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Beginners Drypoint Etching

Beginners Drypoint Etching

one day

A chance to explore intaglio printing with drypoint plates, including, chine collee, carborundum and multiplate printing.



We begin with an introduction to intaglio drypoint etching, working on Perspex plates and printing them using the etching press, before moving on to experiment with additional techniques including carborundum, chine collee and inking and wiping. 

Drypoint is an intaglio technique that looks a little like pen and ink drawings. Find out more about Drypoint on the blog  or flick through some photos from previous classes on FacebookYou will leave with… at least five prints of your unique design and your drypoint plate that you can continue to use at home or in Print Club. 



Beginners to printmaking and those with a little printmaking experience. Those who have more experience will be able to complete a more detailed or larger design. Drypoint is ideal for artists looking to expand their practice and bears resemblance to pen and pencil drawings.


 All printmaking, tools, materials and equipment will be provided. You should bring your sketchbook and basic drawing materials along with some design ideas or reference materials. You’ll be sent further details about this before the start of the class.


 Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session. Please arrive from 09:30 for a cup of tea or coffee and we'll aim to get started by 09:45. The workshop will finish between 15:00 and 15:30, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work. Teas and coffees are provided throughout the day, but please bring along a packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).


Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2013, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping adult learners discover new processes and create artwork. I make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions! 

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 City W.I.

I go on courses when other people go on holiday and discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head. It has been a total success! Ruth is a very experienced tutor, there is flexibility and equipment and inks are freely available. There are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the printmaking process. With Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, you will get a great deal out of the class, even with no prior knowledge of printing. Everything associated with Slamseys is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large, airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed, and there is plenty of parking!  What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!

Cathy T

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