Summer School // Printmaking and Imagination

Printmaking is a fluid and versatile way of transforming the way you draw. In this course, you will be guided through various printmaking techniques that you can do at home without a press or complicated equipment. In the first half of the week students will be guided on how to transform sketchbook drawings in order to create linocut prints; first with one colour, followed by the reduction method and then a 3 colour multi-block print.  In the second half of the week, students will be shown how to make both drawn and painterly marks through mono-printing. You will learn how to create drawn lines, reduction prints, painterly monotypes and multi-layered images with chine-colle (collage). By the end of week, you will have created a series of prints, that could potentially inspire a whole new body of work. This course is suitable for both complete beginners and those with previous printmaking experience. You will be given instructions on materials to buy before the course begins.  

Basic Materials for printmaking at home (you don't need all but these are recommendations):

  • Drawing materials - Pencils & colour pencils, sharpener, erasers, wax crayons/oil pastels, ink, water color, charcoal, graphite sticks, conte crayons, felt tips, ball point pens. 
  • Inks - Water based or water washable relief printing inks e.g Calico Safe Wash are easiest to use (black, opaque white and/or  small range of colours)
  • Extender- for making transparent layers 
  • Calico Safe Wash Oil for thinning inks 
  • Black etching ink for drypoint e.g Doux

 Can substitute inks with oil colours, watercolour, gouache and oil pastels for monoprinting


  • For drypoint: Old juice cartons / foil coated card / sealed mount board / a sheet of acetate 
  • For mono printing: A sheet of Acetate / perspex/ glass from an old picture frame/ the back of an old etching plate or Formica table top. 
  • For relief printing: Relief printing vinyl, Lino blocks, Shina Ply or Birch ply 6mm


  • 2 x medium rollers
  • Etching point (or engineer’s scriber from DIY store), or large pin / thin nail. 
  • Brushes, palette knives, pencils, ruler, scissors, scalpel, bits of card, cotton buds, old plastic card
  • Plexi-glass or any smooth, flat surface to roll ink on
  • Polyester sheets / acetate for stencils
  • Cutting mat
  • Rags for inking drypoint
  • Rags / paper for cleaning and a bucket or bowl of water or a water spray bottle. 
  • Blotting paper is helpful and a couple of sheets of plastic ( bin bags are ok) 
  • A wooden spoon
  • Lino and wood-cutting tools 
  • A handle and small range of assorted blades. 

Printmaking Paper 

Thin papers are easier to handprint (100gm or less) 

  • Japanese tissue -“Shoji “ is a good general tissue (40/45gm) (nice for woodcut). 
  • “Zerkall” printing paper 100gm or less. 
  • Zozuke 45g

Thicker papers

  • Somerset Satin 250g
  • Zerkall Extra Smooth 150g


  • Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Summer School courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.