Reworking prints and plates – transfer, collage, assemblage and frottage with Caroline Wendling


Ref: S4D11418

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About this course

Learn how to give your old plates and unwanted prints a new life through transfer, collage, chine collé, rubbing and assemblage techniques. New ideas will form and new images will emerge.

Course Description

This course is aimed at the student who has some experience of printmaking. You will be encouraged to give your old plates and unwanted prints a new life. As a guide, bring to the course at least three used plates (etching, relief or collograph) and five prints. You will be making the most of old plates and prints through a diversity of working methods that will be explained and demonstrated. You will relish the new freedom and creativity gained and will find yourself making artworks in ways you had not anticipated.

Together, we will be exploring different techniques. Through the use of transfer as well as chine collé, you will be taught how to produce new prints by combining your plates. Elements of collages as well as one-off additions with drawing tools, watercolour and pastels will be encouraged.

You will be taught how to deconstruct your unwanted prints and reconstruct new images and patterns. Additions in the form of monoprinting will be demonstrated and encouraged. You will be tutored to extract new motifs and create new works through placing and organising methods. You will be astonished to see how new work emerges.

Unorthodox ways of working will be encouraged. You will learn how to manipulate prints and to produce rubbings from old plates using ink and drawing tools. This is a course where experimentation is required. You will learn that something you thought was redundant can be given a new life through assemblage, a lot of fun and a spirit of group sharing.

Your tutor will guide you through the diverse processes. You will be encouraged to experiment and to work outside your comfort zone.

You will be amazed that you don’t always need to produce new plates to create new prints; reusing old pieces works too. You will leave the course with a collection of new prints, some large, some small, but all unique.

Materials week: Found. 20–24 February 2022

Caroline Wendling, Bronwen Gwillim, Elaine Bolt, Rita Parniczky, Melanie Rose.

This course is part of a themed week, FOUND. With sustainability very much a focus of daily life now, this set of five courses explore a resourceful approach to creative work using found and upcycled materials, and other materials often considered as waste. The primary objective is to employ an inquisitive, and playful approach in developing new work, while learning new skills and developing thoughtful artworks or beautiful objects. The courses start on Sunday evening and finish on Thursday afternoon and you are encouraged to engage with those on the other courses.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Printing inks and a small selection of papers.

What students need to bring

  • 3 used printing plates (etching, relief or collographs) minimum
  • 5 prints (any) minimum. Tissue paper and recycled papers
  • Nori rice starch
  • An apron
  • Any items from the available to buy list should you have them

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Nori rice starch, tissue paper, PVA glue, paper scissors, scarpel, drawing tools such as pencils, favourite pens. Watercolours (if you have some), brushes, dry pastels, selection of papers
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Caroline Wendling

FDAD Core Team Tutor and Short Course Tutor

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She takes her audience on a physical, sensory and emotional journey leaving them with a poetic encounter and a story to tell. In 2012, she created her first walk near her studio. Subsequent walks took her to New York City, Norfolk, Suffolk and Scotland where she created White Wood, a living monument to peace that will develop over the next 900 years. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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