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Beginners Collagraph

Beginners Collagraph

two days

Collagraph printing utilises recycled, repurposed and found materials to make interesting and experimental plates, perfect for those wanting to print with a limited impact on the environment.



On Day One we begin with an introduction to the complete process of collagraph printing and make test plates to explore the different materials, shapes and textures available. We’ll print these using the etching press and non-toxic inks, covering registration, chine collee, intaglio and relief inking. These experiments will inform your decisions when you come to make new plates on day two. We will have plenty of time for experimentation with colour and printing techniques. Collagraph printing has so much scope for exploration.

You will leave with …  a number of prints on paper and multiple plates that you can continue to make prints with after the class.



Collagraph makes use of the odds and ends that you have lying around and so is perfect for those wanting to limit the impact of their printing on the environment. If you’re an artist with plenty of mountboard or a collector of unusual scraps and textures, this course is for you. It’s suitable for anyone with an interest in printmaking, who may have a little or no previous experience.



All printmaking tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Please bring your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and any special reference material that you would like to work from. We will spend time working on designs each day, but it's useful to have some ideas in mind to start with.



Group size is limited to only 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Please arrive at the barn from 09:30 for a cup of tea or coffee and we’ll aim to get started by 09:45. The workshop will finish at approximately 15:00 both days, but note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.

Tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake is included each day. Please bring along your own packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away). 


Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2013, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping adult learners discover new processes and create artwork. I make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions! 

Tutor Reviews

We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!

Chelmsford City W.I.

I go on courses when other people go on holiday and discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head. It has been a total success! Ruth is a very experienced tutor, there is flexibility and equipment and inks are freely available. There are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the printmaking process. With Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, you will get a great deal out of the class, even with no prior knowledge of printing. Everything associated with Slamseys is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large, airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed, and there is plenty of parking!  What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!

Cathy T

The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.

Karen B

The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!

Connie C

I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too! 

Sam D