Art Guild member and talented artist, Karen Shaw, will be teaching a series of
printmaking classes at the Art Center. The first in the series begins in July with
collagraphy. A Collagraph = collage plus print = FUN. All that is needed to create a
collagraph is a piece of matboard, an exacto knife, a spoon and some ink and paper.
Students are asked to bring the knife and spoon and the other supplies are included in
the class fee. The collagraph itself is the plate students will print from to get a black-
and-white image with varying darks, lights, and textures. There will be a variety of
subject matters to choose from and drawing skill is not necessary.
Karen will cover various methods of making collagraphs and the format will be fairly
small so several different prints can be created. There may even be time on the last day
to embellish the prints with students’ preferred media of watercolor, colored pencil or
Instructor Karen Shaw is a self-taught artist from West Virginia who has been focusing
on printmaking during the pandemic. She looks forward to sharing her passion for
printmaking with others. Karen states, “There is nothing like the mystery and history of
a medium that plays into a sense of surprise every time a print is pulled.” That’s the joy
Karen has exhibited at the Crossville Palace Theater, the Art Circle Public Library, and
was a featured artist in 2019 at the Art Center. She is an active member of the Art Guild
at Fairfield Glade and has won numerous awards including Best of Show.
Karen’s “printmaking without a press” collagraphy class at the Arts Center in Fairfield
Glade will take place on July 20, 21, and 22 from 9:00-12:00 for a fee of $90.00 for Art
Guild members and $105.00 for non-members. Materials are included in the cost of
enrollment, students are asked to bring an exacto knife and a spoon. Call the Art
Center at 931-707-7249 or stop by and register at 451 Lakeview Drive. Maximum
students for this class is eight(8).