Courses

Looking to join one of our courses? Our OnLine Saturday Print Club is the perfect place to start if you want to learn simple printmaking techniques that you can do at home, with lots of creative ideas and input. Our online classes will be delivered via Zoom. You will need to be able to download the Zoom app and follow a link sent to you by email to join the course.

Join one of our Taster classes for a quick introduction to different techniques or our longer daytime and evening classes allow you more time to develop work in different techniques.

All of our in studio classes are Covid-safe, with distancing and mask wearing where we can't distance. Our classes have small numbers of students and we can guarantee that you will get lots of expert help and advice- the small numbers mean that you will really achieve a lot.

Get creative, boost your mood and find wellbeing through discovering new ways of making. Our Saturday Print Club is a safe, friendly, arty Saturday morning class where you will be encouraged to use printmaking techniques to take you on your own visual journey and explore your creativity.

Each 5 weeks different artists (let's face it, we need the work!) will lead, demonstrating new techniques and ways of generating ideas. There will be plenty of time to practice and develop, and lots of support and encouragement.

The Saturday Print Club is designed to give inspiration and skills to everyone, whether you have never picked up an inky roller, are a printmaker without access to their normal workshop, or an artist who just needs some new exercises to kick start a creative New Year.

Make yourself a cup of tea and get making - what a perfect way to start your weekend!

All classes delivered via Zoom. We will send a materials list as soon as you sign up- you may need to buy some items

Recording of this class is now available for £5. A link and materials list will be sent on receipt of payment.

Tutor: Eleanor Watson

In this session Ellie will describe and show a range of different materials and tools that can be used for making monotypes at home, with an opportunity to ask questions. It is recommended that you book this class before any of our other monotype courses so that you have the tools and materials necessary to get the most out of subsequent courses.

 


Grainy Wood with Sarah Gursoy Heuser

Saturday 15, 22, 29 January, 5 & 12 February 2022, 10am-1pm

Online via zoom

5 weeks (15 hours)

Cost: £160 (includes a curated pack of materials and paper to get you started)

On this 5 week course you will explore ways of making prints from wood without using conventional cutting tools.

Find inspiration in wood-grain. Wood-grain contains evocative organic patterns suggesting the flow of water, clouds or geological landforms. We will make our current confinement a creative opportunity and spend a few hours a week lost in making.

You will explore new ways of creating a composition by letting wood grain speak. We will emphasize the natural grain in the wood by scorching the surface to bring out the grain. Print wood textured backgrounds; overprint; cut into the woodblock; explore suminagashi – floating ink prints to use in collage - or as chine collé paper to incorporate in your prints. We will also test out mokurito, a printmaking technique based on principles of lithography using wood as a printing plate instead of limestone.

Resident artist Sarah Gursoy-Heuser leads Grainy Wood - course. Sarah will bring her enthusiasm and energy for the subject and refer to historical and contemporary art using wood grain textures in their work. Plenty of material to get started with this fun and welcoming printmaking course.

 

 

Monday 24, 31 January, 7 & 14 February 2022, 6.00-9.00pm

Location: In the studio

Cost: £185. Ink and paper included. A5 etching plate available to buy.

Tutor: Rob White

In our series of evening classes focusing on etching, this class explores sugar lift. 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 four evening course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print sugar lift looking at different sugar lift mixtures to get a range of marks. You will apply a traditional box aquatint and a coarse or hand-shaken aquatint to achieve a range of tones and texture. You will have time to add subsequent layers, or to explore colour printing.


Monday 21 & 28 February, 7 & 14 March 2022, 6.00- 9.00pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £185. Ink and paper included, etching plate available to buy.

Location: at SLAUGHTERHAUS

White Ground and Spit Bite are great ways to make fluid and painterly marks on an etching plate. Working with the different techniques, and understanding how to incorporate them together with layers of aquatint, you will be able to achieve a wide range of tonal watercolour like effects on your etching plates.

Over four evenings you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, learn how to prepare the etching plate and how to make and apply White Ground to create washy, painterly marks. In addition, you learn how to use spit bite to paint tonal marks into specific areas of the plate. The last week will be spent perfecting printing the plates. Rob White has a wealth of professional print experience and you will be amazed by how much difference you can make to your image by using a particular ink or wiping in a different ways to gain the most from the delicate tonal marks.


Memory of a Landscape with Sarah Heuser

Saturday 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May 2022, 10am-1pm

Online via Zoom

Cost: £150

You will explore new ways of creating a composition by developing your image through different processes: drawing, monotype printing, and collage. Then you will translate these into a relief reduction print to experiment with colour combinations while printing a variable edition that explores colour as a starting point. Find inspiration in landscapes – remembered and revisited, and spend a few hours a week lost in making.

Led by artist Sarah Gursoy-Heuser, whose work explores fragmented landscape. Sarah will bring her enthusiasm and energy for the subject to this course, referring to both historical and contemporary artistic interpretations of memory and space. Plenty of material to get started with this fun and welcoming printmaking course.