Printmaking with collage with Vicky Oldfield

Ref: SSW29445

Location: West Dean
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About this course

This course is a short weekend with a timetable variation: 10am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.

Make a selection of unique prints using cheap and upcycled materials to create printing plates. This collage technique is also known as a collagraph and is an innovative and inexpensive way to transform your printmaking.

Course Description

Discover this experimental printmaking technique based on collage, which is called collagraph. You will construct printing plates from textured, upcycled or found materials assembled onto a support, which you will then print to create diverse, richly textured images.

You can add colour with collaged papers and combine with chine collé and drypoint printing techniques. No previous experience is needed, just a desire to experiment with mixed media and collage.

To start with, the tutor will demonstrate different methods of making collagraph plates, working with inks and tools. You will then experiment with mark-making textures to make plates, explore the limits of paper and ink, make samples of different techniques for making and inking plates for printing, learn how to choose papers and surfaces to print on and learn how to use an etching press.

Once you have created your collagraph plate, you will incorporate a chine collé element to add colour. With these different surfaces and combinations, your options become endless and provide new directions in your work. Your tutor will discuss the artistic considerations required to integrate imagery to make dynamic compositions. You will experiment with the techniques and be encouraged to find personal expression in your prints.

The course will finish with an informal discussion of the works created to consolidate your learning and provide feedback to take forward after the course.

By the end of the course, you will have been introduced to diverse possibilities available to make unique marks with collagraphs. You will have started to learn how to think in textures and layers, and experimented with combining one or more impressions. You will know how to select appropriate materials and other resources for plate designs and gained an increased knowledge of papers and other surfaces for printing.


Timetable for 2 day, short weekend courses

Saturday, session one: 10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Please arrive by 9.45am.

Sunday, session two: 9am-1pm & 2-4pm.

Lunch and tea/coffee is included.

Course Materials


  • The college will provide all materials, including: printmaking inks and solvents, 14cm x 14cm plates, Somerset printing paper, tissue paper, newsprint paper, tracing paper, blotting paper, tape, scrim, carborundum, PVA, tile cement, mount board, artist shellac and acrylic texture paste.

What students need to bring

  • The theme is flexible, so bring along any interesting sketches or photographs you may have that you would like to make into a print.
  • If you have already done some printmaking, then please bring any plates and samples of prints with relevant problems you may have encountered.
  • It is a messy discipline, so an apron/overall is essential.
  • Notebook, sketchbook and pen/pencil for taking notes
  • Any textured papers you have, e.g. wallpaper is ideal, and lots of collage materials - the thinner the collage the better.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art and craft materials, including notebooks, sketchbooks, pens, pencils, Somerset printmaking paper and drypoint plates in a variety of sizes

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Vicky Oldfield

Vicky is best known for her work as a printmaker. She is well represented by galleries across the UK, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, The Mall Galleries and in Tokyo, Japan.
She has been published in The Printmakers Bible and Practical Printmaking.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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