Printing Special: Tetra Pak Drypoint and Collagraph Printing

Printmaking |
20th May 2023

Printing Special: Tetra Pak Drypoint & Collagraph Printing | Sat 20 May | 12-4pm | £35 | 16+ yrs | Tutor Helena McGregor | Studio 3 & Print Room

Tetra Pak Drypoint & Collagraph Printing is the perfect way to make more environmentally friendly artwork, and recycle Tetra Paks such as milk and juice cartons!

Drypoint is a traditional technique used to engrave and scratch a surface creating an Intaglio plate, without using acids or acid resists.

Collagraph printing uses a variety of low-tech materials collaged together to create a printing plate, with an emphasis on texture.

The Printing Special: Tetra Pak Drypoint & Collagraph Printing workshop will explore a mixture of the two processes by cutting, scratching, and collaging Tetra Paks to create unique printing plates and limited edition prints.

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?

Initially, participants will explore the qualities of the Tetra Pak and the textures it can add to the print. Different mark-making methods will be investigated, such as cutting, scoring, and peeling into the layers of foil, plastic and card. Participants will create their own designs and learn how to ink and hand burnish their plate, explore colour mixing, and then learn how to use the printing press to create a print.

Who is it suitable for?

Tetra Pak Drypoint & Collagraph Printing is suitable for all abilities, everybody is welcome. Participants may never have tried printmaking before or they may wish to explore an alternative technique.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring an apron and/or wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Bring your glasses, if you need them.

You may wish to bring your own images to work from, these can be either black and white or colour. The tutor will supply a range of reference materials available to use.

About the tutor

Helena McGregor is a visual artist, specialising in printmaking, and a qualified Secondary Art and Design Teaching Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in UK and International Schools, teaching 11-18-year-olds in a range of creative subjects. She also has experience in teaching Primary Art, running art CPD sessions and adult art workshops.

See all Creative Learning courses here.


20th May 2023

You might like...



18 April – 1 June 2024

18 Apr – 1 Jun | Foyer Gallery and Sugar Store Gallery | Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm | Free  Moments showcases the work of award-winning artist Catherine...

Read more

Artist Open Exhibition 2024

7 June – 31 July 2024

7 June - 31 July | Foyer Gallery & Sugar Store Gallery | Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm | Free With each piece selected by a panel of...

Read more
Print Room Members Access

Print Room Members Sessions

Print Room Members Sessions | Tue 23 April - Tue 2 July | Thu 25 April - 4 July | 11am-3pm | Membership fee £10...

Book now

Supported by