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Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking: Collagraphy (short course)

Why study this course?

This course, designed for beginners, serves to provide a solid introduction to intaglio printmaking through the collagraph technique. You'll establish core skills key to intaglio printmaking and, through demonstrations, guidance and practice, learn to confidently explore your ideas and imagery to create a body of collagraph print works.


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The course will include:

  • an introduction to intaglio printmaking, as students work with all aspects of collagraph technique, making plates and learning how to print them individually and as multi-plate prints, in black and white, and colour
  • a historical survey of collagraph prints from The Cass archive (examples for discussion) – characteristics of collagraph prints and process
  • making the plate, use of knives and cutting tools, texture and materials, PVA glue and types of modelling paste as well as preparing the plate for printing
  • handling paper and ink, wiping techniques, preparing the paper, readying the press and taking a print
  • colour inks, mixing ink, further wiping techniques, plate tone, dolly method, card, paper choice and preparation, registration methods and multiple plate work
  • health and safety issues in the workshop

By the end of the course, you'll:

  • be informed about a range of intaglio/collagraph printmaking processes
  • demonstrate the acquisition of basic skills necessary to control and develop imagery through the various stages of collagraph print production
  • demonstrate the development of a critical awareness of your own practice
  • be familiar with good studio practice together with an understanding of all relevant health and safety considerations

This course is taught by Damian Grist.

This course is suitable for beginners.

Course dates Not currently available
Length One evening a week for 10 sessions
Day and time Wednesday, 6pm to 8.30pm 
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 25

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fee includes the cost of materials, but students may wish to purchase additional paper and plates.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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