses coming on!!!
June Barker - - #5395
The day was full of information and fun! I experienced several techniques, each of which was explained fully and accurately. During the morning, I was able to set up the plates and then after lunch, the real fun began, when I saw each plate come to life in a variety of colours. Each stage was demonstrated, whether it be how to prepare the paint and paper, or how to clean the plate to re-use it.
I would thoroughly recommend this one day course, but you won't want it to stop there! I get the feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and there will be many more hours spent in exploring the endless, imaginative ways to put ideas on to paper.
Sue Heath - - #5392
Really enjoyable course, where I was encouraged to push the boat out with my own ideas.
Pamela Glanville - - #5390
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