Introduction to Intaglio Printmaking

Saturdays 29th April, 13th May, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Tutor: Mike Clements     Venue: Sidney Nolan Trust Gallery

Our popular introductory workshops return. Aimed at adults, no previous printmaking experience, or indeed great artistic skill, is required - although those looking to refresh or extend their skills are very welcome!  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 would like to attend, don't delay in booking. There are only 8 places available per workshop. 

Collagraph & Drypoint - Saturday 29th April.

An opportunity to try fine art printmaking at affordable cost focusing on traditional methods.  Explore different materials, traditional & modern. Make your own drypoint plates or explore Collagraph, A modern printmaking technique that is wonderfully flexible and almost infinitely expressive. Many of today’s top printmakers use collagraph extensively in their work. 

Intaglio Colour Inking - Saturday 13th May.

An essential follow-on to the 29th April workshop. Learn to use techniques with wonderful names “à la poupée”, “chine collé” & “jigsaw”.  


To truly benefit we recommend booking both classes to experience the process in full, although single bookings are also welcome. Fee - £45 per class. Click here to email us to book your place. 

The workshop day runs from 10.00am-3.00pm. Tea and coffee provided; bring a packed lunch. 

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 ten years. He has run many 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 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. 

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Arts Council England