Explore the immediacy of drawing into polycarbonate plates to create small prints for a concertina artist book.

With your drawings you will create 8 small plates and print them on an etching press onto Western paper. These small images will be either folded to create a concertina book or cut to size and glued to a backing sheet which is folded to create a concertina book.  You can also print covers for the book.

The plates can be inked in colour, or hand-tinted with watercolours.

 Agave Print Workshop is located in an amazing 1970s A-frame at Trentham, a small town 97km north-west of Melbourne. Accommodation available. Price includes GST.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 2 Day Workshop (7 Hours per session)

What you will learn
  • Explore the immediacy of drawing into polycarbonate plates to create drypoint prints for a small concertina artist book.
  • Create the 8 small plates and print them onto Western paper, which will be collaged to a folded backing sheet of paper.
  • Add a front and back cover to create a small book.
What you will get
  • You will make a small concertina book with hand-printed images.
  • A materials kit and vegetarian lunch are provided.

What to bring
  • Bring a range of drawings or photographs which can be used as source material for 8 small plates.
What to wear

Please bring an apron, or wear old clothes and closed shoes.

Appropriate for

No previous experience with printmaking necessary.


Dianne Longley

Vendor since 2015

In 2014 Dianne moved from Adelaide to Trentham in the Central Highlands of Victoria. Her art-work includes printmaking; encaustic, oil and pokerwork on wooden panels; artist books; on-glaze porcelain; and small scale bronze casting.

In her current work Dianne combines a cast of characters with cloudscapes and plant forms to create various scenarios. Her characters live in a world where nothing is certain.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Full payment or a 50% deposit is made at the time of registration. Balance of workshop payments can be made during the workshop.

Full refunds will only be made if your selected workshop/s are cancelled. If you give 14 days notice of withdrawal from a workshop you may swap your payment to another workshop within a 12 month period. All workshop fees include GST.

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Terms & Conditions

Workshops usually have a maximum of 6 participants to ensure individual attention. A materials kit is provided as part of the workshop fee for most workshops at AGAVE PRINT STUDIO. Additional materials can be purchased during or after a workshop. At Spring, Autumn and Summer School workshops some materials are charged separately as they can vary between the individual projects of participants.

On full-day workshops morning tea and a vegetarian lunch are provided. During half-day classes morning or afternoon tea is provided.

Many AGAVE PRINT STUDIO workshops and classes are suitable for beginners; if prior experience is necessary it is noted on the workshop description. The workshops introduce participants to exciting new printmaking processes, and suit a range of practioners. The workshops are particularly valuable for teachers and artists wanting to upgrade or extend their range of printmaking skills.

AGAVE PRINT STUDIO promotes a safe working environment.

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