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.

Tide IV, Hard Ground Etching, Michelle Avison

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October 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.




Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October, 2018, 10.00-4.00pm

Tutor: Matt Young

Cost: £120. 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.


Test stone, Stone Lithography Taster, July 2018

Print from test stone, Stone Lithography Taster, July 2018

All classes taught by Rob White, who works as master printer for major London print studio Paupers Press, where he has printed editions for artists including Grayson Perry, Tom Hammick and Damien Hirst.

Find out how to make successful colour etchings, with the opportunity to try out different inking and printing techniques over the three weeks. Each class can be taken separately, but if you do all three you will have the opportunity to work with existing plates and add to them with one or more extra layers, and to really explore the possibilities of colour roll, chine collee, multi plate printing, rainbow rollover and a la poupee methods.

In this Secrets of the Print Studio series of classes you will learn how to ink in colour and how to make professional decisions about wiping and adjusting your printing inks to achieve the best results from them.

Because different plates require different techniques to get the best results, these three classes concentrate on etching. Look out for more courses in the New year which will include working in Collagraph and Drypoint.

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 in the course fee but you are advised to bring all the inks and papers you normally use as well.


Multi Colour Inking and Rollovers

Thursday 11 October 2018, 6.30- 9.30pm

Explore inking separate areas of the plate in different colours (a la poupee), plus colour roll.









Thursday 8 November, 6.30- 9.30pm 2018

Working with multiple plates

Make an extra plate or ink existing plates to print on top of each other to achieve complex layered prints.


Combining Colour and Chine Collee

Thursday 6 December 2018, 6.30- 9.30pm

Use all of the techniques plus chine collee to explore complex colour combinations and make exciting prints.

Book 3 all three Secrets of the Print Studio classes together to receive a10% discount.






“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.