Summer 2017

We are pleased to be offering new specialist courses this summer with Master Printer Rob White, who has over 15 years experience as an editioning printer, and has worked with artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Tom Hammick, Stephen Chambers. Rob brings his fantastic technical expertise and problem solving skills to three courses in July and August, which will stretch and challenge your printmaking in new ways.

Michelle Avison will teach two courses exploring linocut, both black and white and two colour, including etched lino. These classes run during our next exhibition, London: Places & Spaces featuring relief linocuts by Liz Bennett- giving the perfect opportunity to study the prints at the same time.

At the beginning of September, Soomin Leong, who trained in Singapore will bring her knowledge and experience to explore western and far eastern inking techniques in woodcut printing. If you have ever thought about finding out how to print by hand, or would like to explore the differences between the Japanese water based and western oil based inks, this course will be a fantastic opportunity to find out about how to use and combine both.

Then, from September onwards, we plan to start a regular printmaking class with tutor Rob White on Wednesdays. And, during the month of October at the same time as our annual Studio Exhibition, there will be a series of classes, taster sessions and events. Please see below for more details.

Small class sizes ensure that you will get lots of tutor time and support. Our courses are fast paced, but professional, so that you will find out a lot about the subject, and lots of ideas to take further in your work. Tutors are inventive problem solvers who will ensure you get the most out of your course.

DATE CHANGE: This course will now take place on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 September, 10-4pm

Tutor: Soomin Leong

Cost: £140. Includes woodblock and paper.

Soomin Leong will present a short talk about Japanese and western woodcut printing and how they can be used together. If you have ever thought about finding out how to print Japanese Woodcut by hand, or would like to explore the differences between water based and oil based inks more commonly used in the west, and the exciting possibilities in using the two together, this course will be a fantastic opportunity to use both. You will be shown how to do multi block multi colour Japanese woodcut printing. The image you produce will be at least two water based ink colours plus one oil based ink layer.


Monday 7 - Thursday 10 August, 10-4pm (4 days)

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £280. Materials extra.

A workshop class for practising printmakers and for artists new to printmaking who want to see how to develop their work through print. Work with Rob White, who will help you think of new ways of working in relief and intaglio. 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 also 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.

“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”.

“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.

  • Book two courses at the same time to qualify for a 10% discount

  • Bring a friend and each person qualifies for a 10% discount

  • Members qualify for a 10% discount on all courses

    * only one discount type per booking

  • Held every first Sunday of the month, this Printing Workshop day provides an opportunity to catch up on your printing, or to make new plates. Open to all Taster Course participants, members and any visiting printmakers with some experience. Technical advice and help on hand.

    The Young Printmakers Class provides a creative printmaking workshop for teenagers. Programmed to run prior to GCSE and A levels, the class offers a great opportunity to support school work or develop a portfolio for college applications. Come alone, or with an adult for fun quality time together!

    See images from previous courses on our archive page.