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Collagraph Bank Holiday Course


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Friday 30th March
- Sunday 1st April
10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tutor  Charles Shearer


This three day course brings artist Charles Shearer back to Leicester to teach his collagraph technique.  You will create textured plates using a range of materials including carborundum grit, tape, glue, embossed papers and materials. This experimental course will also include image transfer, registration and colour in addition to exploring tone and line. It is the perfect course for beginners or those who wish to develop skills or experiment with this versatile technique.

About the Tutor

Charles Shearer creates collagraphs that are informed through drawing. His subject matter often focuses on the landscape and the things that appear within this, such as romantic ruins, a manor house or folly, a wild dog or pig. He studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen in 1975 and at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in illustration.

Charles has been teaching printmaking at colleges and at workshops for many years. He is an artist printmaker who paints and draws in the landscape. Everything begins with drawing and it is in the studio that ideas are developed and themes are translated through print, primarily by the collagraph processes. Charles lives in London but travels extensively to teach and to seek subject matter.

Course structure


Following a general introductory talk on printmaking the session will begin exploring the creative techniques of preparing and printing with collagraphic plates.

You will be instructed in all aspects of collagraphic plate production, from techniques in drawing and cutting using a range of tools, through to the application of textures and material that help give this process its unique character. You will also learn about inks and papers and the machines involved in generating these exciting images.


This session begins with a demonstration of plate preparation for intaglio printing and the application of textured materials.

A short demonstration of printing plates by hand using thin oriental papers.

Further development of ideas and plates.


Introduction to two plate print production and methods of image transfer.

Technique of applying dry pigments to finished prints.

Though evaluation of work will be ongoing throughout the course we will have an end of course gathering to look over the work created.



Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


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