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10am – 4.30pm : COST £60.00 – All Materials included

Masterclass in Collagraphs and Drypoint

Collagraphs and drypoints come under the umbrella technique of Intaglio where you are printing from beneath the surface in an engraved of scribed line. We need to use an etching press for the high pressure required to push the paper into the surfaces you are going to create today.

We will construct a collagraph plate using mountboard, add some basic textural surfaces and use the cut and peel method of three tones and a linear line. While we are waiting for the plate to dry with varnish (shellac) we will make a traditional zinc plate drypoint.

Collagraph is regarded as textural, tonal and linear. Drypoint is primarily linear and tonal.

You will be taught how to prepare both collagraph and drypoint plates. How to make various marks and textures. Transferring an image, inking up and printing an edition.

Rough schedule for the day will be:

10:00 Brief introduction about me, examples of collagraphs and drypoint plates and prints, tea and coffee served.

10:20  Demonstration on preparation of collagraph plate, transferring the image and building the design up with textures and tones. Simplest form is cut and peel with three tones and a linear line.

10:45 Practical session for you to prepare your blocks as shown above.

11:45 Varnishing and drying of the collagraph plates using shellac.

12:00 Demonstrating a traditional zinc drypoint. Preparation of the plate and scoring the design into the surface. We will also look at more modern alternatives.

12:30 Practical session of making the drypoint plates.

13:30 Demonstration of printing process for both drypoint and Collagraph plates using the etching press and dampening the paper prior to printing.

14:00 Printing session and editioning.

16:30  Approximate end of the class

You will need to bring with you a sketchbook with some designs you might want to work from. Collagraph will be 21cm x 15cm in size and the zinc plate  6 x 4 inches . An apron will be useful too. I will supply you with some notes including a supplier list. You will end up with a large selection of prints and a new metal scribe to take away also.

Please Note :

Lunch is not included, but tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided throughout the day.