Monotype printmaking – paper stencils with Caroline Wendling

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About this course

An intensive one-day course that introduces the wonderful possibilities of monotype printing using paper stencils. All prints will be unique.

Course Description

You will be building up an image by applying ink to a plate and playing with stencils. An etching press will be used to transfer ink to the paper. The ghost images left on the plate and the many ways of manipulating your stencil will lead you to produce a series of experimental prints.

You will be taken through all the different stages of making a print. You will learn about image building and decision taking. You will gain confidence inking a plate, using registration, printing and thinking creatively.

This course is designed for students who want to learn how plates, ink paper and presses are synchronised to give the most effective results.

By the end of the day, you will have produced a series of unique prints: some multicoloured and some monochrome.

This is part of a series of four monotype printing courses that can be taken as a group or individually.

Course Materials


The College will provide some polycarbonate clear sheet, a variety of quality printing papers including some Japanese printing paper, newsprint and tissue paper per student, plus some black, white and primary coloured inks to share amongst the group.

All necessary equipment will be provided for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Sketchbook, up to A3 in size
  • Drawing pencils and your favourite drawing tools
  • Brushes: medium and thin, ideally acrylic stiff brushes

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Daily Timetable

Course teaching day 11am–5.15pm
Students arrive between 10.30am-11am (coffee optional)  
Morning teaching starts at 11am 
Lunch break between 1pm-2pm (lunch is not included)
Afternoon teaching starts at 2pm (15 minute tea break, 3.30pm–3.45pm)
Teaching finishes 5.15pm  

General Information

Short courses are open to anyone aged 18 and over. The course fee covers tuition and materials where stated. You will need to bring all other items listed under the ‘Materials to bring’ section.


Coffee and tea are included in the course fee, but you will need to bring lunch with you to eat in the refreshments room. There are also plenty of other local venues to purchase food.


If you have any specific access needs, we will need to know about your access requirements in advance. Please tell us about your needs in confidence by emailing: [email protected] This venue has steps to the front reception, with limited access via a side gate to the ground floor. There is a small lift to higher floors or stairs.


Short course students are required to sign a safety compliance form as part of West Dean Health and Safety regulations.

Refunds and cancellations

Please refer to our terms & conditions below.


The information given is accurate at the time of publication. However, West Dean College reserves the right to cancel or amend courses if circumstances require.

Terms & Conditions


Caroline Wendling Tutor at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Caroline Wendling

Core Team Tutor - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Short Course Tutor

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She takes her audience on a physical, sensory and emotional journey leaving them with a poetic encounter and a story to tell.

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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.