Short Printmaking Courses

Here is information about short printmaking courses running in my studio near York during 2019.

The courses are for this year are getting booked up, however if you have a group of 3 or four people extra dates can be arranged. Please get in touch with me to discuss this.

All these printmaking courses aim to free up thinking and technique, encouraging an inquisitive experimental approach that can feed back into your own creative work, whatever that may be.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal, encouraging people to share ideas and learn from each other, with a maximum of 4 students to ensure everyone has space and time for 1-1 tuition.

Everyone makes several plates and a mini portfolio of about 10 – 15 completed prints to take home. You will learn technical skills and techniques as well as developing confidence in your own creativity.

April Fri 26th Introducing collagraphs This course is fully booked
May Thurs 9th Nature printing and mono prints This course is fully booked
May Fri 10th viscosity This course is fully booked
June Mon 10th/ Tue 11th Carborundum prints This course is fully booked
June 13/th 14th Chine collee This course is fully booked
July Sat 6th / Sun 7th Collagraph foundation This course is fully booked
July NEW Mon 8th / Tue 9th Chine collee Add subtle (or vibrant) layers of colour to your prints. Only one place left!
July Thur 11th/ Fri 12th Collagraphs with cement adhesive This course is fully booked
Aug Sat 3rd Introducing collagraphs This course is fully booked
Aug Mon 5th/ Tue 6th Printing for pyromaniacs Create complex textures using fire. Two days of playful experimentation, melting and scorching stuff! Only one place left!
Aug Thur 8th Just printing How many different ways can you print a plate? Surprise yourself and move your printmaking practice along new tracks. Only one place left!
Aug Sat 10th Nature printing This course is fully booked
Sep Sat 7th Viscosity The magic viscosity technique will add depth and subtlety to your prints. Only one place left!
Sep Mon 9th / Tue 10th Printing with metallics Gilding, foiling, metallic inks; if it glitters we will incorporate it in our prints. Three spaces left on this one
Sep Thur 12th/ Fri 13th Extending collagraphs This course is fully booked

Courses are suitable for all levels of experience (or none), apart from ‘extending collagraphs’ which is best for those who have already experimented with collagraph printmaking.

Introduction to collagraphs; one day £75

Constructing printing plates

Constructing printing plates

This is a great introduction to the principles of collagraph printmaking. Absorbing and fun, the day will give you a creative boost and may be the start of your collagraph journey!

Working with everyday materials we design and make a plate in the morning and print it in the afternoon.  By the end of the day you will understand how to get different tones and textures in your plate, and be able to ink up in both intaglio and relief.

This course is running twice over the summer; Friday 26 April, and Saturday 3rdAugust, 10am – 4pm

Collagraph foundation; two days £150

Working in the studio

Working in the studio

This packed course provides you with all the information you need to get off to a flying start with collagraph printmaking. Whether you are a new to this technique or have already discovered it, the two day course will give you lots of ideas and confidence to experiment with a wide range of materials.

We will cover the basic collagraph techniques of masking, building up layers and cutting through, as well as discovering commonplace materials that produce different tones and textures

You will learn the technical aspects of constructing successful plates, from the underlaying substrate through the most suitable glues, pastes and sealants.

The second day is devoted to inking up and printing your plates in different ways.

This course is running twice over the summer;
Saturday 4th/ Sunday 5thMay, and Saturday 6th/ Sunday 7thJuly, 10am – 4pm


Mono printing – inspired by nature; one day £75

Mono print with feathers

Mono print with feathers

Mono printing is direct and immediate, each print is unique and you will make quite a few on this one day course.

We will take inspiration form the natural world, using found materials like feathers and fresh leaves. This particular technique enables you to reproduce intricate details very clearly, as well as experiment with colour combinations and design.

Please have a look at this post for an example of mono printing.

Thursday 9thMay, 10am – 4pm

Viscosity printing; one day £75

Working in the studio

Working in the studio

A fascinating process using layers of different coloured inks, which don’t mix on the plate, enabling you to print multiple colours in one go. An unpredictable and ‘magic’ technique that can bring an extra dimension to your prints.

We will make a plate designed to work effectively with viscosity printing and then ink it up and print with different colour combinations.

This popular course is running twice over the summer;
Friday 10thMay and Saturday 7thSept, 10am – 4pm

Please have a look at this post for an example of viscosity printing



 Carborundum printing; two days £150

A carborundum print

A carborundum print

Carborundum powder and wet and dry paper are materials that hold a lot of ink due to their gritty texture. We will use this property to create rich painterly images with overlapping layers of colour.

You will also combine carborundum with other techniques to introduce a range of light tones and fine lines as a contrast.

Monday 10th/ Tuesday 11thJune, 10am – 4pm

Please have a look at these posts for examples of carborundum printmaking;

What is carborundum?

