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Collagraph Printing


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April 
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Charles Shearer 

We are very happy to welcome back Charles Shearer for this three day bank holiday weekend workshop.

Charles will introduce you to all aspects of collagraph printmaking in both surface inking and intaglio processes as well as learning techniques of drawing and cutting using a range of tools, some adapted specifically for this purpose, through to application of textured materials, embossed papers and carborundum powder that give this process its unique character. You will also learn about the inks and papers and the machines involved in generating these exciting images.

A full demonstration will be given at every stage in these processes and all materials and tools will be provided.

Course Structure

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

You will be instructed in all aspects of collagraph 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.

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.

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Early Bird: This course is eligible for a 5% early bird discount when booked online by 22nd November 2021. Don't delay, book today!

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. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.