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.

 

Tuesday 3, 10, 17 December, 6.00-9.00pm. Cost: £53. 3 sessions/ 9 hours.

 

Tuesday 4, 11, 18, 25 February 2020, 6.00-9.00pm. Cost: £75. 4 sessions/ 12 hours.

 

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


Saturday 25 January, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £54. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Monotype printmaking is a great introduction to printmaking. You will find out about inking a surface in order to make marks and print from it. It is a simple method to try out ideas, to work through drawings and explore image making, mark making and composition. On this 3 hour taster course you will find out how to make trace monotypes using different drawing tools and then how to print the reverse image from the plate - two prints for the price of one! Bring a sketchbook, images or photographs to work from.

 


Saturday 2 February, 11.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £80. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Monotype printmaking is a great introduction to printmaking. You will find out about inking a surface in order to make marks and print from it. It is a simple method to try out ideas, to work through drawings and explore image making, mark making and composition. On this 3 hour taster course you will find out how to make trace monotypes using different drawing tools and then how to print the reverse image from the plate - two prints for the price of one! Bring a sketchbook, images or photographs to work from.

 


Saturday 15 February 2020, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

£54. Includes lino, paper and ink.

Work with artist Michelle Avison on this three hour printmaking taster course exploring lino printing. A great introduction to the technique, and a fabulous way to explore your creativity, this printmaking class will teach how to cut the lino, stay safe with the tools, and take you through inking and printing. There will be a still life to draw from, but you are of course welcome to bring personal images, photographs, drawings or other ideas to start your print from. You will explore different ways of cutting to describe pattern and tone and print in black ink on white paper, plus there will be an opportunity to try out different background colours.


Thursday 20 & 27 February 2020

Cost: £96.

Tutor: Michelle Avison

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


Saturday 29 February, 11.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Chris Christodoulou

Cost: £75. 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 can take plates out of the studio to draw on or bring material to work from such as photographs, sketchbooks, drawings or other ideas. You will explore how to achieve a range of marks on the acrylic sheet and include some simple collagraph and chine colle to add to your images. .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.

 


Sunday 1 March 2020, 11.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £80. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Explore monotype printmaking to create prints that look like paintings. You will roll up plates with colour, then find out how to both take marks away and draw back into the ink to create fabulous rich monotypes or one-off prints. Bring your sketchbook, drawings or photographs to work from and explore ways of developing your work in this fabulously simple medium.

 


Thursday 5, 12, 19, 26 March, 6.00-9.00pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison, Rob White

Cost: £230, includes lino, inks and paper.

Inspired by Picasso's linocuts you will learn how to make your own multi colour linocut. You will look at examples of work by Picasso and use some of the same techniques to develop your prints. This will include drawing your image to the right size and planning the image over multiple blocks, or as a reduction print- or a combination of both. You will be shown how to use cutting tools safely, and different ways of achieving tone and different mark making techniques. You will then learn how to register the different colours on the same print, about mixing ink, inking your blocks and how to print by hand and on our Albion Press.

 

Saturday 14 March 2020, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

£54. Includes materials

Work with artist Michelle Avison on this three hour taster course exploring Woodcut. A great introduction to the technique, and a fabulous way to explore your creativity, the taster will cover ways of cutting the wood, staying safe with the tools, and take you through inking and printing. You will use plywood and work with the grain and knots in the wood to make expressive, immediate images. Bring personal images, photographs, drawings or other material to start your print from, and explore your personal stories, memories or ideas through the medium of printmaking. You will print in black ink on white paper, and explore both hand printing and use our wonderful Albion relief press.


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.

 

 

 


“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.

See images from previous courses on our archive page.