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Workshops in Collagraph printmaking

Tutor Nickova Behling

Summer 2017


Booking advised  at 098 28735


Collagraph is in principal a type of mono-print using a collage technique. The printing plate is created by gluing a variety of (textured) materials onto a stiff piece of cardboard. The cardboard can also be scratched or perforated leaving marks which will show up on the print. It is often printed in a combination of relief and intaglio techniques. Colour and texture are the main source in making an effective print. Dense texture will provide darker surfaces; using acrylic media, glue and tape can add softer tones. The plate is sealed with varnish before inking it with (water based) printing ink. The method is experimental and playful, using a variety of texture and shapes to create a printing plate. Working with templates and chine-colle techniques (application of light paper to the plate) as well as inking the plate in different colours, can all add to the depth and expression of the print. The printing plate of a collagraph often becomes an aesthetic object itself and artists sometimes note it as an artwork in its own right.


Nickova Behling is an experienced workshop and project leader, who also works as a mentor providing advice and specified support for creative people. She is the founder and creative director of Artahead, an organisation that aims to facilitate inclusive community art projects and professional development. Nickova specialise in painting, printmaking and collaborative, interdisciplinary, performance art. German Abstract Expressionism and Informal Painting influenced her style. Her approach, in her own practise and as workshop facilitator, is playful, intuitive and expressive, in terms of the use of materials and process. She completed an MA in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Sussex, UK and has a BA Degree in Visual Art, Philosophy and Science of Education from the ‘Hochschule der Kuenste’ (Art University), Berlin, Germany. Nickova lives and works currently in Brighton, South England. Websites: and

1-Day Collagraph Taster Session

Saturday,  July 15th 2017

10am - 4.30pm

Cost: €50 (Includes Materials)

Tutor: Nickova  Behling

Six places available.


By learning how to create your printing plate and exploring printing outcomes of various materials you will be developing your collagraph prints.



2-Days compact course of Collagraph printmaking

Saturday 29th and  Sunday 30th July, 2017

10am - 5pm.

Cost: €90 (Includes Materials)

Six places available.

Booking advised  at 098 28735


This 2 days compact course of Collograph printmaking is for anyone who would like to get to know the technique of collagraph print-making and people who are already familiar with the technique, who would like to explore the technique in more depth. The course runs over 2 days to give you an opportunity to build your printing plate in detail on the first day and to develop your prints on the second day. By the end of the course you will have learned how to do a collagraph, explored various methods to get a multilayered print and have created your own collagraph print to take home.



Monday 24 July, running each Monday evening for 6 weeks  2017.

5pm – 8pm

Cost: €126.00 (Includes Materials)

Six places available.


This course is similar to the 2 day compact course but is spread out over 6 weeks, with weekly 3 hour sessions. This will allow you time between sessions to find the material that works for your ideas, build your inking plate and templates and develop the collagraph technique in more depth. In these 6 weeks you will have time to explore your style and expression using Collagraph printmaking.