Monoprint with drawing with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SWE33432

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About this course

Make studies in the West Dean Gardens then experiment with monoprint and drawing to produce characterful and colourful prints.

Course Description

Monoprinting is a painterly way to use print to make one-off images. You will make initial studies in the Gardens and then experiment with combining drawings and monoprint to produce characterful and colourful prints.

This course is aimed at the draftsman in you that is interested in finding new ways of using drawing as a way of expression. During the course, you will be taking inspiration from flowers (inside with still life) and outside (looking, observing and drawing the exquisite flora in situ).

You will be taught observational drawing techniques, looking at flora from close up and from a distance. Fluidity and confidence building will be at the core of the course. You will learn how to adapt and interpret your drawings using several monoprinting techniques.

Monochrome printing as well as colour printing will be encouraged. Monoprints, once printed, will be developed further with additional drawing and pastel work. All processes will be demonstrated in simple forms. This course is aimed at students who want to familiarise themselves with printing techniques where plates, inks, paper and presses are synchronised to give the most effective results.

You will be encouraged to take risks and you will learn from being in a group and sharing your new acquired knowledge. You will also be encouraged to develop your own style of work and to find your individual way to draw through monoprinting.

Textures derived from floral materials will be demonstrated. You will learn how to operate a relief press, an etching press and hand burnished techniques will be demonstrated too.

Your tutor will encourage you to obtain the best from the course. Group discussions and one-to-one tutoring will take place during the course.

At the end of the course, you will have learned to express the draftsperson in you through several monoprinting techniques. You will leave with a selection of drawings and a series of prints.


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


  • Inks, an A5 printing plate and some sampling paper.

What students need to bring

  • Your favourite drawing materials and an apron.
  • Good walking shoes, appropriate clothing. Portable seats are available from the College for use.
  • Bring a sketchbook and a willingness to experiment.
  • Plus any items you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing and printing materials, dry pastels
  • Drawing paper and printing paper of your choice (the tutor will advise you during the first session)
  • Variety of drawing pencils from graphite to charcoal.
  • Paper options: hot pressed printing paper, 160g cartridge paper, Japanese long fibre papers and Khadi papers all which provide different effects to your prints
  • Brushes one of each (small, large and medium).
  • A sketchbook, scissors, masking tape
  • A selection of printing materials are available to purchase in the shop if you want to carry on printing at home, including water-based relief inks, rollers and barens

Additional information

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


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.


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

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