Course Archive

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Sunday 10 January, 11- 4pm

Cost: £40

Catch up printing session, with support and technician help.

Sunday 7 February, 11- 4pm (date has changed)

Cost: £45. Materials extra.

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a print! Use discarded packaging materials and card to make and print drypoints. Bring some “old skool” photographs (not digital- good old fashioned photos on photographic paper) or postcards that you are happy
to destroy- you will be using them to make prints from.

Sunday 8 November

Cost: £45

Use simple collage, painting and drypoint techniques on acrylic sheets to create prints in this one day workshop.

Stone Lithography: A One Day Introduction

Saturday 23 April 2016

10.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £65. Includes all materials.

Wood Engraving
Litho stone ready for drawing

Join Michelle Avison and Virginia Powell for a very fast one day introduction to stone lithography. This one day course complements the exhibition Important Places, of work by Virginia Powell, which will include many lithographs made by Virginia over the last five years at the studio. So, if you have ever wondered how a lithograph is made, and want an insight into this fantastic process, possibly with a view to continuing to make lithographs, why not join us for this whistle stop tour.

Course Content

  • Grinding a litho stone
  • Drawing techniques
  • Work on a shared stone- with one other participant
  • Processing the stone
  • Inking and printing (working in pairs)
  • Max 4 students.

    Cost: £65

    Time: 10.00- 4.00pm

    To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    See images below of our 1st course in April

    Grinding litho stone
    Grinding litho stone in the rain!
    First roll up
    Litho stone grinding
    Jane & Lee grinding their stone

    Stone Lithography: A One Day Introduction

    Saturday 21 May 2016

    10.00- 4.00pm

    Wood Engraving
    Litho stone ready for drawing

    Join artist printmaker Michelle Avison for a very fast one day introduction to stone lithography. We are repeating this one day course as so many people were interested in lithography after seeing our recent show of prints by Virginia Powell. So, if you have ever wondered how a lithograph is made, and want an insight into this fantastic process, possibly with a view to continuing to make lithographs, why not join us for this whistle stop tour.

    Feedback from the first Stone Litho: One Day Introduction

    "Fab!! Learnt loads. Thank you." "A fantastic introduction to stone lithography- great fun and realy informative. I will definitely be back for a follow up course!" "Perfect balance of no pressure introduction to the litho technique and something to take home with me! Thank you Michelle. Also, lots of transferable information to think differently about other printmaking techniques."

    Course Content

  • Grinding a litho stone
  • Drawing techniques
  • Work on a shared stone- with one other participant
  • Processing the stone
  • Inking and printing (working in pairs)
  • Max 4 students

    Cost: £70. Includes all materials.

    Time: 10.00- 4.00pm

    To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Pop Ups with Dana Kubick

     

    Etching: Hard Ground Drawing with Sarah Gillett

     

    Print: Haute Couture Style with David Holah

    Sunday 8 May 2016, 11- 4pm

    Cost: £48. Materials extra.

    Small Rockpool I, Sugarlift & Aquatint, Michelle Avison

     

     

    The third in our series of Taster Sundays exploring etching. Sugarlift, as used by Picasso, is a painterly way of making marks on an etching plate, which can be etched deeply and/ or made darker through the use of aquatint.

    On this one day course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print the sugar lift and aquatint. You will have time to add subsequent layers, or to explore colour printing and .

    This day course can be taken on it's own, but if you have done either or both of the previous Taster Classes, you can continue to develop your work in etching to achieve a more complex image.

    Stone Lithography: A One Day Introduction

    Saturday 23 April 2016

    10.00- 4.00pm

    Cost: £65. Includes all materials.

    Wood Engraving
    Litho stone ready for drawing

    Join Michelle Avison and Virginia Powell for a very fast one day introduction to stone lithography. This one day course complements the exhibition Important Places, of work by Virginia Powell, which will include many lithographs made by Virginia over the last five years at the studio. So, if you have ever wondered how a lithograph is made, and want an insight into this fantastic process, possibly with a view to continuing to make lithographs, why not join us for this whistle stop tour.

