Freelance tutoring opportunity 

Call-out for Drypoint & Carborundum Printmakers 

Deadline: 8th November 2021

East London Printmakers (ELP) is a not-for-profit, artist-run printmaking studio, based in Mile End, East London. Our aim is to provide professional and affordable printmaking facilities to a diverse community of artists and designers and to create opportunities for them to discuss and exhibit their work. We run regular courses and open access sessions, and offer bursary and residency programmes. We have 48 keyholders, around 200 associates and, in non-Covid times, we welcome over 1000 visitors to our studio each year.

Our facilities are fully equipped to run courses for all levels in a wide range of printmaking disciplines, currently including: etching, etched lino/linocut, Japanese woodblock, cyanotype, photopolymer, mokulito, monotype, waterless litho, collagraph, drypoint, carborundum and screenprint on paper and textiles. All our courses are for adults (min. age 18) and run on Wednesdays only, daytimes and evenings, generally for 1–3 days or 2–5 evenings, depending on the discipline. 

ELP has been running very successful courses for nearly 20 years. By providing hands-on instruction using high quality materials and professional equipment, we aim to equip our students with the skills and techniques necessary to work safely and independently after completing a course.

Currently we are seeking a freelance tutor specialising in drypoint and carborundum processes to run 2 or 3 evening/daytime courses as part of our 2022 workshops programme.

Key tasks and Requirements

Design and deliver 2 x daytime and 1 x evening beginner drypoint and carborundum courses for up to 8 students. Additional requirements:

  • provide a written course schedule, outlining how you plan to organise the session(s).
  • provide written step-by-step instructions/course notes for students
  • source and prepare materials in advance of the course
  • availability to teach on Wednesdays; both daytimes and evenings
Person Specification
  • Experience, knowledge and qualificationsExcellent level of intaglio printing skills within drypoint and carborundum processes.
  • Excellent knowledge of health and safety measures relevant to drypoint and carborundum processes
  • Experience working with beginners and printmakers of all levels in developing creative and technical skills 
  • Experience teaching and/or co-teaching group classes whose members have very different levels of experience. 
  • Willingness to work within ELP’s studio guidelines.


  • Excellent organisational, project and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written  
  • Ability to adapt to varying needs of students 
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Strong attention to detail.  

We welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in printmaking.

Freelance Contracting Terms 

Our rate of pay for all freelance tutors is £170 per day and £100 per evening for classes of 7 or more students and £155 per day and £90 per evening for classes of 6 or fewer students. You will be reimbursed for any materials that you need to purchase for your course. Before starting any teaching work, you will be required to sign our standard tutor consultancy agreement. Applicants invited for an interview can be sent a copy of this agreement on request. We will also require confirmation of your liability insurance. 

Before you start teaching your own course, you will be expected to shadow an existing tutor at East London Printmakers and have an in-depth induction to our facilities with our studio coordinator.

Place of work

All teaching takes place on-site at East London Printmakers. Currently, due to Covid-19, both teachers and students are expected to wear a face covering whilst in the studio.

How to apply   

Please send an expression of interest (max. 2 sides of A4) responding to the points listed in the job description and person specification, plus a CV. Please also send up to 6 images to illustrate your experience with drypoint and carborundum techniques. 

Your application must be submitted by email to [email protected]