Courses

We offer a range of courses, suitable for beginners through to experienced printmakers. Try our Sunday Taster classes for short intense introductions to techniques, or look at our longer more specialist courses. All of our courses challenge and inspire, we will share with lots of information, enthusiasm and a wealth of specialist knowledge with you.

Multiple dates

Technician: Matt Young

Open Access Print Workshop sessions, technician supported. Must have printmaking experience and be able to work independently.

Buy a block of 4 sessions for £75

 

Tuesday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2020, 6.00-9.00pm. Cost: £75. 4 sessions/ 12 hours.

 


Sunday 5 April 2020, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Ian Rawlinson.

Cost: £80. Materials included.

On this course you will find out how to use simple materials to make great prints from cardboard, working with a laminated card plate, cutting, sticking and drawing into the surface to create textures, lines and effects which can then be printed right away. You will be able to rework the surface of the card plate using tape and other techniques to develop your image and create instant results. You will print your collagraphs using both relief and intaglio techniques, layering colour to develop a series of exciting prints.

 

 


Wednesday 8, 15, 22 & 29 April, 2020, 6.00- 9.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £192. 4 places. All materials included.

Join artist and printmaker SooMin Leong who trained in the world famous Tyler studio in Singapore, for an introduction to stone lithography. 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. In the first two weeks you will draw on half a stone each, working in pairs on the shared stones to help each other to understand this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. You will be able to prepare and print a second stone in the subsequent two weeks and take at least one print of your image. This is the first in a monthly series of Lithography course. Join the next course in May to continue working in lithography and to start to build your experience in this great technique.

 

 

 

Sunday 19 & 26 April 2020, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £220, includes acrylic sheet 30 x 40cm, inks and proofing paper.

 

Using carborundum grit and acrylic mediums, you will make two collagraph plates that can be printed together to create a multi layered and colourful print. Designed to run alongside our studio exhibition of collagraph prints by James Anderson, you will have the opportunity to study the prints in the exhibition as well as looking at examples by artists Gillian Ayres and Howard Hodgkin, Michelle Avison and Rob White. This painterly medium uses easily sourced materials, and is a great introduction to non-toxic printmaking as you will make the plates solely using acrylic painting mediums. There will be lots of discussion about markmaking, with the opportunity to try different ways of applying the materials, and expert help on planning colour and inking combinations.

 

 


Thursday 23 & 30 April 2020

Cost: £96.

Tutor: Rob White

The second of a series of evening classes focussing on etching. 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.

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.


Sunday 3 May, 11- 4pm

Tutor: Sarah Gursoy Heuser

Cost: £80. Includes A5 lino and paper.

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.

 


Saturday 16 May 1.30-4.30pm

Tutor: Chris Christodoulou

Cost: £54. Acrylic printing plates, paper and inks included.

Learn drypoint techniques with artist Chris Christodoulou. Chris will show you how to achieve a range rich black and grey tones using drypoint techniques on easily available acrylic plastic sheet. You will explore how to achieve a wide range of marks by cross hatching an building marks and tone with a range of tools. You will learn how to ink and print the plates to achieve the dark and smudgy lines characteristic of drypoint, and which Chris uses to such good effect in his own work.

 

 

 


Wednesday 6, 13, 20, 27 May, 2020, 6.00- 9.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £192. 4 places. All materials included.

Join artist and printmaker SooMin Leong who trained in the world famous Tyler studio in Singapore, for an introduction to stone lithography. 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. In the first two weeks you will draw on half a stone each, working in pairs on the shared stones to help each other to understand this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. You will be able to prepare and print a second stone in the subsequent two weeks and take at least one print of your image. This is the second in a monthly series of Lithography courses. Join this course to continue learning about lithography, and after this, the next course in June to continue to build your experience in this great technique.

 

Sunday 10 May 2020, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison.

Cost: £70. Materials not included.

This Sunday session is set up to allow participants on our courses to come back into the studio and revisit and practice printmaking techniques learnt in any of our classes. On every second Sunday of the month, you can come and work on your plates and blocks with expert advice and tuition by one of our fantastic tutors in order to build your experience and confidence in making and printing.

 

 

 


Thursday 21 & 28 May 2020

Cost: £96.

Tutor: Michelle Avison

The third of a series of evening classes focussing on specialist etching techniques. Michelle Avison will show some of her own work plus other examples of techniques that can be used to create interesting texture and pattern in etching. Techniques will include coarse aquatint, salt and sugar in hard ground and marbling.


