Courses

Looking to join one of our courses? Our OnLine Saturday Print Club is the perfect place to start if you want to learn simple printmaking techniques that you can do at home, with lots of creative ideas and input. Our online classes will be delivered via Zoom. You will need to be able to download the Zoom app and follow a link sent to you by email to join the course.

We are constantly reviewing government guidelines, and are hoping to start in studio classes again after Easter. Please keep an eye on the website to keep up to date on dates for our classes as we are postponing more often than not! When they do run, all of our classes are Covid-safe, the classes will have very small numbers of students, with distancing measures in place. We can guarantee that you will get lots of expert help and advice- the small numbers in the class mean that you will really achieve a lot.

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Get creative, boost your mood and find wellbeing through discovering new ways of making. Our Saturday Print Club is a safe, friendly, arty Saturday morning class where you will be encouraged to use printmaking techniques to take you on your own visual journey and explore your creativity.

Each 5 weeks different artists (let's face it, we need the work!) will lead, demonstrating new techniques and ways of generating ideas. There will be plenty of time to practice and develop, and lots of support and encouragement.

The Saturday Print Club is designed to give inspiration and skills to everyone, whether you have never picked up an inky roller, are a printmaker without access to their normal workshop, or an artist who just needs some new exercises to kick start a creative New Year.

Make yourself a cup of tea and get making - what a perfect way to start your weekend!

All classes delivered via Zoom. We will send a materials list as soon as you sign up- you may need to buy some items

Recording of this class is now available for £5. A link and materials list will be sent on receipt of payment.

Tutor: Eleanor Watson

In this session Ellie will describe and show a range of different materials and tools that can be used for making monotypes at home, with an opportunity to ask questions. It is recommended that you book this class before any of our other monotype courses so that you have the tools and materials necessary to get the most out of subsequent courses.

 


Summer Weekends: Finding Creative Inspiration at Home with Eleanor Watson

Saturday 31 July- 21 August 2021, 10am-1pm

Online via zoom

4 weeks (12 hours)

Cost: £120

On this 4 week course you will explore ways of making art from your home and the things in it. Drawing excersises will encourage you to find different ways of drawing and materials to explore. You will use these drawings to develop into prints using different monoprinting techniques. Each week you will be introduced to a different way of working with new artistic references, so that over the 5 weeks you will build a personal vocabulary of markmaking and ideas to practice and use again.

Led by resident artist Eleanor Watson whose work explores interiors in various mediums. She will be bringing her enthusiasm and energy for the subject as well as referring to both historical and contemporary artistic interpretations of home. Plenty of material to get started with this fun and welcoming printmaking course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8, 15, 22 & 29 August 2021, 10.00- 4.00pm.

Cost: £300. Materials extra

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

Want some help to develop your printmaking ideas or just want some concentrated time in the studio? This is the class for you. Working with professional printmaker and teacher Rob White, this course will allow you to explore techniques for getting the most out of your plates and blocks and improve the production of your prints to a more consistent, professional standard. Explore how to develop your work through printing techniques in both intaglio and relief processes, for example chine collee or a la poupee multiple colour inking, or adding extra plates in monotype or collagraph plates to achieve more complex prints. Spend time with master printer Rob to explore the different properties of inks and find the ones to achieve the results you want, and to improve the quality and presentation of your work.

Bring ideas, drawings and/ or existing plates or blocks to this class to be guided through techniques and methods that will expand the boundaries of your work. You will look at prints by artists who are using printmaking techniques in interesting ways to inform and inspire your work. Suitable for printmakers and artists who want to see how print can be used to develop images and ideas.

Monday 16 - Friday 20 August 2021 10.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £400. 4 places. All materials included.

Location: In the studio

Join artist and printmaker SooMin Leong who trained in the world famous Tyler studio in Singapore, for an introduction to stone lithography. New students will learn how to grain a litho stone, how to make a drawing using greasy drawing materials such as crayons and litho tusche and how to process the stone ready for printing. Over the course of the week you will firstly work on shared stones, and then have the opportunity to work on your own stone which you will be able to prepare, and print a small edition. The week is designed to equip you with the confidence to continue stone lithography. All participants can join the studio as a member after the class to practice Stone Lithography with a discount on the first 10 studio sessions.

 

 

Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 August 2021,10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £380. Includes all materials.

Location: In the studio

On this four day course you will make a large Woodcut and learn how to print it by hand. This will involve cutting and printing in more than one colour, using reduction methods and using the jigsaw technique- cutting the block into different pieces to print in different colours. You will learn how to ink large areas successfully and how to handle the paper to achieve excellent registration. You will look at work by Edvard Munch, Christine Baumgarten, Andrea Buttner, Christopher Le Brun and Tom Hammick. Rob has worked extensively with Tom Hammick and is an experienced printer of large and complex woodcuts. You will find this course to be packed full of info and trade secrets for achieving ambitious and exciting images.

