Hybrid printmaking with Mary Dalton

Ref: SSS08943

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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 both 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 knowledge of when to use each 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 period of the six days you will make a range of unique prints - each one individual, we will not be working with editioning. We will be stopping at regular intervals to see what everyone is working on so that we may learn and understand from each other. Mary will help the discussions about this to encourage confidence in talking about your work - but with printmaking collaboration is as important as individual practice. Throughout the course there will also be a few surprise and fun projects to keep you engaged and challenged by the methods explored.

By the end of the course you will have a wide knowledge in how to combine 2-5 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, and not see its technical challenges 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.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, 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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some printmaking inks shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Bring your ideas, sketches; however the tutor can also help you to formulate your ideas if they are loose.
  • Rags - old clothes, preferably cotton/cotton mix, cut up with buttons/attachments removed
  • Bring 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

Available to buy

  • Inks
  • Lino
  • Printing papers
  • Scrim
  • Basic drawing media
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Scalpels
  • Plastic printing plates
  • Drypoint card
  • Collage paper
  • Printmaking paper
  • Soft-cut lino


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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