Printmaking Classes  

Christine Porter teaches various printmaking classes. They can be taken as weekend workshops, longer schools, individual tutorial or ongoing classes. Scroll down for those already written but note that this is not an complete list: Christine is happy to work with you to create learning experiences that match the needs of your artists. Contact us directly to discuss, or to book a workshop.

colour (intaglio) printmaking

These workshops are about the printing part of print-making. Explore the many different ways of printing in COLOUR from the plates created during the workshop (various drypoint and engraving techniques on a number of different surfaces) as well as from student’s own, already etched, plates.

Using artists’ previously etched plates the workshop is a time of experimenting with ways to add colour easily without having to etch more metal. Suits the experimental printmaker who wants to create a variety of marks easily, or the scientific printmaker who likes to test images first. A full day or days of technical interrogation.
2-3 days to literally print a single plate in 50 variations.
Using basic drypoint plate techniques on a variety of household surfaces to create instant plates for sketching with, or for secondary layers on multi-plate prints.
Taking the sketching plates out in the open, sketching and bringing them back into the studio to work up into finished artwork or artist books. Tools, methods, tricks, challenges.

The workshops, depending on the version chosen, cover:
– different methods of inking and printing plates using the student’s own, or previously etched plates. Suits those who work in multiples or in unique states. Includes inking intaglio and relief; masking, dolly wiping and more.  All of Christine’s 125 editioned etchings use coloured inks even those printed from a  single plate; most incorporate dolly wiping and blending over several plates.
-other printmaking topics such as: which ink does what, how different colours, pigments and brands differ, using white and black ink, materials other than ink, multi plate colour etching, developing narratives within the final image, safe workplace practices AND MUCH MORE.
-how to make a simple drypoint plate, using a number of techniques on a number of different surfaces, including readily available, inexpensive, household materials. Christine uses metal and acid in her own practice but has developed teaching methods that result in quick results allowing for more information to be taken back to the artist’s studio.

Christine’s teaching strategies include demonstration and explanation. Because these are technical workshops, she has developed strategies for building success for everyone.  Working small at first, each student creates a library of marks and techniques – compiling their many inking, wiping and printing experiments into a self printed, studio resource book. Some students may create their own individual projects if the time permits: others may take the time to simply experiment further.

suited to

  • artists with some experience in printmaking
  • artists who have attended some of Christine’s printmaking workshops before. She has MORE information than previously, and has streamlined her teaching strategies so that everyone gets even more from the weekend
  • artists with no experience in printmaking, but experience in other media (especially any 2D process)
  • high school art teachers: those with printmaking experience and those who trained in other areas
  • primary school teachers who may feel that this sort of art is too difficult for their classroom
  • people who’ve never made a painting, etching or even a singe piece of art before in their whole lives.

type – 1-2 day workshops (or longer). Could easily be adjusted to 6-8 weeks of individual training
class size – For every 10-15 students there needs to be enough space and a press
other – see notes below


printmaking for non-artists

This is a workshop or short experience which aims to get non-artists making art and having fun doing it. Using drypoint as the medium, each participant makes a simple plate then prints a number of variations. This format works well in a community access situation.

suited to

  • non-artists or community members
  • people who’ve never made a painting, etching or even a singe piece of art before in their whole lives
  • special interest groups such as scouts (etc).

type – 1/2 or 1 day workshop. Community access situation such as market or fair.
class size – For every 10-15 students there needs to be enough space and a press. For larger groups extra support may be required.
other – see notes below


solar-plate etching

Solar plate printing is when the  photo-sensitive surface laid over a metal plate is manipulated with UV light in order to create a new surface that is sturdy, waterproof ready to be wiped intaglio or relief. This precludes the use of acids traditionally used to etch a metal plate and makes for a safer studio. From this new technology have come new and exciting ways of making a mark including using found objects and “drawing” with a photocopier.The materials needed for solar plate are more expensive so the materials fee per student is more than for other printmaking workshops.

The workshop includes all of the main topics from the workshop colour intaglio printing, and many of the minor topics if there is time plus:

  • how to create a solar plate for printing intaglio or releif
  • how inking and printing this type of plate differs from a conventional metal, plastic or paper plates.


printmaking in the classroom

Having been a classroom teacher herself, Christine understands the value to both students and teachers of having the input of a specialist especially in the technique heavy art subjects at this time of numeracy and literacy testing. She has had huge success making etchings with school students from infants through to the senior school. For more information about programs, availability and fees etc go to The artist in the classroom


profesional development for teachers

This two or three hour workshop is a hands–on chance for teachers to experiment with ways of printing drypoint with specific information about how it can fit into the high school or primary school classroom. Includes afternoon tea. For more information go to The artist in the classroom.


976_albumworkshop space
For every 10-15 participants, there needs to be enough space for each person to have 1 metre of desk space each (card table size) +  at least one trestle tables for communal use
Good ventilation is vital
The tables should be “art” tables and may get dirty , even though covering will be used
Specific needs will be discussed at the planning stage of the workshop

tools and equipment
If the group has access to another etching press that would add to the workshop (try high schools or other artists in the area)
Some workshops will need access to a plain paper copier. A desk top copier is adequate. Sometimes Christine may be able to bring this piece of equipment.
Equipment needs will be discussed prior to the workshop.

The class usually uses oil based inks so women who are pregnant or breastfeeding will not be able to take part. As water-based inks become available, Christine will be including them.
Please advise Christine if you are sensitive to any chemicals such as citrus.
The workshop space is not a safe place for children under school age
Closed in shoes must be worn – students without shoes will not be able to take part
The class can be as big as the organisers like, as long as there is enough space and etchings presses for everyone (one press , and an extra trestle table for every 10 -15 students, as well as their indivudual workstations). Many more than 25 in the class takes the personal attention away from individuals

the tutor will bring
A small travelling press (see note above about sourcing another one locally if possible)
All materials needed to attend to the learning experiences: all paper, ink, plate, clean-up, other consumables – to be reimbursed by the participants at cost
Materials for resale at cost if there is not an art supplier in your town
Technical information

students may need to bring
Images or ideas for artwork, some tools and equipment.
The beginning, inexperienced or disorganised student is welcome and will be catered for
A detailed materials list will be supplied before the class for those students who work better that way


Christine charges a tuition fee (daily rate) + travel (if more than 2 hour drive from Lismore) + accommodation (if necessary)
Materials costs per student start from $15 per day, depending on the workshop, its length and any extra materials purchased.
More information: fees and booking