Relief Collagraph Workshop

10:30am - 4pm

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £50 / £40
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Join us for a creative day exploring relief collagraphs. Experiment with an unusual variety of materials to make satisfying textured surfaces and then let the fun really begin when you ink up and start printing your plates.

During this one-day workshop you will:

  • Learn about relief collagraphs
  • Understand how to create a plate using different tapes, textured surfaces and cutting and peeling away areas.
  • Learn how to print a relief collagraph
  • Gain an understanding of how different materials can be used to create a plate for a print.
  • Produce a number of prints to take home.

Through demonstration and guidance you will learn how to construct your own Collagraph plates. Experiment with a range of tapes, textured papers, pastes and glue to build up surfaces on your plates before working into your plates, cutting away and peeling back areas. You will then be able to explore a combination of printing techniques and layer plates to produce a series of rich collagraph prints.

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 one-day workshop starting at 10.30am and ending at 4pm, with a 30-minute break for lunch. Our café will be open, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

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.
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