Etching with Aquatint with Jamie Barnes

2 & 3 August 2018

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction and display of examples. Participants will then make a drawing using photographs and their imagination to be used as a reference to etch their plate. Participants will be encouraged to capture the atmosphere of a place, not simply a slavish copy, using a composite approach as well as exaggeration and abstraction. 

The rest of the course will be taught hands-on as the whole class is lead through the process of making a line etching, then adding a full range of tones using the fascinating aquatint technique. When the plate is finished, the range of lines and tones will have been permanently etched into the plate, and the tutor will lead the class to ink up their plates and make a print on the etching press.

By the end of the session, you will have made a small amount of Aquatint Etchings to take home.

Jamie is a Freelance Curator and Printmaker in based in the Lake District. His artwork is principally concerned with manmade structures: houses, buildings, townscapes and structures in the landscape. Jamie has been a semi-professional printmaker for ten years. He mainly uses the aquatint etching technique to make his prints, a technique he loves for the quality of line, its depth of texture and for the random marks picked up by the process which he often chooses to preserve.

For Jamie all printmaking comes from drawing, which he loves to do. He enjoys taking his love of line drawing and transforming it through the magic of printmaking processes. He is interested in the lines, shapes and details of architecture and engineering but also in the human stories which are played out within buildings. In his work he often leaves lights burning inside the houses he depicts. This is partly so we can imagine what is going on inside; the secret and silent dramas which any inhabited place contains.

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00
Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Woodcut printmaking with Anthony Ratcliffe

26/07/2018 – 27/07/2018

This workshop will introduce participants to various methods of woodcut printmaking with the intention of making a two-colour print over the two days.

The artist will present samples of his own work and talk about the use of woodcut prints in book art, showing samples and associated sketchbooks, blocks and materials. There will be a discussion about papers, wood, tools and inks as well as more advanced multicolour printing techniques.

Students are encouraged to bring their own images to work from and all printing materials and papers will be provided.

Anthony still runs workshops for Manchester School of Art (MMU) teaching , BA, MA, PHD and first year foundation students, you do not require any previous experience and the workshop is designed to accommodate established artists and interested novices.

His commissioned prints are in private and corporate collections including Manchester Airport PLC, Parliamentary Art Collection, MMU Special Collections, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the British Council.

Recently the Anthony has exhibited at the Royal Geographic Society, the Mountain Arts Festival-Cumbria, Woolwich Print Fair, Neo International Print Prize Exhibition, New Light, Printfest and Dean Clough. He is also a member of and exhibits regularly with Leeds Fine Artists and Manchester Academy of Fine Art.

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00
Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Experimental Screenprint with Bonnie Craig

19 & 20 July 2018

Experiment with colour, shape, composition, texture and pattern in this two-day screen-printing workshop with artist Bonnie Craig.

The workshop will take a creative and playful approach to screen-printing using techniques including layering, masking, overprinting and collage to create unique and expressive prints. Participants will be encouraged to use the screen as an image-making and mark-making tool, and to explore screen-printing as an experimental process.

Participants will bring their own ideas and inspiration to the workshop and will have the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively. You’ll take home a collection of your own prints, and some collaborative pieces that you’ve worked on with other people.

Screen-printing experience is not needed, but please bring an open mind and be ready to play!

Bonnie Craig is an artist who works predominantly with pattern. Based in Lancaster in north-west England, she has an MA in Surface Pattern and works on public and community art commissions, solo and group exhibitions, and workshops and collaborative artworks.

She has run workshops with organisations such as the Wellcome Collection, Lancashire Science Festival, Light Up Lancaster and Art Market York and has completed residencies with Art Gene, In Certain Places, the Little Beach Hut of Dreams and Artlab at the University of Central Lancashire.

She fell in love with screen-printing four years ago, drawn to the simplicity and speed of the process. She tends to produce one-off screen-prints, as opposed to editions, and often starts work with no set plan – making the most of chance and intuition in her printmaking process.

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00
Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Collagraph and Carborundum with Michelle Rowley

12th & 13th July 2018


Surfaces and Signs of the City – with Collagraph and Carborundum Print

Explore the text and textural environment of the town and city through the rich potential of colour and texture provided by the collagraph process in this two-day workshop.

Learn about plate making with a range of media and materials focusing on textural relief, letterforms and surfaces found in the urban landscape and develop your own multiple plates. Michelle will provide visual references to work with, but you are welcome to bring your own!


On the second day, you will learn how to ink the plates with intaglio and relief methods, explore colour and layers, stencils and embossing.

Michelle is a lecturer in Fine Art at Wirral Met College and specialises in printmaking and artists’ books. She has developed a number of collaborative printmaking and book arts projects including Brigham

Young University, Utah. She is currently studying for an MA in Site and Archive Intervention at UCLan where she is investigating aspects of our relationship to ‘place’.

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Summer Workshop Programme 2018

We are pleased to announce our Summer Workshop Programme 2018.

Please get in touch to book a place.

Collagraph and Carborundum with Michelle Rowley

  • 12th & 13th July 2018
  • 10:00-16:00

Experimental Screenprint with Bonnie Craig

Woodcut printmaking with Anthony Ratcliffe

Etching with Aquatint with Jamie Barnes

Drypoint & monoprint with Theresa Taylor

Reduction Vinyl with Jacqui Dodds

Each Workshop: Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Further details about individual workshops will be available very soon.

