Courses & Workshops at DCA

September – December 2016

Discover, enhance or revive your creativity at DCA

Looking to learn some new skills? Begin a hobby? Or get back

into the swing of something you haven’t done in a while? Our

Print Studio has a great selection of courses that will show you

how to use the equipment, get great tips and take home your

creation. Outside the Print Studio we've got a mix of creative

Craft Sunday workshops as well as a range of activity to inspire

the next generation of makers.

Our print facilities are world-class and include state-of-the-art

equipment that anyone can learn to use with the help of our

friendly Print Studio team. Come along to a class, organise some

one-to-one tuition, or get in touch to find something that suits

your ability and fulfils your aspirations.

Courses are suitable for beginners, unless otherwise stated,

and we provide all materials. With your course, you’ll get a

complimentary day use of the Print Studio facilities, and a full

day classes will allow time for lunch breaks.

Book now at, on 01382 909900 or in person at Box Office.

Digital Courses

Introduction to

Adobe Photoshop

Sat 17 & Sun 18 September

(two day course)


£85 (£65)

Learn to explore and start

using the wide range of

possibilities for creating images,

enhancing photos or designing


Introduction to

Adobe Photoshop

(Evening Course)

Thu from 20 October

(four week course)


£85 (£65)

Learn to explore and start

using the wide range of

possibilities for creating images,

enhancing photos or designing



Printing Digital


Sat 12 & Sun 13 November

(two day course)


£95 (£75)

Learn how to get the most

out of your digital photographs.

Adjust and improve images

using computer software and

print beautiful archival inkjet

prints on various papers. If you

don’t have a digital camera

you can bring photos, negatives

or slides to scan (4 x A4 prints


Introduction to

Adobe Lightroom

Sat 26 & Sun 27 November

(two day course)


£85 (£65)

Lightroom is a streamlined

photo-retouching and

organisational software from the

makers of Photoshop. It takes

all the photo-specific functions

and puts them in an easy to use

package. If you want to adjust

your images with a 'straight

photography' aesthetic or before

exporting to another program or

the web, Lightroom is for you.

Get Off Auto

Sat 17 & Sun 18 December

(two day course)


£85 (£65)

Learn your way around your

digital camera settings and

gain confidence by shooting out

and about. This camera–based

course covers different fileformats,

exposure, white balance

and ISO settings as well as

features like Stitch Panorama.

Weekend Courses

Photography Forum

Last Sat of every month


Free, but please book in advance

Compare notes, discuss each

other’s portfolios and get advice

from tutor Malcolm Thomson.

Taster Session

Sat 3 September



Not sure which one of our

courses to try? This session

explains the different processes,

gives you the opportunity to ask

any questions you might have,

and offers a tour of the studio.

You’ll also have the chance to

try a couple of simple processes

for yourself.


Sun 4 September



Learn how to use this fascinating

technique that uses objects and

light rather than a camera to

make a ‘photogram’ image with

a rich three-dimensional quality.

Includes basic black and white

traditional print processing.


Sat 10 & Sun 11 September

(two day course)


£85 (£65)

Come along and learn to make

a long stitch binding with a

wraparound leather cover,

decorative stitching and


Bookbinding, Sat 10 & Sun 11 September

As a special offer for Doors Open Weekend on 17–18 September,

book Gelli Plate Monoprinting and Printing with Paper Pulp

together and secure your place on both courses for £65.

Gelli Plate


Sat 17 September


£45 (£35)

Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is

simple, the gratification is

immediate and the prints

beautiful. Gelli looks and feels

like gelatin, but is durable,

reusable and a lot of fun.

Japanese Woodblock


Sat 24 & Sun 25 September

(two day course)


£115 (£95)

Step back in time to the intriguing

world of Japan’s Edo Period and

gain an insight into the mysteries

of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Artist Campbell Sandilands will

share his stories about his time

studying this technique and you

will learn how to prepare, cut

and print with woodblocks.

Introduction to


Sat 1 October


£45 (£35)

Learn how to laser-cut

and engrave hand-drawn,

computer-generated and

photographic images onto

different materials such as paper,

wood, Perspex and fabric.