 

 

7, 14, 21 & 28 September 2021, 6.00- 9.00pm

Cost: £185. Plate extra, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

To accompany James Anderson's exhibition in the studio in September, this course explores Carborundum and Sugar Lift techniques, and how to combine them to achieve rich painterly marks. These techniques are great for exploring colour printing and overlaying different colours to achieve diverse marks and creative textural and colour combinations.

Over the four evenings you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, including the work in the exhibition in the studio. You will learn how to prepare an etching plate and use Sugar Lift to create painterly marks, how to build up texture with carborundum, and how to ink and print the plates for maximum effect. You will use a la poupée methods to ink each plate in more than one colour.

This course is ideal for printmakers looking to expand their repertoire and wanting to learn more about colour mixing and inking, but it can equally be a fun starting point to learn two different printmaking techniques, and to learn about the differences between them. Carborundum plates can be made at home- plates are made with acrylic mediums and grit, so are a great technique to know about.

Grainy Wood with Sarah Gursoy Heuser

Saturday 11 September- 9 October 2021, 10am-1pm

Online via zoom

5 weeks (15 hours)

Cost: £160 (includes a curated pack of materials and paper to get you started)

On this 5 week course you will explore ways of making prints from wood without using conventional cutting tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4, 11, 18 & 25 October 2021, 6.00- 9.00pm

Cost: £185. Plate extra, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

New 4 weekly printmaking class on Monday evenings focussing on etching techniques. In this first class, learn how to work with hard ground on an etching plate, including how to build tone and pattern through markmaking, make corrections, additions and re-etch the plate. Also explore different inks and learn how wiping the plate correctly can improve the resulting image.

This course is ideal for printmakers looking to expand their repertoire and wanting to learn more about how hard hard ground can be used in different ways, but it can equally be a fun starting point to learn a new printmaking technique. Students who have attended this course can become members and join in with our studio workshop sessions to carry on their work in hard ground at a 10% discount for the first 5 sessions booked.

Look out for the next course in the series, Soft Ground, starting on 1 November.

Sunday 19 & 26 September 2021, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Sarah Gursoy-Heuser

Cost: £180. Includes A5 lino and paper.

Location: In the studio

Etched lino is a great way to introduce texture to your lino prints. It can look painterly and gestural. Join this one day course to learn how to use different resists to create excitingly varied lino surfaces, experiment and try out various ideas. On this one course you will work on one piece of etched lino and one cut lino which will be printed together to make a two colour lino print.

Bring a drawing, photograph or painting to work from. Learn how to use tools and understand how to etch the lino safely. You will have time to print the two blocks individually and combined in one colour each. Come back to one of our workshop classes to make more prints

Tools available to borrow, but please bring your own if you have them.

 


2, 9, 16 & 23 November 2021, 6.00- 9.00pm

Cost: £185. Plate extra, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

New 4 weekly printmaking class on Monday evenings focussing on etching techniques. On this second course, learn how to work with soft ground on an etching plate, including how to build tone and pattern through drawing and using textured materials. Learn how to alter, add to and re-etch the plate. Also explore different inks and learn how wiping the plate correctly can improve the resulting image.

This course is ideal for printmakers looking to expand their repertoire and wanting to learn more about how soft ground can be used in different ways, but it can equally be a fun starting point to learn a new printmaking technique. Students who have attended this course can become members and join in with our studio workshop sessions to carry on their work in soft ground at a 10% discount for the first 5 sessions booked.

Tuesday 1 & 8 February 2022, 6.00-9.00pm

Location: In the studio

Cost: £96.

Tutor: Rob White

In our series of evening classes focusing on etching, this class explores sugar lift. Sugar lift is a painterly way of making marks on an etching plate, which can then be etched deeply to create emboss effects and/ or made darker through the use of aquatint.

On this two evening course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print the sugar lift looking at different sugar lift mixtures to get a range of marks. You will apply an aquatint to achieve a range of tones. You will have time to add subsequent layers, or to explore colour printing. 1 x A5 etching plate, ink and paper included.


15 & 22 February 2022, 6.00- 9.00pm.

Cost: £96. 1 x A5 etching plate, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

Join our White Ground is great way to make painterly marks on an etching plate- working with layers of aquatint and white ground you will learn how to achieve interesting tonal watercolour like effects which can be used on their own or with other etching techniques.

Over two evenings you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, learn how to prepare the etching plate and use White Ground to create washy, painterly marks, then how to print in different ways to gain the most from the delicate tonal marks.