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.

Saturday 30 June, 2018, 2-4.30pm

Tutors: Natalia Gonzales Martin & Michelle Avison

Cost: £24. Acrylic plate to use as the monoprint surface, inks and paper are all included.

Work with artist Natalia Gonzales Martin to explore Monoprinting. Natalia will talk about her work currently on show in the studio exhibition Rock, Paper, Scissors . After that she will demonstrate some of the methods she uses in her work including painting, wiping and reductive techniques. These methods of working are painterly and very immediate, and you will be able to make a number of prints that explore your ideas and develop images during this workshop.

Please bring a small object that you would like to use to draw. SLAUGHTERHAUS director and artist Michelle Avison will also help out on the day. The course is an excellent introduction to the studio and to the Monoprint/ Monotype process.

10% Earlybird Discount - valid until 22 June 2018

Saturday 7 July, 2018, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutors: Laura Bianchi and Matt Young

Cost: £60. All materials included.

Join artists Laura Bianchi and Matt Young currently exhibiting in the studio exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors for a very fast one day introduction to stone lithography. Learn about how to grain a stone, how to make a drawing using greasy drawing materials and how to process the stone ready for printing. Participants will draw on half a stone each, working in pairs on the shared stones so that you can support each other and work together on this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. 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.

Laura Bianchi is a visual artist and freelance illustrator. b. February 1982, Italy, she lives and works in London, UK.

Education

2017 MA Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London 2015 Foundation in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University, London 2006 BA Fine Arts Sculpture from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy

10% Earlybird Discount - valid until 22 June 2018

Road-pool I, Collagraph, Carborundum & Chine Collee, Michelle Avison

Sunday 14 & 15 July 2018, 11.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £145. Materials included.

Explore different methods of making Collagraph plates using acrylic sheets as the base. On day one you will make and print from plastic tape and other simple materials, and also prepare plates to print on day 2 using paint, glue and carborundum grit to make more permanent plates which you can print on the second day. Carborundum has been used by artists such as Howard Hodgkin, Gillian Ayres and Hughie O'Donaghue. It allows you to build up brushstrokes in a very painterly way and to print in clean colour and in more than one colour. Come and join us for an exciting exploration of the possibilities of the acrylic plates, and a new repertoire of printmaking techniques that can add an extra dimension to your work and can be used with existing plates as well.

 

 

 


Next class Thursday 5 July, 6.30pm- 9.30pm

All classes taught by Rob White, who works as master printer for major London print studio Paupers Press, where he has printed editions for Grayson Perry, Tom Hammick and Damien Hirst.

Not happy with your prints? Think there may be more on the plate than is printing?

Working with experienced printer Rob White, you will find out how to make more of your etchings, and how to make professional decisions about wiping and adjusting your printing inks to achieve the best results from your plates. Each of the four classes is designed to help you with one aspect of inking and printing etching plates, from choosing inks, modifying ink, to changing the effect of your prints through the use of colour and chine collee.

Because different plates require different techniques to get the best results, the first four classes in the Secrets of the Print Studio series concentrate on etching, and you are invited to bring a range of etching plates to re-print and try out.

Advice will be given an paper preparation, on the best way to dampen paper, and on editioning and drying your prints. A wide range of inks and paper are included.

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Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 July 2018, 10.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £140. Materials extra.

Explore a range of etching techniques on this 2 day course. Over the two days you will learn about hard and soft ground etching, plus find out about different techniques for including tone in your print, including less traditional methods using sandpaper, and aquatint and sugar lift.

We will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print an etching plate with both hard and soft ground resists. After that you can experiment with ways of introducing texture and tone into the plate.

 

 

 

“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.

  • 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.