Printing with

Paper Pulp

Sun 18 September


£45 (£35)

Learn to use coloured paper pulp

to make prints from simple, drawn

or photographic stencils using

photo-screen print process. Using

no inks or paint, the final effect is

intriguing as the image becomes

part of the paper.

Fish Printing

Sun 2 October



You may have to come and sea

this one for yourself! The title isn’t

just bait for attracting a good

catch, Gyotaku, the Japanese art

of fish printing uses actual fish

or other sea specimens.

Bring along your own fish

and create beautiful results.


for Printmakers:


Sat 8 & Sun 9 October

(two day course)


£95 (£75)

This course is aimed at artists

who want to learn how to use

the laser-cutter to make images

directly on paper and fabric, and

create printing blocks from wood,

lino or plastic that can then be

printed in the Print Studio.

01382 909 900 3

NEW: 3D Printing

Sat 15 & Sun 16 October


£85 (£65)

Ever been curious about 3D

printing? Learn the basic steps

of modelling software and

design and print a 3D model

using coloured plastic. Have a

go at our handheld 3D scanner

and take away files that are

suitable for sending to

commercial 3D printers who

can print in materials from clay

to platinum.

Introduction to


Sat 22 October



Led by John Easson of Quarto

press, this is an opportunity to

learn the basics of letterpress

printing using authentic period

presses with type, wood letter

and blocks.

Japanese Brush


Sun 23 October


£65 (£45)

Gain an insight into the ancient

art form of Shodo, the ‘Way of

the Brush’ with artist Campbell

Sandilands. Experience an ink

grinding meditation, draw a

Zen circle and numerous

characters using different

styles of calligraphy and


Mounting and


Sat 5 & Sun 6 November

(two day course)


£95 (£75)

Cut mounts and make your

own frames using conservation

methods, materials and

techniques that are suitable

for framing your own prints

and photos at home. Bring

something along with you that

you’d like to frame (under

A4 size).


Creative vinyl-cutting

Sat 19 & Sun 20 November

(two day course)


£95 (£75)

This brand new course teaches you

how to use a state-of-the-art vinyl

cutter to cut designs, text, drawings

and images onto vinyl for wall-art,

or to make printing screens and

blocks. Combine hand-made marks

with digital drawing techniques and

photographic images.


28 & 29 October

As part of Make:Shift:Do, a

nationwide programme of craft

and innovation workshops led

by the Crafts Council, we're

delighted to offer two days of

taster sessions and open days.

Come along and see what's on

offer in the open-access Print

Studio, discover fascinating

technologies from 3D printing

to laser-cutting and CNC

engraving, and maybe pick

up a new skill or two. Full

programme to be announced:

visit for

more details.

NEW: Design for Print

Sat 26 & Sun 27 November


£95 (£75)

Graphic designers and lecturers

Mike Inglis and Belinda Tippen will

teach the basics of design and

image construction. Learn how to

combine and manipulate digital,

photographic and hand-drawn

imagery and text to make and use

separations for screen-printing or

any other print medium.


Oriental pad-printing

Sat 3 & Sun 4 December

(two day course)


£85 (£65)

Created in China before moving to

Japan, this method is designed for

making right-reading prints of stone

and metal memorial texts, textured

and patterned surfaces. The results

can be subtle or bold, monochrome

or coloured.

Merry Riso

Sat 10 December


£45 (£35)

The beginning of December is a great

time to start getting creative with

Christmas stationery. Produce a run

of lo-fi Risograph cards, or prints for

gifts. This eco-friendly, fast-paced

method is a hybrid of photocopying

and silkscreen using soy-based inks

and recycled paper.

Babs Robertson

Lino Printing

Sun 11, Sat 17 and

Sun 18 December

(three day course)


£115 (£95)

Renowned for her mastery of the

medium of intricate, multicolour linocut

prints, Babs will guide you through the

methods she uses to achieve such

striking results.

