Printmaking Courses

Introduction to Drypoint: Two day printmaking course taught by Ali Yanya

Ali is a regular exhibitor at the Childwickbury Arts Fair and is much in demand as a teacher and lecturer. We are very lucky that he can come to Childwickbury and take this new course for us.

Ali Yanya 

Ali says:

“Among all printmaking techniques and processes drypoint is the most direct printing method and probably the nearest to drawing. Traditionally the plate was copper but now zinc, aluminium, acetate or plexiglas are also commonly used. Lines and marks are scratched into the plate using a sharp pointed tool called steel, diamond or carbon point drypoint needle, or more experimentally any sharp instrument such as nails, screws or scissors etc.

Cutting into the plate throws up on each side of the cut ridges displaced metals called burr. When the ink is applied to the recessed areas of the plate, by dabbing and wiping, these ridges will also take some ink and print a kind of inky glow around the line. This is what makes this medium exciting and unpredictable.”

During this two-day course you will be;

  • Introduced to printmaking tools,
  • Practicing mark making
  • Transferring and developing an image onto an aluminium plate
  • Inking and printing using the printing press.


2020 DATES

March 14th & 15th

May 9th & 10th

September 12th & 13th

November 14th & 15th


£120 for the weekend, all materials included. Bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee provided. (Max 10 per class).
If you have something in mind that you would like to draw, then bring it with you.

Courses are non-residential and run from 10am to 5pm. Parking is available outside the print studio.

To enquire or book please email 

Payment is required at the time of booking.Your payment guarantees your place. 
No refunds are available from one week before the course dates.

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or change the dates listed above. 
You will be refunded or can choose another date if this occurs.