Chris Orr RA – Masterclass in Hybrid Printmaking

3 day course
28, 29 & 30 November 2023
10am to 4pm

£325 including all materials

Chris Orr RA – Masterclass in Hybrid Printmaking

“I have always been fascinated by printing. From an early age I visited printing works because my father was in the trade. When I became an artist I realised that printmaking was the extension of all that wonderful print technology that has transformed the world. Essentially, creative printmaking is a hybrid version of commercial printing techniques, so hybridity is at the core.”

Currently his intaglio work has been in engraving on plastic, he is also a great enthusiast for lithography in all it’s forms. The marriage of the clear sharpness of the intaglio line and tone with the softness and fluidity of lithography is beautiful. Add to that the power of relief print and you can have terrific results.  He is appreciative of sophisticated techniques but at the core of his practice he values simplicity and directness.

Chris will demonstrate the techniques he uses to create his prints through making a work of his own in our studio using the combination of three different processes — intaglio, counter proof intaglio,
lithography, monoprint and relief.  You will then use the techniques to produce works of your own, with the demonstration of Chris’ hybrid techniques stimulating new combinations.

Course structure

  • Introduction to the ideas outlined above and showing some examples of prints of Chris’ that use hybrid processes.
  • On Day 1, using some existing drawn intaglio plastic plates Chris will demonstrate proofing these in various combinations, and draw up and process some litho plates to work in combination with the intaglio and print proofs of these together.
  • Chris will demonstrate cutting and using some paper relief shapes and proofing on to the other processes, and then cut some plastic relief shapes to print with mono print inking to proof onto other processes.
  • Participants will use the same processes to create their own individual layered hybrid prints.

Pre course information
Students should come prepared with sketches/ideas for simple images.

Experience level
Suitable for those with some experience of Lithography and drypoint and/or those wishing to refresh their skills who would like to join a Masterclass .


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Payment / Terms and Conditions

For all courses except CPSC Certificate course

Full payment of the course fee is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until full payment has been received.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date.

For CPSC Certificate course

Payment for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this payment has been received. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due at the end of the previous term. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due before the first day of each term.

If for any reason prior to the commencement of the course you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £20.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date. Once you start the course on Term 1 you have committed to all 3 terms. Course transfers are at the discretion of Curwen Print Study Centre.

There is an option to book your place for £100 deposit. If you choose this option your place is secured. The balance of term 1 will be due 20 working days before the start of the course. If you cancel more than 20 working days before the course start date, we will refund monies paid minus a £20 admin fee. If your place is not cancelled during this timescale, and the balance is not paid then the deposit is non refundable. All other Terms & Conditions remain the same.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.