Creative vinyl-cutting: Sat 19 & Sun 20 November


Evening Courses

Etching (Beginners)

Tue from 13 September

(six week course)


£95 (£75)

Learn how to create beautiful,

traditional prints using metal

plates with acids to produce

finely drawn and richly textured


Screen Printing


Thu from 15 September

(three week course)


£65 (£45)

Learn from scratch how to

explore the creative possibilities

of this colourful, graphic and

immediate approach to making

repeat prints, popularised

by Warhol.


Case Binding

Mon from 26 September

(six week course)


£95 (£75)

Learn to make a hard cover

binding covered with colourful

cloth and decorative paper,

suitable as a journal or gift for

special occasion. No experience

needed, all materials provided

but you can bring your own

decorative papers to use.

Twilight Taster

Thu 13 October



Like to try one of our courses but

not sure which one? In this short

twilight session our tutors will

talk you through the different

techniques and show you

examples of processes and


Screen Printing


Wed from 19 October

(four week course)


£85 (£65)

Move on to develop your skills,

using photographic techniques

and power-assisted screen

printing tables. For those who

have completed Screen Printing

(Beginners) or similar.

Wood Engraving with

Beth Robertson

Tue from 25 October

(four week course)


£95 (£75)

A form of printmaking that uses

fine engraving tools to create

finely detailed designs. The

images are created by cutting

into the surface of the end grain

of box, lemon or cherry wood.

Waterless Plate


Wed from 16 November

(four week course)


£85 (£65)

Learn to use waterless

lithography plates to combine

photographic, digital and

hand-drawn imagery. Waterless

plate makes lithography quick

and easy, and can be combined

with many other techniques.

Etching (Intermediate)

Tue from 22 November

(five week course)


£95 (£75)

Explore exciting etching

techniques such as chine-collé,

multi-plate and viscosity printing

to create vibrant, colourful,

embossed etchings. Follow on

class from Etching for Beginners.



Thu from 24 November

(four week course)


£65 (£45)

This course will introduce

several different forms of

monoprinting, each with their

own distinctive characteristics.

Including Gelli-plate, watercolour

monoprint and oil-based


Black & White


Thu from 24 November

(four week course)


£65 (£45)

Learn how to process your black

and white film, make contact

sheets and explore printing.

Bring an exposed Ilford FP4

film with you and find out how

easy it can be.

01382 909 900 5

Craft Sundays

Develop your skills and be inspired by a wide range of craft and design ideas. We provide the materials,

friendly atmosphere, tea and biscuits to fuel your making. Book now at or by calling

01382 909900.

Frame Loom Weaving

with Le Petit Moose

Sun 11 September

12:00–17:00 I £25 (SELLING QUICKLY)

Stephanie Fradette from Le Petit Moose creates unique

handwoven wall hangings from her love of the frame loom

weaving. Join Stephanie to learn how to make your own

modern hand-woven wall hanging and you’ll find out how to

warp your loom, weave, create shapes, add some fringes

and finishing touches.

Hand Folded Paper Lampshade

with Kate Colin

Sun 9 October

12:00–17:00 I £25

Join Glasgow based designer Kate Colin to explore a

range of three dimensional shapes and learn basic folding

techniques that can be created from a flat piece of paper.

Use these skills to create a hand folded geometric paper

lampshade that you get to take home at the end of the day.

Make your own advent calendar

Sun 20 November

12:00–17:00 I £25

Make December even more exciting by creating your very

own advent calendar to open up each day. Come along

and learn techniques such as paper cutting, hand sewing,

printmaking and paper folding. We’ve got four calendar

models to choose from – make one for yourself, or create

one as a festive gift.

Bunty and Bella’s Annual

Christmas Crafternoon

Sun 4 December

12:00–17:00 I £25

Bunty and Bella are back with their annual Christmas

Crafternoon! We’ll have an array of handmade techniques

for you to try. Make a geometric paper wreath, Scandinavian

inspired felt decorations and some seasonal bunting. Enjoy

a sweet treat, some Christmas tunes and leave feeling

prepared for the festive season!


Creative Skills for 11–16 year olds

These courses are ideal for budding creatives; you will learn new skills, make friends and work with

professional artists. All materials are included in the course fee, advance booking strongly recommended.