Friday 22, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May 2020, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison, Rob White

Cost: £320. Includes materials, ink and paper.

This three day course will take you on an exploration of prints and printmaking. It is designed to inspire you by looking at and discussing artists' work, to learn about printmaking from looking at prints and to explore printmaking techniques by making your own images using different techniques. Starting on Friday 22 May with a visit to the Prints and Drawings Room at Tate Britain you will see prints by a range of artists- a fantastic opportunity to get a close look at superb prints. Then, back in the studio that afternoon you will start making your own drypoint prints. On day 2 and 3, you will make etching plates that can be printed together or separately. You will add different techniques to rework and add to the images to create your own finished series of prints. With plenty of one-to-one time with Michelle and Rob, you will make fantastic progress over the three days and a body of work to be proud of.

 

Wednesday 3, 10, 17, 24 June 2020, 6.00- 9.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £192. 4 places. All materials included.

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. In the first two weeks you will draw on half a stone each, working in pairs on the shared stones to help each other to understand this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. You will be able to prepare and print a second stone in the subsequent two weeks and take at least one print of your image. Students who have attended previous lithography classes can continue with personal projects, learn more advanced lithography techniques and learn how to print successful editions, building experience and understanding of the technique.

 

 

Saturday 13 and 20 June, 11.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Chris Christodoulou

Cost: £160. Acrylic printing plates, paper and inks included.

Learn drypoint techniques with artist Chris Christodoulou who will show you how to achieve a range rich black and grey tones using drypoint techniques on easily available acrylic plastic sheet. You will take plates out of the studio to draw on, bringing exciting, direct plates back into the studio to print. You will explore how to achieve a wide range of marks on the acrylic sheet You will learn how to ink and print the plates to achieve the dark and smudgy lines characteristic of drypoint. On the second day you will change the plates with the addition of some simple collagraph and chine colle techniques to add to your images.

 


Sunday 14 June 2020, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison.

Cost: £70. Materials not included.

This Sunday session is set up to allow participants on our courses to come back into the studio and revisit and practice printmaking techniques learnt in any of our classes. On every second Sunday of the month, you can come and work on your plates and blocks with expert advice and tuition by one of our fantastic tutors in order to build your experience and confidence in making and printing.

 

 

 


Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 July 2020, 6.00- 9.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £192. 4 places. All materials included.

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. In the first two weeks you will draw on half a stone each, working in pairs on the shared stones to help each other to understand this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. You will be able to prepare and print a second stone in the subsequent two weeks and take at least one print of your image. Students who have attended previous lithography classes can continue with personal projects, learn more advanced lithography techniques and learn how to print successful editions, building experience and understanding of the technique.

 

 

Sunday 12 July 2020, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison.

Cost: £70. Materials not included.

This Sunday session is set up to allow participants on our courses to come back into the studio and revisit and practice printmaking techniques learnt in any of our classes. On every second Sunday of the month, you can come and work on your plates and blocks with expert advice and tuition by one of our fantastic tutors in order to build your experience and confidence in making and printing.

 

 

 


“it was lovely being in a studio environment with like minded people and with some one to guide us, who knew what they were doing but magically didn’t get in the way of us doing it for ourselves”.

"fantastic, approachable and knowledgeable guidance." Karen W, Cyanotype Taster, October 2017

"Hands-on and productive, nice to try something new and experiment." Sara T, Cyanotype Taster, October 2017

“I actually loved all of it. So great to have time to experiment stage by stage.” Stephanie Kennedy, Drypoint Taster.

“I enjoyed being guided through the technique yet with the freedom to be creative and experimental. I loved the excitement during the final printing. Endless varieties of tea, coffee and homemade muffins rounded it off perfectly.” Angela Mugglestone, Lino Taster

"The encouragement of experimentation and the varied techniques learnt in such a short space of time were great. The lovely summary at the end where we discussed each other’s work meant I felt the benefit of what the whole class had learnt and got ideas for what I might do next time." Lottie McCarthy, Collograph Taster.

'A big ‘thank you’ for such an interesting and productive weekend. Learnt such a lot and enjoyed myself at the same time! Really appreciated the group being small as better able to really learn and understand the process.'

'I just wanted to say thank you for a super course.. It was a great experience.'

See images from previous courses on our archive page.