Paper drypoint printmaking with Mary Dalton

Ref: SWE33382

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About this course

Explore mark-making, texture and emotion through the use of everyday tools. Techniques include collaged dry-point, creating tone, monochrome and colour.

Course Description

Using this versatile and expressive print method, explore mark-making, texture and emotion through the use of everyday tools. Techniques include collaged dry-point, creating tone, monochrome and colour.

On the first evening, you will be viewing and trying a range of mark-making techniques using card. The tutor will bring examples to illustrate the textures achievable, giving you time to think about how the marks can integrate with your ideas.

You will explore the exciting potential of using dry-point card to create images. The dry-point card lends itself to a variety of expressive marks, from the drawn line to tonal work, from imprinted textures to unpredictable surfaces. It is a very expressive and versatile medium suited to all, from beginners to experienced printmakers.

You will print in monochrome and explore how to introduce colour and texture to the printed works. Although editioning will be discussed, you will be focusing on unique prints, pushing the potentials of the card to its limits.

Starting with some group projects to get you engaged and under way with the printing process and using the etching press. If you have never used a press, support from the tutor will always be on hand to make sure you feel confident. The tutor will work with you individually to help you to pursue the elements of the dry-point card you find the most engaging and exciting. Regular discussions will be held amongst the group to share, review and explore ideas further.

This will be an involved and intuitive course. Dry-point card is a medium that can be used and developed by any creative, whether experienced or novice. It is forgiving yet challenging, and, most importantly, lots of fun.


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


  • The cost of providing inks, shared amongst the group, and some basic materials to get started

What students need to bring

  • Bring any line and tonal drawings you have as they are useful inspiration. You are also invited to collect any flat textured surfaces (e.g. coarse sandpaper, lace, twine, etc). You can use these to add surface texture to printing plates.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scrim, inks, PVA glue, brushes, scissors, scalpels, pencils, etc.
  • Printmaking paper, tissue paper, sandpaper
  • Available from tutor:
  • Dry-point card, collage papers, tissue paper, etching needles, sandpaper

Additional information

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


Mary Dalton

Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.


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

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