Collagraph with chine collé – experimental printmaking with Vicky Oldfield


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About this course

An experimental approach to printmaking combining chine collé with collagraph to create dynamic new print processes and expressive possibilities.

Course Description

Discover an enthusiastic and experimental approach to printmaking combining chine collé with drypoint and collagraph. This approach will give you dynamic new working processes and artistic possibilities. Collagraph is a printmaking technique based on collage. Prints are taken from plates constructed from textured materials assembled on a support. A vast range of cheap, recycled materials can be used to produce diverse and richly textured images.

Your tutor will demonstrate different methods of making collagraph plates, working with inks and tools. You will then experiment with mark-making textures to make plates, explore the limits of paper and ink, make samples of different techniques for making and inking plates for printing, learn how to choose papers and surfaces to print on and learn how to use an etching press.

Once you have created your collagraph plate you will then incorporate a chine collé element. With these different surfaces and combinations your options will become endless and provide new directions in your work. Your tutor will discuss the artistic considerations required to integrate imagery to make dynamic compositions. You will experiment with the techniques and be encouraged to find personal expression in your work.

The course will finish with an informal critique and discussion to consolidate your learning, and provide feedback to take forward into your work after the course.

By the end of the course, you will have been introduced to diverse possibilities available to make unique marks with collagraphs. You will have started to learn how to think in textures and layers, and experimented with combining one or more impressions. You will know how to select appropriate materials and other resources for plate designs and gained an increased knowledge of papers and other surfaces for printing. You will have experienced using an etching press.


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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • Printmaking inks and solvents, 14cm x 14cm plates.

What students need to bring

  • The theme is flexible so bring along any interesting sketches or photographs you may have that you would like to make into a print.
  • If you have already done some printmaking then please bring any plates and samples of prints with relevant problems you may have encountered.
  • It is a messy discipline so an apron/overall is essential.
  • Any textured papers you have, wallpaper is ideal, and lots of collage materials, the thinner the collage the better.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paper, a good quality heavyweight paper that can be soaked in water
  • Notebook or sketchbook and pen/pencil for taking notes
  • Somerset printmaking paper, drypoint plates in a variety of sizes


Vicky Oldfield

Vicky is best known for her work as a printmaker. She is well represented by galleries across the UK, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, The Mall Galleries and in Tokyo, Japan.
She has been published in The Printmakers Bible and Practical Printmaking.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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