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Online course – Relief printing at home with Mary Dalton

Ref: SCW10417

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About this course

Learn how to create multiple surface relief prints from commonplace items, with detailed guidance from the tutor. Expand your printing skills and create artworks without any specialist equipment. By the end of the course you will have made your own printing dolly, created a selection of textured samples to use in future work and have composed and printed a finished relief printed piece. You will have access to approximately one hour video content, which will take a minimum of approximately two hours to complete. Four weeks online access.

Course Description

Your course includes:
• Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with course content including PDFs of key information to save and keep
• Approximately one hour of instructional videos to work through and repeat at your own pace
• Practical tasks to complete to develop your skills and achieve a finished print
• Helpful materials suppliers list 
• Additional notes and ideas
• Student online gallery

Course content:
• Introduction to the College, your tutor Mary Dalton and workshop overview
• Getting Started, Health and Safety, Tools, Materials and Set up requirements

• Workshops:
Making Your Own Printing Dolly
Finding and Selecting Printing Materials
Making Your Own Texture Samples
Printing a Composed Image

• Completion
Aftercare and cleaning
Drying times

Course Materials

What you will need

Black oil based printing ink OR black fine artists oil paint and medium
Scraps of papers, varying thickness and textures, including tissue paper, some A4 size
A collection of textural surfaces, man-made and organic, from around the home
Grey board or similar thick card
PVA glue
Old cotton rags for clean-up
1 tbsp vegetable oil 
2 pot plant or objects suitable for still life inspiration
1 palm sized smooth rock/ potato/lump air-drying clay
1 cotton rag approximately 40cm x 40cm 
Big handful of cotton rag strips, no longer than 40cm
2-3m of wool/twine/string
1 elastic band
Craft knife/scalpel
Stick glue
Palette knife or old plastic loyalty card
Cutting matt or kitchen wooden board
Gloves (will get inky)
Apron/old clothes
Piece of A4 clean plastic or glass sheet


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels

What format does the course take?
Our online courses have approximately one hour video content, with a minimum completion time of approximately two hours.

  • VLE with course content including PDF
  • A series of instructional videos
  • Practical tasks to complete
  • Materials and Suppliers list

Is the course taught live?
No, the course is self-paced and designed so that you can study it at a time you choose. This means you can dip in and out of the course as often as you wish during your four weeks of access.

How long will I have access to my course?
You will have access to course materials for four weeks commencing from your user account being generated (within 2 working days of booking).

What technologies are used to deliver the course?
We use CANVAS, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), for all your course materials. This is a system for delivering learning materials via the Internet. It offers you flexible access to all the course content, which is available to you for the duration of the course.

Do the course videos have subtitles for hearing impaired people?
Yes, all of our course videos have the option to display closed captions in English.

Will I receive any printed material for the tasks set?
As this is an online course all instructions are on your course pages online. They are also available as a PDF to download and print. The tutor will take you through each task so that by the end of the course, you can complete the whole project.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout and your account will be credited with any monies remaining.

How do I access my course?
You will receive your login details by email, typically within 2 working days.

Can I buy a course on behalf of a group?
Each of the courses has been designed as a one-to-one lesson, allowing you to view it closely on your own screen and go back and forward through the lesson content, working on each section at your own pace. For this reason, courses are only available on an individual basis at this time. You are given access to a course via a designated email address.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can purchase and watch our courses on all computers and devices – Mac, PC, Mobile and Tablet – with an Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below). You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser. Some of the course resources are presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

Can I watch the course on my TV?
It may be possible to watch the courses on your TV, depending on the equipment you have at home. You can purchase and watch our courses on computers and devices with an internet connection. The online learning experience is entirely browser based and is not available in any TV app form. Many additional products, such as Chromecast for Android or Apple TV, allow you to cast or stream the content from your laptop or tablet to your TV. In addition, many TVs and connected devices also have their own internet browsers which should allow you to login to the site and access courses, just as you would from your laptop or tablet. Alternatively, your laptop or tablet may allow you to connect to your TV using an HDMI cable which would allow you to see the screen on your TV. Due to the various different technologies available, it is difficult for us to offer detailed customer service support for streaming to TV.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users - Firefox ver. 54, Chrome ver. 58 or Edge ver. 14 or newer are recommended. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 11 (or older) are not supported.
Mac users - Safari and Firefox are recommended.

We do not recommend using any Internet service provider's proprietary browser, as certain functions may be restricted. We regularly upgrade the site to add features and improve the quality of your experience. Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets - All courses are built on a responsive platform, allowing for access on most smartphones and tablets.

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of the day you receive course access, and without accessing the course material. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking.

For any other queries about online courses please contact

"I liked all of this course: particularly the pace and content and the fact that everything was clearly demonstrated at a pace that allowed you to take notes. Also, I later found there were very clear notes with some illustrations at the end of the course. I was familiar with a range of printmaking methods but had not covered this before.
Overall, a very interesting, well presented, well structured course."
- Teresa

"Very inspiring tutor who is very engaging online and simplified the process sufficiently for a novice to start print making. I really enjoyed the way in which she explored using found material and every day material around the home to support the activity. I have particularly enjoyed the making of the print dolly"
- Sue 



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.

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