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Collagraph on Fabric

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm



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A 2-day Intensive, In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 10:30am-4:30pm

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About this Workshop:

Learn how to create a collagraph plate and print it (via intaglio and/or relief) on all types of fabric.  On the first day, participants will learn how to use found flat objects, modeling paste, sandpaper, and gloss medium in making a textured printing plate.  Collagraph literally means to draw or write with glue, and so the construction of the plate will be almost like making a collage. The second class session will be spent learning various methods of inking the plates in both relief and intaglio inking techniques, and then move on to more advanced techniques such as stenciling, inking à la poupée, and multi-plate printing.

Level: All levels welcome – no previous printmaking experience required.

Registration extended through April 16, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students may/will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including tarlatan, newsprint, ink, solvents, and more. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • Found flat objects, such as leaves, lace, mesh netting, string, etc.
  • Ideas or sketches to work from
  • Personal apron
  • 100% white cotton fabric, at least one yard (for Day 2)
  • (Optional) Other types and colors of fabric, including silk, chiffon, and linen (for Day 2)


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and a papermaker, and is currently the executive director of Southern Graphics Council International, one of the largest organizations of printmakers. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then, has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. She has received individual artist awards from both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Snow Farm-New England Craft, Pyramid Atlantic, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the University of North Texas. She is currently part of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, where she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.


“Gretchen is an incredible teacher. She has a passion for art and teaching that conveys to the students. I always leave her class excited about what I’ve just learned.”

—Participant, Intermediate Papermaking: Eastern Style


“I appreciate Gretchen’s way of responding to each person’s efforts with a combination of support and ways to do more, try something else, push further.”

—Participant, Intermediate Papermaking: Eastern Style

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