This course offers a comprehensive and enjoyable exploration of collagraph printmaking techniques. You will begin by looking at examples of collagraphs produced using the methods that will be covered on the course, and will then move onto practising techniques.
You will be introduced to a range of collagraph making materials, including malleable materials such as collage, and sculptural materials such as carborundum grit. You will become familiar with using a range of tools to create varied mark-making techniques on your printing plates. You will be encouraged to use dry-point techniques to add detailed, linear elements to your prints.
You will begin by discussing, selecting and adapting imagery for collagraph techniques. Your tutor will demonstrate the various ways of applying the malleable and sculptural materials to collagraph plates and will also demonstrate a range of dry-point mark-making techniques. You will have time to create a range of plates.
Once you have explored these techniques, you will make and seal your plates and then print from the plates. You will explore mixing and applying inks, combining colours, hand colouring and using intaglio and relief methods of printing.
By the end of the course you will have explored plate making techniques and produced a number of sample plates from which you will have produced your prints. You will have been introduced to a host of collagraph making methods.
You will have become familiar with the images that are most appropriate for these printmaking techniques and have learnt how to adapt your images accordingly. You will have practiced mixing and combining oil-based inks and become familiar with inking collagraph plates and printing them using etching presses.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Sarah is an established Artist /Printmaker based in Southampton. She co-founded Red Hot Press print workshop in 2004 and continues to work at the workshop as the Studio Director. Sarah teaches a wide range of printmaking techniques, her specialism is intaglio printmaking.