The Complete Printmaker

Run over a year with 30 weeks of teaching this course gives students a full and comprehensive grounding in printmaking, from monoprint, drypoint, collagraphs through to relief printing, etching, photo-screenprint, waterless lithography and much more.

price £1300 / £*
date 05 Feb, 2024 - 31 Jan, 2025
times 10.00am – 1.00pm
duration 1 year

Set up in 2013 The Complete Printmaker course/s have been full each year. When we set the course up we put a minimum of 6 students. We got 36 enquiries within 2 weeks, so we had to run an evening version to meet demand! As we expanded the workshop and improved facilities we were able to go from 12 students to 16 students and bring in extra tutors so we can split the group and teach more!

The course is the equivalent in experience of a degree in printmaking, although we are not accredited. In fact we think we are better equipped and with more space and tutor time than most degrees. We are not going down the accreditation route as it would mean that we would have to put course fees up significantly to pay for assessors, and buying in the accreditation through a university.

The course runs on Monday mornings from 10.00am to 1.00pm. [Alternatively there is an evening course on Monday evenings 6.00pm – 9.00pm.] On top of the 3 hours taught sessions each week there are 4 hours a week as part of our open access to carry on work.

Materials are included in the course fees. There are no extra/hidden costs. (If you are creating more prints outside of the course or doing more than 4 hours a week in the workshop you can buy a materials card and extra hours. Materials are as affordable as we can make them and extra hours are just £3 an hour like all other members.)

The course includes membership which runs up to 31st January 2025!

Students are taught the fundamentals of printmaking from the simplicity of monoprint and drypoint, through carborundum, collagraph, etching and screenprint. After Summer students are introduced to painterly screenprint, waterless lithography, gum arabic transfer printing and more. It is a 'complete' grounding in printmaking.

Please note:

We are now taking bookings.

The morning session is full, but we are taking reserve names in case anyone drops out. We have a few places left on the evening course.

Course tutor

Jeni Nuttall

Jeni has been teaching printmaking for over 12 years and took over running The Complete Printmaker 1st year course in 2017. Jeni brings her drawing skills and love of markmaking to the course. As well as monoprinting, drypoint, collagraph, painterly screenprint, relief printing and etching, Jeni also is a specialist in waterless lithography and gum arabic transfer printing.

I've loved this course. I'm hooked on printmaking now. The year has flown by. I'm looking forward to going on to do another year. Thank you!


how to join

In order to book please enquire about availablility for the desired course. Please send an email or give a ring stating the required course and date.

0161 743 3111

Enquire about a course

We are happy to answer any questions on the phone but here’s some commonly asked questions and answers below…

Do I need to be experienced to come on a course?

No experience necessary! Some courses are specifically designed for beginners; such as Introduction to Screenprint, …Print or Letterpress, Painterly Screen-printing or The Art of Etching. Other courses such as Mokuhanga, Screen-printing with Natural Dyes or Photopolymer Printing are more tailored to those with some previous experience. However, if in doubt phone us to discuss.

How do I book a place on a course?

The best way to book a place is to phone us on 0161 743 3111. We always try to answer the phones. Our courses book up so quickly that we can be answering the phone all day whilst e-mails may take more time to get through every enquiry and still need us to phone or e-mail you back.

Do you take a deposit to reserve a place?

No. We only confirm bookings on full receipt of payment. We have found in the past that when people book only paying a deposit, it takes twice the time to take bookings and can get complicated when people don’t confirm by the full payment and others want to book a place.

What materials do I need to bring?

Nothing! We provide all materials for courses. All we need you to bring is some inspiration and clothes you don’t mind getting ink on. (In Winter it’s best to dress up warm too.) You will receive an introduction letter letting you know what to prepare, such as drawings, photos, photocopies, collected images, and what size you can expect to work to.

Is food provided?

Unfortunately we can’t lay on lunch. If you are on a day or weekend course please bring your own food. In our small kitchen we have tea, coffee, milk, and sugar and an urn as well as a microwave. The Co-op and Sainsburys are both nearby and we have the luxury of a couple of cafes nearby now with fancy coffee.

Do you have disabled access?

We are limited in our access, with the workshop situated on the first floor and no lifts. We purchased the building in 2017 with the aim to expand and create a fully accessible facility. Unfortunately our ambitions have been set back by covid and other challenges. We are still trying to get full funding to develop the building further and be fully accessible.

Do you have any teacher training courses?

We have Wednesday evening specific CPD teacher training sessions situated under short courses or please email our education officer on for the details of our latest courses or to discuss bespoke courses.

Come And Join Us

We welcome new members all year round. Anyone can join. You need a little bit of experience; but that can be from doing one of our weekend or evening courses, after which you can carry on and practice what you've learnt on the course. We've got a few types of membership to suit your purse or your time. Just g to our Membership section for more details.