Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking Saturday Workshops

Saturdays 19 March, 2 April, 9 April, 23 April / 10.30am-3.30pm

Tutor: Mike Clements   Venue: Sidney Nolan Trust Gallery 

Our popular introductory workshops return. Due to popular demand, this year's series has an emphasis on Collagraph - an infinitely flexible and expressive technique. Aimed at adults, no previous printmaking experience, or indeed great artistic skill, is required.  Printmaking is a great leveller: people who think they can’t draw often produce brilliant prints. The workshops will also appeal to people who want to refresh a rusty knowledge of intaglio printmaking or simply develop existing skills. These classes always sell out quickly so if you woudl like to attend, don't delay in booking - see below. There are only 8 places available per workshop.


1. Intaglio Printmaking Introduction - Saturday 19 March 

An opportunity to try fine art printmaking at affordable cost focusing on traditional methods.  Explore different materials, traditional & modern, for drypoint plates.

2. Collagraph Printmaking - Saturday 2 April  NOW FULLY BOOKED

A modern printmaking technique that is wonderfully flexible and almost infinitely expressive. Many of today’s top printmakers use collagraph extensively in their work.

3. Collagraph Colour Inking - Saturday 9 April 

An essential follow-on to the 2nd April workshop. Learn to use techniques with wonderful names “à la poupée”, “chine collé” & “jigsaw”. 

4. Collagraph and Embossed Prints – Saturday 23 April

A chance to continue exploring the huge expressive range of collagraph printmaking and/or try the stunning, almost magical, results available from using the etching press without ink.


5. Print Studio Session: Using the full-size etching press - Saturday 21 May  

Great experience for all and essential for those wanting to use the Trust’s printmaking studio regularly. NB Session takes place in the print studio. £40. Maximum 4 students. 

6. Print Studio Session: larger scale prints - Saturday 28 May

Using the full-size etching press, a chance to to make prints up to A3 size & beyond.  Ideal for those aiming to become regular users of the Trust’s studio. NB Session takes place in the print studio. £40. Maximum 4 students.

Future Print Studio sessions, including editioning prints, producing prints for exhibitions and more:

4 June, 23 July, 13 August, 10 September. Details coming soon. 


Book for all 4 introductory sessions and save £10 - fee £150 (deposit of £50 payable on booking; balance of £100 payable by 4th March). 

Bookings for single classes now being taken - fee £40 per class.  

The workshop day runs from 10.30am-3.30pm. Tea and coffee provided; bring a packed lunch. 

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Mike Clements is a printmaker and book artist who exhibits regularly, both at the Trust and elsewhere. His work is in public and private collections, including the Tate Gallery, the Minnesota Centre for the Book and Glasgow University.  Mike has been the Trust's printmaking tutor for the past twelve years. He has run scores of workshops for the Trust, including the Trust's regular introductory printmaking series each spring. The latter are aimed both at newcomers to printmaking and at those with a rusty knowledge who need refresher printmaking training as preparation for using the Trust's press or joining a print studio elsewhere. Mike also runs the open studio days, where newcomers can gain experience of using the Trust's print facilities and undergo the Trust's health & safety briefing, essential for those intending to become regular users of the Trust's printmaking facilities. 

Mike co-ordinates the Trust's Screen Printing group which meets regularly through the summer months. He also runs specialist printmaking workshops for the Trust on:

Solar Plate - Mike has been using and teaching solar (or photoplymer) plate printmaking for the past decade and has run many workshops on it for the Trust and elsewhere;

Cork Printmaking - Mike began exploring cork as a medium for relief and intaglio prints nearly 20 years ago and has developed many innovations, some of which have been published in "Printmaking Today", the professional journal for UK printmakers; 

Embossing - using the power of the etching press to create three-dimensional images on paper. Again, Mike has developed over many years special techniques that expand the range of possibilities for using embossing in printmaking. Back to the top


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Arts Council England