    Course Content

  • Grinding a litho stone
  • Drawing techniques
  • Work on a shared stone- with one other participant
  • Processing the stone
  • Inking and printing (working in pairs)
  • Max 4 students.

    Cost: £65

    Time: 10.00- 4.00pm

    To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    With Peter Smith RE

    Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 February

    10- 4pm

    Cost: £165. Cost includes one practice wood block, one boxwood block 5 x 5cm square and all paper and inks.

    Wood Engraving
    Wood engraving, Peter Smith RE

    You will be introduced to the process of black and white Wood Engraving from preliminary drawings and design on the block, different ways of cutting, choosing papers and printing a small limited edition of prints. On the first day you will practice on the first block in preparation for designing, cutting and printing the boxwood block on the second day.

    The course will cover health and safety in the workshop, the care and use of wood engraving tools and the use of the Albion printing press.

    Tools, blocks, paper and inks will be provided, and Peter will give with advice on the purchase of tools, and how you can continue your wood engraving after the course.

    This course provides an excellent introduction to Wood Engraving.

    Maximum class size 6

    Facilitator: Peter S Smith RE

    Peter S Smith is a painter and printmaker with a studio at the St Bride Foundation. He studied Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art and Design, Art Education at Manchester and MA (Printmaking) at Wimbledon School of Art. He is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Examples of his work are held in private and public collections including Tate Britain and the Ashmolean Museum Oxford.

    "The way I see it", a book about his printmaking, was published in 2006.

    Sunday Printing Workshop
    Sunday Printing Workshop

     

    Sunday 6 March

    Sunday 3 April

    Sunday 1 May

    Sunday 5 June

    Sunday 3 July

    Time: 11.00- 4.00pm

    Cost: £42 per session

    To book, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

    Linocut Workshop, 2016

    Sunday 4 June, 11- 4pm

    Tutor: Michelle Avison

    Cost: £70. Includes lino and paper.

    Join this one day course to learn how to make a linocut print. Bring a drawing to work from and find out how to transfer your design to the lino block, and ways of cutting marks into the lino to describe different tones and pattern in black and white. Learn how to use tools safely. You will have time to print a small edition of prints on our 1833 Albion press, and also find out how you can hand print on thin Japanese papers.

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

    Michelle Avison, BA Fine Art (Hons) Slade School of Art, MA Printmaking Wimbledon School of Art.


    Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

    Sunday 13 March, 11- 4pm

    Cost: £48. Materials extra.

    The first of a series of Taster Sundays exploring etching. Hard ground is a traditional etching technique in which a hard wax coating is applied to the metal etching plate, which you then draw into, revealing the metal beneath. This is then etched in an acid mixture, which bites lines into the plate. These lines hold the ink which then print onto the paper.

    On this one day course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print an etching plate. You will then experiment with ways of introducing texture and tone into the plate.

    This day course can be taken on it's own, but if followed up with subsequent etching Taster Classes, will give you a good grounding in a range of etching techniques, and the opportunity to develop an image by adding layers and altering the plate.

    See images of our previous Hard Ground Etching course here

    Mrs Grimbledeston Indoors, Etching with Hard & Soft Ground, Sarah Gillett

    Sunday 10 April 2016, 11- 4pm

    Cost: £48. Materials extra.

    The second of a series of Taster Sundays exploring etching. Soft ground is a traditional etching technique in which a softer wax coating is applied to the metal etching plate, which you then draw into, revealing the metal beneath. This is then etched in an acid mixture, which bites lines and marks into the plate. Soft ground is traditionally used to achieve a soft, pencil-like line, or to add textures to the image.

    On this one day course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print the soft ground. You will then have time to add subsequent layers, to experiment with ways of introducing texture and tone into the plate and image.

    This day course can be taken on it's own, but if you have done the first Hard Ground Taster, you can continue to develop your work in etching to achieve a more complex image. If you go on to do subsequent etching Taster Classes, will give you a good grounding in a range of etching techniques, and the opportunity to really develop your work.