Book now at or by calling 01382 909900.

Stop Motion Animation:

Bringing Science Stories and

Characters to Life

From Mon 5 September (five week course)

18:00–20:30 I £15

Come and find out how art and science can work together to visualise

scientific concepts! Combine your interest in making animations with

some fascinating science stories and characters from the world of

immunology or biofilms. Create your own scenes and leave with a


Supported and subsidised by The School of Life Sciences,

University of Dundee, with funding from the Wellcome Trust.

DCA Young Photo Club

Tue 6 September, Tue 4 October, Tue 8 November,

Tue 6 December (monthly during school terms year round)

18:00–20:00 I £8 per session

Join our monthly skills-building workshop for young photographers.

Each session is led by an artist or professional local photographer with

time to review your work and join in a photo challenge for the following

session. This term we will be focusing on going outside, creating a

table-top studio, close-ups,unusual portraits, drawing with light and

night-time photography.

Supported by Dundee Photographic Society.

Successful Portfolios:

Portfolio Oomph is here to help you

Wed 21 September


Free, but limited places so please book in advance

Thinking about studying art? Join Portfolio Oomph to look at what

a portfolio is and how to create one. Get tips on open days,

researching courses, digital portfolios and the application process.

This free event is designed to point you in the right direction and

show you some examples of successful portfolios. You’ll also get

a tour of our Print Studio facilities that can help add a range of

interesting print and digital artwork to your portfolio.

Super Screen Print Skills: Creativity,

Imagination, Colour and Music

From Mon 31 October (five week course)

18:00–20:00 I £50

A super fun short-course in screen printing that’s great for budding

print makers. Explore the possibilities of screen and monotype printing

and have a go at lino cutting. Inspired by the work of Sister Corita Kent

and Katy Dove, you’ll finish the course with a suite of prints.

01382 909 900 7

Book now online,

via 01382 909900 or

visit us in person.

DCA Box Office is open daily

from 10:00 until 20:00.

Courses cannot be exchanged

or refunded after purchase

except in the case of a

cancelled class.

Ticket offers are subject to

availability and may not be

used in conjunction with any

other offer. All tickets must be

paid for at point of booking.

Duncan Marquiss, Noise, Screenprint, edition of 10 (detail of work in production), 2016

Editions & Publications

While his exhibition, Copying Errors, was on show in our galleries earlier

this year, Scottish artist Duncan Marquiss spent some time in our Print

Studio creating new editions using enlarged images of jay feathers as a

starting point. Marquiss is interested in the relationship between natural

evolution and human behaviour, and biological variations caused by

errors in the reproduction of genetic information. His choice of

screenprinting is also linked to his subject, a print process that copies

and transfers an image composed of discrete units of information

through the mesh of the screen. As each print in this edition is

handmade, every copy is open to variation and human error.

Two screenprints and a cyanotype print by Duncan Marquiss are

currently in production and available for reservation. A new publication

documenting the work from his recent exhibition is currently available in

DCA Shop.

To purchase or reserve an edition, to receive shipping or framing

quotes, or for further information please contact Sandra De Rycker

on 01382 909255 or email at

Book more than ten days in advance for a

Print Studio course and get a 10% discount.

Just use the code 10DAYS when booking in

person, online or over the phone.

10DAYS ticket offer is not valid for Craft Sundays or 11–16s courses.

DCA Print Studio is open

Tue – Thu: 11:00–21:00

Fri – Sat: 11:00–18:00

Closed Sun & Mon

DCA welcomes everyone and

we are committed to making

our programme and facilities

accessible. If you have

any questions regarding

accessibility, please call us

on 01382 909900.

Whilst every effort is taken

to ensure the information

within this guide is accurate,

mistakes do happen. DCA

reserves the right to make

changes to the programme

as necessary.

DCA reserves the right to

refuse admission.

Courses in DCA Print Studio

are aimed at ages 18+.

In some circumstances

15 –18 year olds may attend

if accompanied by an adult:


for more information.

Book with us on 01382 909900

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