Introduction To Collagraph

Art |
26th February 2020

26 Feb – 27 Mar | 6.30pm to 9pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £80 (5 weeks)

As used by many prominent printmakers today, discover how to create prints using Collagraph printmaking techniques. Making collages on card plates, you will explore the simple processes using wet and dry techniques as well as cutting to create your design.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

Plates are created from card using a range of materials including ordinary household items, carborundum, sticky tape and wood glue as well as direct scratches and cuts. Experiment with materials and inking up. Your Tutor will guide you through the process of creating a plate, inking up and printing using the printing press.

Your Tutor will demonstrate techniques, and provide example prints with the emphasis very much on individual practical experience. There will be opportunities to discuss results individually and in the group.

In the first session, the focus will be on creating tone. Later, other materials will be used and plates developed with overprinting layers.

What do I need to bring with me?

All equipment and materials supplied though if you have some household materials such as textured wallpaper, fruit bag netting, this will be useful. Your tutor will advise further on this.

Printmaking is messy so wear old clothes!

You are advised to bring-

  • An apron or old shirt to protect clothes.
  • Gloves – latex or plastic

Be aware that some inks are oil-based and other materials contain solvents which may affect those with certain medical conditions

Bring ideas! If you have images, photographs or sketches that you would like to work from please bring these eg. images of buildings, structures, patterns.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011

Karen Lester


26th February 2020

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