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Both novice and advanced printmaker will find DPW printmaking classes that accommodate and challenge their skill level.  Class sizes are kept to a minimum in order to facilitate individual instruction.

Drypoint Etching 
Saturday, February 17, 10-4pm & Saturday, February 24, 10-4pm

Instructor: Pat Beaton

Fee: $370 + tax

Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate 

Explore the uniquely soft lines that drypoint etching can give you. Each morning will begin with a drawing exercise that will lead us into the process of making prints.

We will delve into the use of colour, inking, and wiping with approaches that are unique to this beautiful technique. A variety of materials can be used as a matrix. Beginning with transparent Duralar film then utilizing repurposed plastic from packaging and even tetra packs. For this technique, neither acids nor chemicals are needed!

Gain hands-on experience working with the studio etching presses as you learn press setups for printing, press operation, and how to register multiple layers of an image.
The studio will provide inks. Other supplies may be purchased from the instructor at cost.
There will be a supply list provided on what to bring with you.

Pat Beaton is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation, and community-engaged public art.

Central to her work is her exploration and questioning of the many ways that human and non-human life co-exist in urban, rural, and wilderness environments of BC and Washington. Her art practice and teaching reflect her evolving understanding of the relationships we have with the land.

Pat’s print work has included relief printmaking (linocut, woodcut), collagraphs, drypoint, lift
prints, and etching. She has often pushed the boundaries of what a print can be by transforming printed materials into large-scale installations. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Lummi Island, Washington with her
partner Doug. She feels restored by being outdoors and is grateful for this opportunity to be
living in close company with the forests and waters of the West Coast.

Saturday/Sunday, 10am - 4pm, March 9 & 10, 2024

Instructor: Jennifer Love
Fee: 320 + tax
Skill level: Beginner to intermediate

Materials: Instructor will provide 6x6” gel plate at cost (or you can bring your own), plus some extra acrylic paints, printing inks, stamps, stencils etc. for use during the class. Students will need to bring a soft brayer, paper, acrylic paints and/or printing inks. Supply list will be provided upon registration.

Printing with a gel plate often feels like it is in the realm of magic. It is a recent addition to the artist’s toolkit and is gaining traction as an essentially painterly method that allows for multiple yet unique prints from the same plate, without a press. This workshop is suitable for those new to printing with a gel plate as well as experienced printmakers who wish to expand their skillset in an atmosphere of exploration and discovery.

We will start with the fundamentals - colour blending and gradations, creating textures, using masks and stencils, the use of different viscosity paints, building a composition and registering multiple layers. We will then move on to resist/transfer printing using a laser print of your own drawings or photographs, combining multiple techniques and layers in a single-pull print and more.

Jennifer has been an artist and teacher for over 40 years. She studied textile arts at Capilano College in North Vancouver and was a founding member of Foxglove Fibre Arts Studio/Gallery on Bowen Island. From 2004 to 2014, she was the BC Representative for the international organization, Surface Design Association (SDA). She has exhibited and taught
workshops on the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, Bowen Island, Saltspring Island, Vancouver and Calgary.


Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2024

Instructor: Julie McIntyre

Fee: $370 + tax

Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate 


The instructor will provide the pronto plates at cost to students and will have some tools available for students to borrow.


The instructor will provide students with a recommended suppliers list and suggested supplies (sharpies, cellulose sponges, litho crayons etc.) upon registration.

George Roberts developed Pronto Plates in 2001 as a new, low cost and nontoxic form of lithography. Far less complicated in process, these plastic plates can be run through a laser printer or drawn with permanent ink or toner and heated to create the “etch”. They are printed using a hand brayer, lithographic ink and wet sponge either by hand, baren or with an intaglio press. Julie will demonstrate its versatility and provide many tips and techniques for students to explore.


Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking in 1987. She has had solo shows in over 20 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 24 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada and is a long-time Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board.



Please register online, in person or via phone during our regular gallery hours. You can also visit here or our Facebook page for updated course information and availability.


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With more than two weeks notice, DPW will refund fees minus a $30 administrative fee. With less than two weeks notice, DPW will refund fees minus a $50 administrative fee.



Courses may occasionally be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Should DPW cancel a course, we will issue a full refund or credit.

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