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

Cost: £70. 4 sessions/ 12 hours.

Open Access Print Workshop sessions, technician supported. Must have printmaking experience and be able to work independently.

 

 

Tuesday 3,10,17, 24 September, 6.00-9.00pm

 

Tuesday 1, 8, 15, 22 October, 6.00-9.00pm

 

Tuesday 5, 12, 19, 26 November, 6.00-9.00pm


2, 9,16 & 23 September, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £360. Includes all materials.

On this four day course you will make a very large Woodcut and learn how to print it by hand. This will involve cutting and printing in more than one colour, using reduction methods and using the jigsaw technique- cutting the block into different pieces to print in different colours. You will learn how to ink large areas successfully and how to handle the paper to achieve excellent registration. You will look at work by Edvard Munch, Christine Baumgarten, Andrea Buttner, Christopher Le Brun and Tom Hammick. Rob has worked extensively with Tom Hammick and is an experienced printer of large and complex woodcuts. You will find this course to be packed full of info and trade secrets for achieving fantastic images.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8 & 15 September 2019, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Ian Rawlinson

Cost: £150. All materials included.

On this course you will explore collagraph and drypoint techniques, using cardboard surfaces. Collagraph is a collaged printing plate with huge possibilities of mark making- it is an inexpensive technique that allows you to recycle and re-use materials and create a really wide range of different effects. You will work on a traditional varnished collagraph block, cutting, sticking and adding textured materials to the surface, and a more experimental unvarnished version. You will explore surface, texture and imprinting using found materials such as fabrics, textured papers, tape & moulding paste. You will indent and scratch into the surfaces to make drypoint marks. You will then be able to print your collagraphs using both relief and intaglio techniques, reworking the blocks and layering colour to develop a series of exciting prints.


Day One

On the first day you will make a collagraph using textured materials that you will then varnish to be printed on the 2nd day. You will also make experimental cardboard collagraphs which you can print straight away.

Day Two

You will be print your varnished block using both intaglio and relief methods, be able to add to your plates and get a range of different prints over the course of the day. You will be able to print in different colours and will have a number of different proofs and different prints to take home by the end of the second day.

Basic materials, card, and a selection of textured materials are included, but you should collect and bring with you any materials that you would particularly like to use. It is important to try and keep the surface of the collagraph plate fairly flat, so these materials might include textured papers, lace, fabric, papers, cardboard, packaging materials, small flat items, tapes, fabric tapes, ribbon. If you are not sure- bring it anyway, and find out if it can be used!

Ian Rawlinson is an artist and printmaker who lives and works in London. He is a graduate of Winchester School of Art and the Royal Collage of Art and has taught at art colleges and workshops throughout the UK. He is currently a tutor in printmaking at Morley College in London. Rawlinson's work explores places of transition and aspects of internal and external change. His most recent projects draw upon ideas of place and memory and he is currently producing a series of exhibitions and short films inspired by places connected to his past. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

www.ianrawlinson.com

Saturday 14 September, 2019, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £45. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Learn about monotype printmaking. Using water washable Caligo inks you will find out how to make trace monotypes, how to print the reverse image from the plate and how to make drawn and painterly marks into the ink. Working with water and oil, you will be able to experiment with the particular qualities of the inks and learn techniques you can continue to use at home and in the studio to develop your work further. Bring a sketchbook, images or photographs to work from.

 


Saturday & Sunday, 19 & 20 November 2019, 10.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £220. Includes all materials.

Van Gogh was inspired by looking at Japanese Woodcuts. On this course you will learn how to make a colour woodcut from multiple blocks using Van Gogh's work and Japanese Woodcuts as a starting point.

 


 


Saturday 9 November, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

£40. 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 10 & 17 November 2019, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Ian Rawlinson

Cost: £150. All materials included.

On this course you will explore collagraph and drypoint techniques, using cardboard surfaces. Collagraph is a collaged printing plate with huge possibilities of mark making- it is an inexpensive technique that allows you to recycle and re-use materials and create a really wide range of different effects. You will work on a traditional varnished collagraph block, cutting, sticking and adding textured materials to the surface, and a more experimental unvarnished version. You will explore surface, texture and imprinting using found materials such as fabrics, textured papers, tape & moulding paste. You will indent and scratch into the surfaces to make drypoint marks. You will then be able to print your collagraphs using both relief and intaglio techniques, reworking the blocks and layering colour to develop a series of exciting prints.


Day One

On the first day you will make a collagraph using textured materials that you will then varnish to be printed on the 2nd day. You will also make experimental cardboard collagraphs which you can print straight away.

Day Two

You will be print your varnished block using both intaglio and relief methods, be able to add to your plates and get a range of different prints over the course of the day. You will be able to print in different colours and will have a number of different proofs and different prints to take home by the end of the second day.

Basic materials, card, and a selection of textured materials are included, but you should collect and bring with you any materials that you would particularly like to use. It is important to try and keep the surface of the collagraph plate fairly flat, so these materials might include textured papers, lace, fabric, papers, cardboard, packaging materials, small flat items, tapes, fabric tapes, ribbon. If you are not sure- bring it anyway, and find out if it can be used!

Ian Rawlinson is an artist and printmaker who lives and works in London. He is a graduate of Winchester School of Art and the Royal Collage of Art and has taught at art colleges and workshops throughout the UK. He is currently a tutor in printmaking at Morley College in London. Rawlinson's work explores places of transition and aspects of internal and external change. His most recent projects draw upon ideas of place and memory and he is currently producing a series of exhibitions and short films inspired by places connected to his past. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

www.ianrawlinson.com

“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.