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 etc.

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. All inks and paper are included.

Printing an Etching 1

Cost: £60. Inks and paper included.

Thursday 19 April, 6.30- 9.30pm 2018

Try printing in different blacks and find out which is best for your image. Get better results from line work, aquatint, spit bite. Learn how to observe and feel how different makes and colours of inks wipe, and discuss and find out why.

Printing an Etching 2

Thursday 17 May, 6.30- 9.30pm 2018

Cost: £60. Inks and paper included.

Ever wondered how to get an even plate tone across your plate or how to get that aquatint super rich. Also get a fabulous rich black line with no plate tone at all. Paper and blankets will help with some of these things. However understanding how you can modify inks with extender oils- thin and thick, how and when to use Easywipe, why might you use magnesium and what does it do?

Printing an Etching 3

Thursday 21 June 6.30- 9.30pm 2018

Cost: £60. Inks and paper included.

Printing an Etching 4

Thursday 19 July 6.30- 9.30pm 2018

Cost: £60. Inks and paper included.


Sunday 4 March, 2018, 11-4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £70. Inks included. Paper available to buy or bring your own.

Work with artist Michelle Avison to explore monotype printmaking. Bring a sketchbook, drawings, photographs, found images or prints to work from and explore ways of developing your work using trace monotype, reductive techniques and stencils. Working from your personal resources, find out how to use the monotype process to develop your image making. We will explore the particular possibilities of water washable inks on this course.

A great follow on to Monotype 1

Saturday 24 February, 1-4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £50. Includes materials and paper.

The first class of our new monthly Saturday Art Club for young artists age 13+. Join artist Michelle Avison for proper printmaking and art practice, either for fun, or as a good extension activity for school work, GCSE and A level projects. Enjoy working in a professional printmaking studio and find out about printmaking and how much fun it can be to get your hands dirty!

The first class will explore Monotype techniques including trace monotype and using stencils and reductive techniques. Don't know what that means? Don't worry- just come and find out.

Bring ideas, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs or anything else you can think of to work from. And an apron if you have one.

The Art Club will continue on the following dates:

28 April, 26 May, 23 June 2018.

Saturday 10 & 24 March & 7 April 2018, 10-5pm

Tutor: Soomin Leong

Cost: £240. Includes woodblocks and paper.

This Japanese Woodcut course will take place over 3 alternate Saturdays, allowing time for you to develop your work and cut blocks in between the sessions. You will learn how to transfer your drawings to the blocks, cutting techniques using traditional tools, then how to ink and print the blocks with help to understand how to get the right combination of paste and ink, the right moisture in block and paper, and hand burnishing with the baren. The day will start with a look at some Japanese Woodblock prints and a discussion and a brief overview of the history of the technique, and the names and uses of the tools.

Soomin Leong trained in Singapore with Japanese Woodcut master Kitamura.


“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.