Creative Collagraphs

10am - 1pm

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £95 / £75
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Explore the incredible versatility of card, tapes, adhesives and texture in this exciting five week Collagraph course.

Each week you will experiment with lots of inspiring ways to create a collagraph plate, from simple layered card plates and working on recycled packaging to creating texture through sgraffito techniques and found materials.

During the course you will:

  • Learn about collagraphs and the differences between relief and intaglio processes.
  • Understand how to create a Collagraph plate with a variety of textures, pastes, tapes and papers.
  • Learn how to print a collagraph plate using the printing press.
  • Produce a series of prints to take home.

Week 1: Through discussion and demonstration you will create relief collagraphs using firstly just card and then explore textured materials with tutor support. Learn how to ink up a relief collagraph through demonstration and guidance and experiment with how to take a print.

Week 2: Explore using recycled packaging to create an intaglio plate, using the shape of the template to inform your design. Through demonstration you will experiment with sgraffito, using mark making to scratch into the surface to remove areas, and learn how to seal a plate before exploring how to ink up and intaglio plate and use the printing press.

Week 3: Through exemplar work, you will introduce glue, sand, texture pastes and carborundum to your plates. Through discussion develop your knowledge and the impact of using porous and non-porous areas on the plate, and explore combining both intaglio and relief techniques.

Week 4: Create a final plate using your chosen techniques and learn about blind printing sand and how to take a blind print from the plate.

Week 5: Develop your final designs and experiment with printing, exploring how to ink up and wipe down plates. Learn about ghost printing and how to use multiple plates their work to end the course with a series of prints to be proud of!

Tutor Jo Shearer is an artist and art educator living and working in Leicestershire. Her belief is that art is for everyone. It is another language for expressing and communicating our experiences, thoughts and emotions which often reflect the world around us and how we fit into it. Art can demonstrate a tremendous level of skill and be aesthetically pleasing; however, the greatest strength is in its capacity to express and unite people. Jo studied Visual BA (Hons) Arts and English Literature and a PGCE in secondary art. She taught in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire for over 10 years. After leaving mainstream education she continued her love of teaching through tutoring and went on to develop workshops like this one. She enjoys the freedom to work in a variety of media and has an ever-increasing love for print. She enjoys nurturing creativity and developing individuals' skills to build confidence in their own work as well as evoking a sense of calm and release of emotions through the process of making. Her personal work explores the spaces that we inhabit, the collection of experiences and emotions that connect us to a place and the inherent beauty of the natural world in all its forms.

This is a five-week course starting on 5 June 2024 and ending on 3 July 2024. Each session is 3 hours long, 10am-1pm, totalling 15 hours across the five-week course.

All materials and equipment will be provided. Please dress in old clothes and/or bring an apron as printing can get messy!

Participants must be aged 16+. Under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times.

Further Information:

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you'd like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

We have four blue badge parking spaces outside Attenborough Arts Centre, plus double yellow line roadside parking very close to the building for blue badge holders for up to three hours if our parking spaces are occupied.

Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.

Please ensure that you agree to our updated Terms & Conditions before booking as courses/workshops are non-refundable in some circumstances.