Carborundum – Masterclass with Sheena Vallely

2 day course
5 & 6 September 2024
10am to 4pm

£250 including 4 x A4 plates

Carborundum – Masterclass with Sheena Vallely

Sheena Vallely has a Masters in printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts and has received awards in printmaking including Intaglio Printmaker and The Birgit Scïold Prize. Sheena exhibits in nationally and internationally and her work is in private and public collections including Tate Library.
Printmaking with carborundum is an acid-free process in which different grades of carborundum grit and chalk are separately mixed with acrylic emulsion and applied in different ways to an acetate or to a metal plate. When dry, the plate is inked and printed similarly to an etching. It is a versatile and an editionable process.
The procedure for a two-plate carborundum print is exactly like that for a two-plate etching. Positioning and placement of your marks and choice of colour for each plate will play key roles for a successful two-plate print.

Course structure day one:
• Demonstration of the technique with examples of two-plate prints and plates.
• Explanation of how to make the mediums and their application.
• How to plan out a two-plate image.
• Make two A4 plates.
• How to ink up and wipe down the plate.
• Proofing each plate using the etching press.
• Inking up two plates and how to register each plate using the etching press.
• Further work with two plates and trying different colour combinations.

Course structure day two:
∙ Appreciation of plates and prints from day one.
∙ Plan and make two more plates, leave to dry.
∙ Further methods > combining monoprint with carborundum plate, examples given.
∙ Demonstration of how to mark out monoprint plate and overlay with carborundum plate.
∙ Further inking up and printing day one two-plate combos / today’s two-plate combo, etc

Pre-course information
Notes will be forwarded to participants prior to course.

NB All materials for the masterclass will be provided. Bring sketchbooks and things for starting points. Sheena will be happy to make suggestions if you have nothing at hand to study. 

Experience level
Suitable for those with basic printmaking knowledge and for those wishing to expand their artistic and printmaking skills.

Maximum 8 places


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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.