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Photo Polymer Gravure Etching by Martyn Grimmer
Introduction to Photo Polymer Gravure for Drawing and Photography
non-toxic intaglio printmaking course
with Martyn Grimmer
Course Outline:
Artist and master printmaker Martyn Grimmer will introduce you to both drawing and photographic platemaking and printing using this sensitive and flexible intaglio printmaking method. Photopolymer Gravure uses steel plates with a light sensitive coating to produce beautiful tonal and linear intaglio prints. This method is acid free, using ultraviolet light and water to develop the plates. The course is suitable for those with limited printmaking experience. It requires the participants to have suitable drawing and photographic imagery prior to the course to develop. Guidance and full preparation notes will be given. The course emphasis is on exploring the possibilities of photopolymer gravure for fine art. Martyn will be assisted by studio printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall. You will receive individual and group tuition.
Day 1
Polymer Gravure: DRAWING and platemaking - Using drawings to make direct positives that can then be used directly onto photopolymer plates. Every nuance and mark in the drawing is captured on the plate and thus in the final print itself.
Day 2
Photopolymer gravure: PHOTOGRAPHY and platemaking - Using digital images from a camera and then transferring these onto positive film using a computer and photoshop, to make stunning, near continuous tone photographic images on polymer plate.
Day 3
Intensive all day PRINTING session - with expert guidance on how to get the best prints from your plates from a master printer. Plates for drawings and plates for photographic images.

Materials - Basic Materials are supplied. Additional specialist materials are available at cost.
Refreshments - tea, coffee and biscuits.

Spacious Studio plus well equipped print room, art library.
About the Artist:
Martyn Grimmer - In addition to making his own prints, Martyn Grimmer is a freelance master printer. He works from his studio at Spike Island in Bristol with major artists to produce limited edition prints including John Wood & Paul Harrison, Mariele Neudecker, Ged Quinn, James Ireland, Andrew Mania, Daphne Wright Richard Forster and Richard Long.
more about this artist...
Course Review
Read our photo etching course review on the Rabley Blog

"Fascinating. Martyn was clearly expert in what he does and quietly passionate about getting the most from our images." RD

“Martyn was so skilled and generous with his expert knowledge and time” KS
Rabley Drawing Centre is located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. The farm is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio. Rabley Drawing Centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.
The centre offers short courses and termly studio and print sessions for developing artists from all creative fields. Exceptional artist - tutors offer professional and encouraging tuition in small groups.
Group Size: 9
Dates: FRI 13 - SUN 15 MARCH 2015
Times: 9.30 - 5pm
Course Duration: 3 days
Course Fee: £350
Please email us if you would like to be on the waiting list or notified by email when we plan to run the course again.
Treat yourself to lunch!

We are now offering participants a pre-prepared light lunch, typically consisting of a delicious filled sandwich or baguette and a cake. If you would like to add lunch to your course booking, click the button below and pay by debit/credit card or Paypal account. Lunches are £7.50 per day. 

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Is this the right course for you? Please contact us if you have any queries. Tel: 01672 511999 or email:
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