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One-to-one Collagraphy Taster Course for Beginners with Genevieve Lavers - ONLINE

A small abstract collagraph plate with textural elements, inked two ways. (monochrome and colour-blending)


This is an opportunity for you to try out collagraph printmaking from the comfort of your home. There are two dates to attend online: session one for the plate building (1.5 hours), and session two for the inking (also 1.5 hours). When you book the first date, we will agree on the second date to suit both of us. Attending both dates is necessary.

Collagraphy is a type of printmaking that uses a variety of textural elements glued onto a base plate. It is fun and safe, and requires no prior artistic skill - just the ability to glue things down, and some imagination! If you are artistic though, then there is plenty of scope to run wild with your ideas.

This taster course is designed for a complete beginner, and you will work alongside me as I demonstrate some basic skills to get you started with this very experimental form of printmaking. I will send you a pack containing materials to use in constructing and inking your collagraph plates, and I will also provide a list of additional things you will need to provide yourself. The aim is to keep your financial outlay to a minimum, until you're sure you want to take this printmaking technique further, so I will do my best to keep the shopping list very short.

As you are unlikely to have access to an intaglio press, we will build collagraph plates with this in mind; good results can be achieved with an old-fashioned rolling pin and inking "in relief" with a roller. Time permitting, I will demonstrate the intaglio inking technique for you, so you can understand what it means, and just in case you were planning to invest in an intaglio press at some stage.

By the end of the first session you will have made two collagraph plates: the first will be abstract and textural, the second may relate to a seasonal theme and will be more representational. However, as this is a one-to-one course, we can select themes that resonate with you personally. By the end of the second session you will have produced a few hand-inked collagraph prints from both of the plates you made in session one.

This taster should give you the basics! It should help you decide whether you want to pursue collagraphy further; by providing most of the materials you need, you can watch how I do it and learn alongside me.

Having attended my online taster course, you might be intrigued enough to consider learning more, and you are very welcome to come to my home studio in Dorset for a special two-day bespoke collagraphy workshop, where you can use my intaglio press and develop your skills further. Details for this are given separately in my course listings. These bespoke workshops are for one person only (or 2 friends) and are compliant with Covid guidelines.

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?

- 3 hours of online tuition and demonstration, split between two separate dates (usually one week apart) - session 1 and session 2 last 1.5 hours each.
- some blank plates and a selection of textural materials.
- Sundries needed for inking your plates in session 2.
- Fabriano paper squares (220 gsm) to print onto in session 2.
- Demonstrations to show techniques in plate construction and inking.
- Work alongside me to build your own collage plates.

What you will need

PVA glue, scissors, pencil. More details will be given after booking, but most items will be things you are likely to have anyway.

A tube of ink is likely to be around £10. I may demonstrate inking with 2 colours, but monochrome collagraphs look stunning - so for this taster you can definitely get great results with just one colour. Information on inks and where to buy them will be sent to you once you have booked.

You also need a roller. Again, I will send links for places to buy them, but these aren't generally too expensive.


Genevieve Lavers at gennytheprintmaker

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
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  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users
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