Print workshop: drypoint and intaglio

Course Dates: 20/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Drypoint is a way of creating grooves in a solid surface, it produces a rich unique type of drawn line, from which you will make prints using intaglio inking methods, This workshop offers the opportunity to use specialist techniques and tools and gain insight into how these sit within the creative practice of artists using drypoint. For all levels, although some experience of drawing is preferable.


What is the course about?

This class is dedicated to exploring the finer details of drypoint printmaking. Develop imagery using specialist tools such as drypoint needles and roulettes to create a range of line and tone. Compare traditional and contemporary materials and techniques using high quality materials such as copper plates and 100% cotton paper to achieve optimum results. Create a variety of printed effects using different inking and wiping techniques.

What will we cover?

Plate materials and their properties.
Drypoint tools
Drawing techniques
Inking and wiping techniques
Paper preparation
Printing using the etching press.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use a range of traditional and contemporary techniques to make, draw, ink and print a drypoint plate.
Select the materials and tools suitable for individual needs.
Print multiple impressions to explore a range of inking and wiping effects.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is geared towards intermediate and advanced students.
Knowledge of intaglio techniques, including inking, wiping and printing on the etching press is essential.
Basic drawing skills are preferable.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A talk on artists will be presented and examples of work will be shown and discussed.
There will be practical demonstrations followed by practical application. Small class numbers allow for plenty of supported one-to-one guidance and ample time for press access for printing application.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to continue to explore Intaglio processes by enrolling onto the Masterclass in Etching or to expand your practice with a course such as experimental etching.


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It is really excellent, I would recommend
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Course Code: VS351

Mon, day, 20 Apr - 20 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £79.00

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