Textures of the Landscape: Exploring Collagraph Printmaking
20 & 21st May 2017
Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre
10am - 5pm
Spend two days with professional printmaker Hester Cox exploring the textural possibilities of collagraph printmaking. Collagraph is Hester's favourite medium and the way that she creates the majority of her work. It is one of the most diverse ways of making printing plates with artists limited only by their imagination and what they can physically get through the etching press! Using cutting, pastes and collage materials, such as patterned papers and natural objects, participants will create highly textured and distinctive prints. Hester will spend the first day discussing and demonstrating various techniques for making collagraph plates following which she will work on a one-to-one basis with each student exploring their design ideas and helping them to construct their own collagraph plates. Day two will be spent printing. Participants will learn how to ink and wipe their plates effectively, how to print in monochrome and colour and they will be given the chance to experiment with fine tissues and papers to create areas of colour or collage in their prints using the fascinating technique of chine collé. • There will be a materials fee of £6 payable to the artist. This will cover inks, paper and all other materials. • The course is suitable for complete beginners but those with some printmaking experience are welcome to come and develop their skills. • Collagraph is a relatively non-toxic and low impact printmaking method. Hester uses oil-based inks and cleans plates using vegetable oil. It is advised that participants wear old clothes or aprons. Nitrile gloves will be provided. This is a two day course with accommodation available on Friday and Saturday nights on a full board basis from evening meal on Friday to breakfast and packed lunch making facilities on Sunday morning. Tuition each day will be between 10am and 5pm.
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