Comprehensive printmaking with Mary Dalton


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About this course

Experiment with multiple print methods within the same image to make unique prints. Lino, dry-point, collograph and monoprint are the main mediums, combined with various colour and monochrome techniques.

Course Description

Learn the basic techniques of lino, collagraph, dry-point and monoprint. Then experiment with each medium and ways of combining them. Methods and examples of hybrid prints will be shown and demonstrated to give you ideas and an understanding of technique.

Printing by hand and with the press will be taught. The technical pros and cons of both will be discussed, enabling you to move forward with the knowledge of when to use each of these methods in your work.

Use of colour and monochrome will be demonstrated, with lots of tips on how to mix your own colours to help you experiment further with your printmaking.

Over the duration of the course you will make a range of unique prints, each one individual, as you will not be working with editioning. You will be stopping at regular intervals, to see what everyone else is working on, so that you may learn and understand from each other. Your tutor will help with the discussions to encourage confidence in talking about your work as, with printmaking, collaboration is as important as individual practice. Throughout the course, there will also be a few surprising and fun projects to keep you engaged and challenged using the methods explored.

By the end of the course, you will have a wide knowledge of how to combine two to five different print techniques on the same image. You will have a basic technical knowledge of printing, including by hand and when to use a press. You will also have the confidence to experiment within print, seeing technical challenges not as boundaries but instead as rules to be broken. You will also have explored your own preconceptions and boundaries in your work, and challenged yourself artistically to allow for a beautiful freedom of expression.


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


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some printmaking ink, paper and other materials to be shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Bring your ideas and sketches; however the tutor can also help you to formulate your ideas if they are loose.
  • Rags – old cloths, preferably cotton/cotton mix, cut up with buttons/attachments removed
  • Bring/wear old clothes, it gets inky.
  • Any bits of fabric, paper, objects that have a textured surface and you do not mind getting ink on. Think of any surface that would take a rubbing well.
  • Bits of paper to collage with, if so desired, the thinner the better
  • Inks, scrim, lino, soft-cut lino
  • Printing papers, collage paper, printmaking paper, drypoint card
  • Basic drawing media
  • Paintbrushes, scissors, scalpels
  • Plastic printing plates

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of materials including printing inks, scrim, lino, soft-cut lino
  • Printing papers, collage paper, printmaking paper, drypoint card, plastic printing plates
  • Basic drawing media, paintbrushes, scalpels
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Mary Dalton

Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.


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

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