Artists making carborundum prints

Carborundum Paint

Carborundum powder

wet and dry paper

Chine collee – incorporating collage into prints;
two days £150

A photo incorporated in a print

A photo incorporated in a print, (students work)

This collaging technique enables you to add photos, text, extra colour and images to your prints. We will create our own colourful ‘chine collee’ papers with paint and print, as well as using pre printed material (maps, manuscripts, newspapers etc)

You will design and make a printing plate suitable for chine collee and produce a mini portfolio of prints.

Thursday 13th/ Friday 14thJune, 10am – 4pm


Fun with cement; two days £150

Print from combed cement plate

A print from a combed cement plate

Whisking, combing, impressing, cracking and general mark making.

Tile cement is a versatile, cheap, safe material that is brilliant for plate making. The creative and experimental nature of this course will free you up and give you lots of new ideas to incorporate in your work.

Thursday 11th/ Friday 12thJuly, 10am – 4pm

Please have a look at these blog posts for examples of printmaking with cement;

Tile cement printing plates

Whisking tile cement

Crackle texture collagraph plates


Printmaking for pyromaniacs; two days £150

Using a flame on a printing plate

Using a flame on a printing plate

You can make collagraph plates from all sorts of materials and many of them become even more interesting when you add fire to the process.

Transform your old plates by scorching them; make new plates and experiment with melting and toasting them. We will be using candles, heat guns and blow torches to transform familiar materials into something surprising……

Monday 5th / Tuesday 6thAugust, 10am – 4pm


Just printing; one day £75

Revealing a print on the press

Revealing a print on the press

Once you have made your plate you are only half way there. The way you ink it up can produce a very varied range of prints, sometimes it is hard to believe they all came from a single plate.

During the day we will explore different ways of inking and printing a plate; using and combining colour, intaglio with relief, over printing and collaging elements into the print.  Bring your own plate and/or make a new one on the day.

Thursday 8thAugust, 10am – 4pm


Prints that glitter and glow;
two days £150

Print with gold leaf

Print with gold leaf

Incorporating metallic ink, paste, leaf and powder to add depth, light and movement to your prints. This is an experimental course that will enlarge your printmaking repertoire and bring a bit of glamour to your printmaking!

We will experiment with mica, graphite and metal powders. Have a go at gilding with gold, silver, and copper leaf, using size and gesso.
Print with metallic inks and glazes, and finish off with gilding pastes.

Monday 9th/ Tuesday 10thSeptember, 10am – 4pm


Extending collagraphs; two days £150

Students work

Students work

This course is run in response to students’ interests. I devise the activities after discussing with everyone before hand. The course is adaptable and experimental, it provides a chance for those who have already done some printmaking with me to develop their work.

Thursday 12th/ Friday 13thSeptember, 10am – 4pm


Booking a place on a printmaking course

Please contact me to check there are places available, I will send you a booking form to be returned with 50% of the cost of your course as a deposit, the balance to be paid 2 weeks before the course.

If for any reason you need to cancel your booking your deposit will be refunded if you can give at least a months notice.

Extra course dates can be arranged for groups of 3 or 4 people.



One day courses £75, 2 day courses £150.

This includes unlimited paper, ink, drinks and biscuits as well as illustrated course hand-outs.

You don’t need to bring anything with you apart from a packed lunch.

Gift Vouchers for any amount towards the cost of a course are available as a lovely creative present.


Reviews from students on printmaking courses

 “I was encouraged to push the boat out with my own ideas”

“each stage was clearly demonstrated and explained”

“I went as a beginner and by lunchtime I’d signed up for the two day course”

“Emily is an excellent and friendly tutor, very knowledgeable”

“exciting to see such great results produced with simple materials”

“Emily prepares well for her students. She asks beforehand if there is a particular area that students would like to work on. Generous supplies of materials are available. Emily is patient! She gives advice and encouragement gently and explains the processes along the way. Enjoyment, experimenting and fun are encouraged. One day is good but two days even better! Thank you Emily”

“Really well structured and fun course . I learned the basics ( and more!) about collagragh printing over these two days and really want to do more .Emily is welcoming , extremely knowledgeable and demonstrates everything so you can feel confident to get on and have a go. In short … I loved it , and would recommend it to anyone!”

“Highly recommend this course! Emily’s approach is relaxed and combines just the right amount of information and guidance whilst letting us go with out own flow. We were contacted before the course to discuss the themes we were interested in, so the course was really tailored to us.
It was a luxury to have 2 days immersed in printing in such a lovely environment – Emily’s workshop space and the garden were very conducive to creativity.
I was delighted with what I had achieved and came away with a stack of colourful prints and a desire to do more!!
Emily really is an excellent tutor!”

“This is as an excellent introduction to collograph, ideal for beginners. As I had not used this technique before I learnt a lot and enjoyed experimenting, producing a variety of outcomes. Emily is very well organised and her studio set up to make it easy for a number of different users.
There is also opportunity to pick Emily’s brains about materials and suppliers which was helpful.”

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