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iPad drawing for multi-plate intaglio printmaking
with Meryl Ainslie
Studio Print Support: Amy-Jane Blackhall
  iPad Intaglio print - Bird House by Meryl Ainslie
Course Outline:
iPad to Intaglio combines the best of both worlds: The amazing creative power of modern technology and the qualities and ink and surface realized by intaglio printmaking. Millions of us have iPads, but few have successfully harnessed their capacity as a drawing tool or found a way to use this little tablet of wonder as an integral part of their creative practice!
iPad to Intaglio - Stage 1  (2 day Course)
‘Getting started'
iPad to Intaglio Stage 1 is an Introduction to iPad drawing and intaglio print methods.  Take control of your iPad pencil case, draw in layers and export your drawings to make intaglio plates.

Day One guides you through step-by-step tutorials to help you select and install a few helpful App’s onto your iPad and create a simple pencil case of drawing tools. You will then be able to make images in layers combining drawing, photography and the resources of your conventional sketchbook and get them out of your iPad and back into the real world!

Day Two takes your drawing into the print-room to make intaglio plates and tactile three plate prints using our etching press and your inky fingers!

iPad to Intaglio Stage 1 is a useful course that will give you the basics to carry on alone. Stage 2 will take you to another level!

iPad to Intaglio - Stage 2  (2 day Course)
‘Developing your ideas’
Taking your ideas and iPad drawings into multiple plate intaglio prints with lively surfaces and colour. (Stage one must be completed before moving onto stage 2, book both together for a discounted price of £450) Using the basic skills acquired during iPad to Intaglio, Stage 1 you will be encouraged to further develop your own ideas from the iPad through to colour printing and embossing. An individual tutorial approach will take these methods forward and into your own creative practice.
Intaglio Printmaking
The intaglio printmaking method we use is photopolymer gravure. Plates: Steel plates are pre-coated with a light sensitive polymer (Toyoba or solar plates). This is an acid free process  - the plates are developed using UV light and water. The finished plate is inked in a similar way to a traditional etching and printed onto fine art printmaking papers.
If you are interested in the Photopolymer Gravure Intaglio method of printmaking for conventional drawing or photography, Master Printer Martyn Grimmer will be running a course at Rabley from 21 – 23 March 2014.
About the Artist:
Meryl Ainslie is director and founder of Rabley Drawing Centre. She has a practice based research interest in contemporary drawing, this year focusing on iPad drawing and printmaking. Drawing, printmaking and 3D sketchbooks cast in silver form the basis of her studio practice and exhibitions. Meryl is also the curator and a selector for the SKETCH National Open Drawing Prize.
Meryl will be assisted by Rabley’s Studio Artist-Printmaker, Amy-Jane Blackhall to ensure you have lots of individual attention and the best technical support to make the most creative use of your time with us.
More about the artist...
Course includes:
Pre-course information is provided, including App installation instructions
Group and individual tuition with Meryl Ainslie
A well equipped drawing studio and print-room.
Step-by-step notes
Materials - basic set of polymer plates, inks,
paper and sundries to complete the course.
Artist/technical demonstrations
Access to Gallery and archive of original works
Research Art Library
Access to the countryside
Farmhouse lunch, tea, coffee & refreshments
*Bring your own iPad.
Course Review
Read our course review on the Rabley blog
Rabley Drawing Centre located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. ‘Home 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.

The centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.

On site is the celebrated 21st Century farmhouse built by the Ainslie family, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

This unique creative hub is in the middle of nowhere but the centre of everything! Only 1 hour from Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Winchester and Reading, and 1 hour 15mins on the train from London.


image above: Meryl Setchell Ainslie, ‘Bird House’, ipad drawing - intaglio print, 10.5 x 15cm
Group Size: 6
Course duration:
2 days (9.30 - 5pm)
Stage 1
Stage 2
Course Fee:
Stage 1 - £TBC
Stage 2 - £TBC
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