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Collagraph Printing Online, April 2022

April 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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A 2-Day Online Workshop!

Thursdays, April 7 and 14, 4pm-7pm ET via Zoom

About this Workshop:

This workshop will explore the collagraph print—an accessible and versatile approach to printmaking. A favorite medium for both veteran and novice printmakers, this process uses everyday materials and simple collage techniques to make rich, textured prints.  

We will glue a variety of textured items onto a mat board or similar surface, seal it, and apply inks to print it onto paper. Our workshop will discuss the materials and techniques that bring the greatest success, as well as the diverse types of compositions that can be created. Collagraphs can be easily combined with other monotype or mixed media processes. The collagraph plate itself is a wonderful thing—it can become its own artwork, can be printed later with a press, or used as a surface to make rubbings. Similarly, the prints can be reworked with a variety of mixed media. The possibilities are limitless!

Level: All levels welcome.

Registration closes March 28, 2022 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration confirmation you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase any needed items, any initial handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page guide on downloading and using the Zoom video app.

Sample images by Kerry Downey


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.

Class Materials List:

Students will need to supply their own materials for class. The materials list includes:

  • Collagraph materials (cardboard scraps, string, dry seeds, tin foil, plastic bag, dried leaves, etc)
  • Acrylic medium, mod podge or varnish (as sealant)
  • Glue (avoid glue stick with heavy materials – Elmer’s glue works great)
  • Printmaking paper, handmade paper or any thin paper
  • Mat board/cardboard
  • X-acto knife/scissors
  • Brushes (for medium/glue and for inking)
  • Ink options: Akua etching ink is best, but block printing ink, oil paint, acrylic paint also work. You want to use a tacky, sticky ink rather than a fluid ink. Oil-based inks work great because the drying time is slower but water based inks work as well! At least one color (darker) is recommended for class.
  • Ink knife
  • Plexiglass (for inking)
  • Newsprint or wax paper
  • Paper towel, rags, or wet wipes
  • Baren, large spoon or bone folder
  • Brayer (optional)
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)

Your Instructor:

Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey is a current Professor in the Painting Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2007 to 2019 they worked as an educator at The Museum of Modern, running over fifteen Community and Access Partnerships and programs across New York City.. Downey has taught at Hunter College, Parsons/ The New School of Design, and EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Downey has been a visiting professor at over a dozen colleges. Downey’s art (video, print- making, painting, drawing, writing, and performance) has been shown nationally and internation­ally. As a teacher and artist, their work explores relationality through the many ways we inhabit our bodies and access forms of power. Visit their website at www.kerrydowney.com.


“Kerry presented the material well and was easy to follow.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee


“I was pleasantly surprised that printing from home was easy and yielded results that I liked.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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