Printed landscapes in monotype with collage with Mark Cazalet

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About this course

Draw inspiration from the rich English tradition of landscape prints as you learn contrasting monotype printmaking methods. Using West Dean Gardens as a stimulus, produce multiple unique monotypes many reworked with collage.

Course Description

Many of us respond powerfully to the landscape especially when as beautiful as at West Dean; its varied moods, spaces and associations inspire us. However, the extraordinary variety of nature’s weather and lights change as we look. Monotype offers a means to record rapidly then elaborate and interpret our responses. There is a rich tradition of artist printmakers who have articulated this love of a specific place through their graphic works. Looking carefully at the prints of John Sell Cotman, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Eileen Agar, Prunella Clough and Howard Hodgkin, we will learn from their formal printmaking techniques and the more emotional range of intentions.

By exploring the contrasting processes available in monotype, you will benefit from their complementary approaches. Monotype can be a particularly intuitive medium – painterly and immediate, producing a unique image. However, there are always traces left on the plate that enable the artist to rework the image rapidly and produce variants which can evolve to offer a shifting expression of visual concerns. You will be exploring a wide range of procedures, from direct observation (taking your plates outside) to combining two plates in offset printing to achieve multi coloured overprint. The spontaneous response which monoprinting demands is normally extremely direct, but if strategies are introduced such as stencils and collage, the complexity of the image increases. The reworking of prints through collage with transparent layers and watercolour will turn monotype into an even more exciting experimental medium.

The structure of the course will follow a programme of the group being introduced to a specific technique in the morning session and then as your tutor gets to know your specific needs, the afternoons will be a less structured exploration of your own directions. The final review session is important in terms of tutorial overview, with a detailed analysis of the week’s work and suggestions as to how you could progress after the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. 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 for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, 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 are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Included in the fee for this course is: water based ink, 3 sheets of printing paper, tissue paper and PVA.

What students need to bring

  • Water containers
  • Messy printing clothes, overalls or an apron
  • If possible, research the medium of monotype; Pablo Picasso and Edgar Dégas. If you are a beginner, try drawing from a local landscape, capturing what is important about it for you.
  • Sketchbooks
  • Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Various papers for printing on, tracing paper, carbon paper, white tissue paper
  • Brushes (for water based inks)
  • PVA glue
  • Clear tissue paper as used for wrapping china etc, 10 sheets
  • Set of colours to rework prints with possibly including if you have them: oil pastels/chalk pastels/colured pencils
  • Nori paste rice glue (Yamato is your tutor’s favourite brand but cheaper options just call Nori are available on the internet) - this is a paste (not a wet PVA) and better when working with tissue paper

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including: sketchbooks, pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, various papers for printing on, tracing paper, carbon paper, tissue paper, brushes (for water based inks) and PVA glue.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Mark Cazalet

Mark Cazalet is a contemporary British artist based in London. He has had an eclectic training which has influenced his broad range of media and working processes. He is particularly interested in colour and markmaking which he has explored in glass, textile, printed books, murals and traditional materials.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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