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.

Starts Thursday 19 April, 6.30pm- 9.30pm

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, Tom Hammick and Damien Hirst.

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. A wide range of inks and paper are included.

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Saturday 28 April & Saturday 5 May 2018, 10.00- 5.00pm

Tutor: Soomin Leong

Cost: £170. Includes woodblocks and paper.

This Japanese Woodcut course will take place over 2 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.

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Sunday 29 April, 2018, 11-4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £70. 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.

 

Saturday 12 May 2018, 11-2pm

Tutors: Michelle Avison & Lee Johnson

Free

Work with exhibiting artist Lee Johnson and SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio's Michelle Avison on this three hour taster course exploring Linocut and storytelling. 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. Lee will briefly discuss his own work currently exhibiting in the studio, and encourage you to explore your personal stories through the medium of printmaking.

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Saturday 19 May, 12- 2pm

Tutor: Louise Pallister

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Join SLAUGHTERHAUS studio member Louise Pallister for a free printmaking taster, creating simple blue Cyanotype 'sunprints' using ready prepared papers, found objects and simple drawing techniques. The plates will be made outside in sunlight- if it rains we will cancel the course- to be notified the day before, or in the morning of 19 May.


Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 July 2018, 10.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £140. Materials extra.

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 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.

 

 

 

“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.