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Drypoint Etching | Animals

Drypoint Etching | Animals

Learn intaglio printmaking inspired by nature and animals with this morning workshop at Slamseys.

We begin with an introduction to the drypoint printmaking process and then move on to create a plate, which we will print using our etching press. This session is inspired by nature and animals, but please feel free to ignore the theme and print a design of your own choosing if you would prefer. There will be time to experiment with mark making and techniques such as chine-collee.

You will leave with … multiple prints of your own design on paper and the skills required to continue drypoint printmaking in the future.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is aimed at beginners to drypoint and those with a little printmaking experience looking to refresh their knowledge. Drypoint is ideal for artists looking to expand their practice and bears resemblance to pen and pencil drawings.

Materials and Equipment
All printmaking tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Please bring along your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and any special reference material that you would like to work from, especially photographs, drawings or magazine clippings. We will have plenty to inspire you here though, so don’t worry if you don’t have anything particular in mind. For inspiration, have a look at our printmaking boards on Pinterest.

Important details
Group size is limited to 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The workshop will begin at 09:30 so please arrive five minutes beforehand for a cup of tea or coffee. The workshop will finish between 11:30 and 12:00, depending on the speed at which you work and the complexity of your designs.



Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

My interest in art has taken me all around the world, working in the Australian outback, London’s Mayfair and now back home in Essex. I studied printmaking at the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute and really enjoy helping people discover how easy it is to create their own designs using simple printing processes.  I opened Slamseys Art so that everyone can have a go at learning new creative skills.

Find out more about my printmaking and view student work on Instagram.

Tutor Reviews

"We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!"

Chelmsford New City Girls W.I.

"Many thanks for an most enjoyable workshop today. It has opened up many more creative and exciting possibilities for me to use in my work."

Angella H

The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.

Karen B

The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!

Connie C

I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too! 

Sam D