Printmaking: Introduction/Refresher Workshop (09/07/18 – 13/08/18)

Would you like to try printmaking or refresh your printmaking skills? Perhaps you are looking for a new creative direction? If so, then this is the workshop for you!

Printmaking: Introduction/Refresher Workshop

  • Day: Monday (1pm-4pm)
  • Starts: 09/07/2018 (and runs for 6 weeks)
  • Dates: 09/07, 16/07, 23/07, 30/07, 06/08, 13/08
  • Level: Beginner/Refresher
  • Cost: £120.00
  • Includes all materials (full payment required on the first session)

This is a 6 week workshop for anyone who would like to try printmaking for the first time or refresh their printmaking skills in a professional studio environment. The aim of the workshop is to give you a series of practical taster sessions on a variety of creative printmaking techniques.

Over the 6 weeks there will be sessions on each of the following printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, collagraph, mono and screen. You will be taught by one of the Regional Print Centre’s Print Facilitators who have a wealth of printmaking knowledge and understanding.

All materials and equipment will be provided and participants are encouraged to explore their own subject and creative influences throughout the workshop sessions.

Participants who complete the 10 week programme can then progress to our Focus on Printmaking Workshops and Visiting Artists Workshops. You can also use the Regional Print Centre’s open access facilities to develop their work and understanding.

Regional Print Centre Membership 2018-19

In order to use the studio during Open Access sessions you need to become a Centre member.

We are very happy to welcome new members to the Centre. To join the studio we require you to be proficient in at least one or two basic printmaking methods so you are able to use the facilities safely and self-sufficiently. We do offer technical support and studio supervision in all our Open Access sessions.

If you are new to printmaking or would like to refresher your skills, you can sign up to one of our Printmaking Introduction/Refresher workshops.

In 2018/19, we will be offering two types of membership.

Standard Annual Membership

1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019

  • Use of the studio space and printmaking facilities during open access sessions on a pay as you go basis (£8.00 for up to 4 hours / £12.00 for a full day)
  • Technical and practical support during open access sessions
  • Membership only discounts on workshops
  • Regular email updates
  • £45.00

Inclusive Annual Membership

1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019

  • Use of the studio space and printmaking facilities during all open access sessions (120+ sessions)
  • Technical and practical support during open access sessions
  • Membership only discounts on workshops
  • Regular email updates
  • £145.00

To sign up, please download, complete and return our membership form

All fees will be used to support the running of the Centre

Regional Print Centre 2018/19

We are delighted to announce that Coleg Cambria has been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding to run the Regional Print Centre project in 2018/19. The Centre will continue to offer training and development opportunities through the medium of printmaking. These include:

  • studio open access (120+ sessions per year)
  • a studio membership scheme (for Open Access users/offering discounts and exclusive offers)
  • specialist workshops with guest printmakers/artists
  • printmaking courses
  • an annual print symposium

All events will be advertised on our website/social media channels throughout the year.


Electro-etching with Andrew Baldwin and Don Braisby (31/05/18 – 01/06/18)

An integrated safer & less toxic approach to etching

31 May & 1 June 2018

This workshop will demonstrate the mark making potential of combining the use of electro-etching and the safer etching processes and techniques developed and taught by Andrew Baldwin. Electro-etching provides a safe, cost effective and creative replacement for acid etching and its alternatives. The combination of the safer etching techniques and electro-etching makes it possible to etch in an open studio and to teach etching in the classroom.

This is a practical hands-on workshop

Workshops aim:

  • Provide a simple introduction to the theory and practice of electro-etching and safer etching.
  • Introduce the equipment needed for electro-etching and plating, how to set it up and use it safely.
  • Creative plate making using safer methods and processes to; lay grounds, aquatint plates, spit bite and sugar lift.
  • Proofing and printing plates in two colours.
  • Introduced participants to electroforming and electrotyping as a potential process in printmaking, jewellery and sculpture.


  • Participants will have gained a working knowledge of electro-etching and the use of safer etching processes and techniques to use in their print making practice.
  • Provide feedback for post-doctoral research.

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Focus on Printmaking Workshops

  • A series of 2 day workshops in a specific printmaking process
  • Level: intermediate/advanced
  • Cost: Each Workshop: Non-members £70.00/Members £60.00 (Booking essential via email or telephone)
  • Includes materials (payment required on the first session)
  • Upcoming workshops

    Focus On: Japanese Vinyl & Inking Techniques

    • Dates: 28/03/2018 & 29/03/2018

    Focus On: Etching with Acrylic Resists

    • Dates: 05/04/2018 & 06/04/2018

    Our series of Focus on Printmaking Workshops offer a valuable opportunity to discover new processes and develop a sophisticated understanding of printmaking. They are designed to meet the requirements of people with a keen interest in the subject and cater for varying levels of experience.

    Each 2-day workshop aims to give participants knowledge and understanding of a particular process (for example Linocut, Collagraph, Drypoint, Etching or Screenprint) and an opportunity to produce work that shows a creative response to that printmaking technique. You will be taught by one of the Regional Print Centre’s Print Facilitators who have a wealth of printmaking knowledge and understanding.

    All materials and equipment will be provided and participants are encouraged to explore their own subject and creative influences throughout the 2-day workshop.

    Participants can move on to use the open access printmaking facilities available through the Centre to further develop their work. They can also progress to our specialist Visiting Artists Workshops which take place regularly throughout the year.