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Two day Collagraph Printmaking courses in artists studio near York

Duration: Two days

Price: £150

Run by: Emily Harvey
at Emily Harvey Printmaker


51 Drome Road
North Yorks
YO23 3TG

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About the Course

These packed courses provide you with all the information you need to get off to a flying start with collagraph printmaking, as well as supporting you to develop and extend your creative work with this fascinating technique.

Whether you are a new to collagraph or have already discovered it, the two day courses will give you lots of ideas and confidence to experiment with a wide range of materials.

“How are the courses structured?”
Generally the first day is devoted to designing and making plates and the following day is all about inking up and printing your plates in different ways.
There is plenty of time for discussion and questions and we regularly review our progress, sharing ideas and suggestions.

“What techniques will I learn?”
The courses cover the basic collagraph techniques of making plates, some may be familiar to you, many I have developed myself over the years.

We cover inking up and printing the plates in some detail, and this also includes a number of different techniques.

1. Platemaking
You will learn the technical aspects of constructing successful printing plates, from selecting the underlying substrate, through building up a design using layers, and sealing the plate ready for printing.

We experiment with a range of materials including;
- cement, glue, pastes and gels
- found materials such as leaves, feathers, fabric, papers, and lace
- self adhesive tapes of all descriptions including aluminium, fabric and pvc
- carborundum grit, plaster, sandpaper and odd bits and pieces rescued from the bin!

These are layered, torn, cut, burnt, glued and abraded, and generally played around with in order to construct a surface texture on the plate that will produce complex and interesting prints on paper and fabric.

2. Inking up and printing
You will learn the process of intaglio inking as well as relief inking and how to combine these two methods.

We use transparent etching inks from Hawthorn Printmaker, these colours can be combined and overlaid to create different moods and atmosphere in your prints.

A number of different printing techniques are possible:

- viscosity method is a fascinating process using layers of different coloured inks, which don’t mix on the plate, enabling you to print multiple colours in one go.

- incorporating metallic ink, paste, leaf and powder to add depth, light and movement to your prints.

- ‘Chine collee’ is a traditional collaging technique that enables you to add photos, text, extra colour and images to your prints.

- multiple pate printing enables you to design images with distinct areas of overlapping and separate colour.

Courses are responsive to your own ideas
Some of the two day courses focus more on specific aspects of collagraph printmaking, please see my website for details to choose the ones that interest you most. Due to the small group nature of the courses the content can generally be adapted to accommodate students interests.

All are suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

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

What's included in the price?

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 garden which is large and pretty wild. It has lots of windows and a wood burning so we are 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 good.

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.

Please email me to check there are places available, I will send you a booking form to be returned with 50% of the cost of your course as a deposit, the balance to be paid 2 weeks before the course.

If for any reason you need to cancel your booking your deposit will be refunded if you can give at least a months notice.

Extra course dates can be arranged for groups of 3 or 4 people.

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 bring is a packed lunch!

Want to review this course?

Emily’s courses are the very best printing workshops I have ever been on.Small groups,expert help and advice,totally inspirational.We all went home with some lovely prints.

- - #17426

Emily prepares well for her students. She asks beforehand if there is a particular area that students would like to work on. Generous supplies of materials are available. Emily is patient! She gives advice and encouragement gently and explains the processes along the way. Enjoyment, experimenting and fun are encouraged. One day is good but two days even better! Thank you Emily

- - #16873

A very enjoyable 2 day Course. Everything I asked for.
Pleased with my efforts. Will book again.

- - #16872

I highly recommend this course! Emily's approach is relaxed and combines just the right amount of information and guidance whilst letting us go with out own flow. We were contacted before the course to discuss the themes we were interested in, so the course was really tailored to us.
It was a luxury to have 2 days immersed in printing in such a lovely environment - Emily's workshop space and the garden were very conducive to creativity.
I was delighted with what I had achieved and came away with a stack of colourful prints and a desire to do more!!
Emily really is an excellent tutor!

- - #16863

Really well structured and fun course . I learned the basics ( and more!) about collagragh printing over these two days and really want to do more .Emily is welcoming , extremely knowledgeable and demonstrates everything so you can feel confident to get on and have a go . In short ... I loved it , and would recommend it to anyone !

- - #15177

I had so much fun and learned so much I'd recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn the basics of collograph printing
Emily was very organised and her spacious studio well set out to provide an excellent working space
She was generous with her time and information and not at all precious about her materials or tools and very informative about her methods and techniques
It was exciting to see the results that could be achieved with simple materials
I came away with a stack of plates, prints, ideas and information as well as a desire to do more

- - #15173

This is as an excellent introduction to collograph, ideal for beginners. As I had not used this technique before I learnt a lot and enjoyed experimenting, producing a variety of outcomes. Emily is very well organised and her studio set up to make it easy for a number of different users.
There is also opportunity to pick Emily's brains about materials and suppliers which was helpful.

- - #9371

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 4th May 2019
Monday 10th June 2019
Thursday 13th June 2019
Saturday 6th July 2019
Thursday 11th July 2019
Monday 5th August 2019
Monday 9th September 2019
Thursday 12th September 2019
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