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Two-day Collagraphy Taster Course for Beginners with Genevieve Lavers - ONLINE

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

About the Course

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, and session two for the inking. There is space for up to 5 people, and 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 ability - just the ability to glue things down, and some imagination!

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 some 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 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. I will demonstrate the intaglio inking technique for you, but for your own plates at home we will mostly print in relief.

By the end of the first session you will have made two collagraph plates: the first will be abstract and textural, the second will relate to a seasonal theme and will be more representational. 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!

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. 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.

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?

- 5 hours of online tuition and demonstration, split between two separate dates one week apart - session 1 and session 2 last 2.5 hours each.
- 3 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 note about ink: you will need to purchase a minimum of one tube of printing ink. I will provide details when you book. This 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.

You also need a roller. Again, I will send details with links, but these aren't generally too expensive.


Genevieve Lavers at gennytheprintmaker

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  • Adults
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  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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2 days (10:30am to 1:00pm)

Next available date

26th November 2020

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