Trace and imprint – gelatine plate and embossed printmaking with Jane Fox

Ref: SWE31283

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About this course

Starting with walking as a way to engage with ideas of marking, trace and imprint as you move about the environment, this will be followed by time in the studio for further explorations using printmaking techniques of blind embossing and gelatine plates.

Course Description

On this practical course, you will start with walking as a way to connect with and travel about the environment along the paths and throughways at West Dean. Engaging with ideas of marking, trace and imprint as we move through the grounds of the college on an approximately four mile walk with guided activities, you will be drawing, collecting, sharing and generating ideas through a printmaking lens.

On return to the studio, you will be introduced to and supported to explore blind emboss and gelatine printing plates as two print-based ways to process and build on information collected, remembered or imagined whilst walking, making experimental prints on a variety of papers. Gelatine plates have a sensitive surface that can be worked upon to make monoprints, whilst blind emboss is an intaglio process from which both imprints and multiples can be made. You will be able to make test prints on paper, building up a series as you develop your image-based ideas.

Your tutor will support you with demonstrations, examples, and conversation in support of your learning the techniques and developing your prints through the media on offer, sharing inspirations and the work of other artists along the way.

‘All things are engaged in writing their history……Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. The ground is all memoranda and signatures; and every object covered over with hints.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


  • On this course, the College will supply some of the materials, including gelatine plates, papers and card, drawing materials, carborundum and inks.

What students need to bring

  • Dry drawing materials (pencil, rubber etc)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of drawing and printing materials and additional paper if needed

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing: comfortable footwear and wet weather layers for walking, or sun hat and sunscreen if hot. Please carry drinking water. For the workshop or studio, please wear old clothes, an apron and stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence. Please note that this course involves an approximataley four mile walk.


Jane Fox

Jane has an MA in Contemporary Visual Art from Falmouth College of Arts. An experienced facilitator, she has worked with Carnival Collective, Rocket Artists and Fine Art Printmaking students at the University of Brighton. Jane has exhibited in London, the Southeast and internationally and is a director at East Side Print, Brighton.


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

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