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.

Sunday 3 February, 2019, 11-4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £65. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Please bring thin chine collee papers (coloured Japanese/ handmade/ decorative papers/ previously drawn or printed papers).

Work with artist Michelle Avison to explore trace monotype, then print from the drawing that remains on the plate, and introduce stencils and chine collee elements to build up exciting layered one-off prints. Monotype is a great way to develop ideas and move your work on- it is a quick and immediate way of exploring colour, composition, line and mark making. Bring a sketchbook, drawings, photographs or a found image to work from and find out how to use the monotype process to develop your image making. We will use oil based inks on this course- please see our next course, Monotype 2 in March, when we will work specifically with water washable inks and drawing materials, to explore the particular possibilities of those.


Saturday 19 January, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

£35. Includes lino, paper and ink.

Work with artist Michelle Avison on this three hour taster course exploring Linocut. A great introduction to the technique, and a fabulous way to explore your creativity, the taster will cover ways of cutting the lino, staying safe with the tools, and take you through inking and printing. 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, plus there will be an opportunity to try out different colours by using chine collee.


Sunday 3 March, 2019, 11-4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £65. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

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 and drawing materials on this course.

 


Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February 2019, 10.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £150. Materials extra.

Tutor: Michelle Avison

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 spray paint 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.

You will work at A5 size. Materials extra.

 

Saturday 27 April, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

£35. 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 12 & 19 May 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

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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

Saturday 13 & 14 April, 2019, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Matt Young

Cost: £170. 4 places. All materials included.

Join studio artist Matt Young for a two 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 to help each other to understand this complex but very rewarding printmaking process. You will take at least one print of your image and it will be possible arrange to come back to the studio afterwards to continue to print if you would like to.

Feedback from our last litho course in October:

'A big ‘thank you’ for such an interesting and productive weekend. Learnt such a lot and enjoyed myself at the same time! Really appreciated the group being small as better able to really learn and understand the process.'

'I just wanted to say thank you for a super course last weekend. It was a great experience.'


On the course you will make a shared test drawing on a stone that you will print together as an introduction to the process. You will then be able to work on another stone to develop your own drawing

 

Test stone, Stone Lithography Taster, July 2018

Print from test stone, Stone Lithography Taster, July 2018


Sunday 7 July 2019

11- 4pm

Cost: £70. Inks and collagraph papers included.

 

A day of colour printing, experimenting with two etching plates printed together, or exploring colour printing through relief roll and chine collee. A great addition to our Taster Courses this year, you can use the day to develop more complex prints from existing plates made on our other courses, make new plates, or add extra plates, for example using drypoint or monotype, to explore multiple colour printing. Coloured papers for chine collee are included, but you might want to collect and bring particular Japanese or handmade papers, found paper, and patterned paper in particular colours to add to your prints.

Tutor Michelle Avison trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art before going on to study Printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art. This course will help you understand and enjoy colour mixing and how to add interest to your prints by layering and adding colour in different ways.

 

“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

  • See images from previous courses on our archive page.