Drypoint on Copper

Short Course


Drypoint is a printmaking technique that creates a line-based image by using sharp tools to scratch into the surface of a copper plate. The style of this method lends itself well to loose drawing and expressive, fluid mark making.

What will you learn?

Often confused with the process of etching, Drypoint is in itself an individual, standalone technique. It consists of drawing, or ‘engraving’, fairly deepl y into the copper plate using specialist tools in order to create an image. Unlike etching there is no use of resists or mordants to bite the metal plate, making drypoint a fairly simple way to create a plate for printing multiple prints.

At Green Door, we use copper plates in order to create our drypoint prints. We feel this metal gives the drypoint print a certain image quality which distinguishes it from etchings. By using copper, there is a soft ‘burr’ in the ink quality, which is created by the curl of the metal produced when drawing with the etching needle. This ‘burr’ is something which printers like to maintain by printing and wiping carefully.

Drypoint technique has historically often been used by artists to correct plates when they are being etched, but as a stand-alone process it can be a very versatile and precise medium.


Topics covered:

  • A brief history of drypoint and its terminology
  • Paper types, tools and materials in intaglio printmaking
  • How to produce your own prints using the methods covered
  • How to sign and edition your prints


* Children younger than 18 may be accompanied by a parent (at no extra cost). Please note these classes are not suitable for children younger than 15 years old due to the printmaking machinery/tools involved.


Available Date(s)

Sat 15 June 2019
2 places available

Sat 19 October 2019
4 places available


11am - 4pm
5 hours including lunch break

Course Tutor

Alan Jenkins

Suitable for Beginners


All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.

For details about what to prepare before for your course begins, please read through our How to Prepare page.


Regular (£100)

Our regular rate is applicable if you are currently in full or part time employment.

Green Door Members

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Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate £90
Our concessionary rate is applicable if you are aged 60 years or older, aged 13 years or younger, and/or in receipt of any state benefits. Please note: undergraduate students are not eligible for our concessionary rate.

Student Rate £85
Our student rate is applicable if you are aged 13+ years, and in full-time education or currently studying towards an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

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