Courses

Summer 2017

We are pleased to be offering new specialist courses this summer with Master Printer Rob White, who has over 15 years experience as an editioning printer, and has worked with artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Tom Hammick, Stephen Chambers. Rob brings his fantastic technical expertise and problem solving skills to three courses in July and August, which will stretch and challenge your printmaking in new ways.

Michelle Avison will teach two courses exploring linocut, both black and white and two colour, including etched lino. These classes run during our next exhibition, London: Places & Spaces featuring relief linocuts by Liz Bennett- giving the perfect opportunity to study the prints at the same time.

Also during July, Soomin Leong, who trained in Singapore will bring her knowledge and experience to explore western and far eastern inking techniques in woodcut printing. If you have ever thought about finding out how to print by hand, or would like to explore the differences between the Japanese water based and western oil based inks, this course will be a fantastic opportunity to find out about how to use and combine both.

From September onwards, we plan to start a regular printmaking class with tutor Rob White on Mondays. And, during the month of October at the same time as our annual Studio Exhibition, there will be a series of classes, taster sessions and events. Please see below for more details.

Small class sizes ensure that you will get lots of tutor time and support. Our courses are fast paced, but professional, so that you will find out a lot about the subject, and lots of ideas to take further in your work. Tutors are inventive problem solvers who will ensure you get the most out of your course.

Linocut Workshop, 2016

Sunday 4 June, 11- 4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £70. Includes lino and paper.

Join this one day course to learn how to make a linocut print. Bring a drawing to work from and find out how to transfer your design to the lino block, and ways of cutting marks into the lino to describe different tones and pattern in black and white. Learn how to use tools safely. You will have time to print a small edition of prints on our 1833 Albion press, and also find out how you can hand print on thin Japanese papers.

Tools available to borrow, but please bring your own if you have them.

Michelle Avison, BA Fine Art (Hons) Slade School of Art, MA Printmaking Wimbledon School of Art.


Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June, 10-4pm

Tutor: Soomin Leong

Cost: £140. Includes woodblock and paper.

Soomin Leong, who trained in Singapore will bring her knowledge and experience to an exploration of western and far eastern traditional inking techniques in woodcut printing. Soomin will present a short talk about Japanese and western woodcut printing and how they can be used together. If you have ever thought about finding out how to print Japanese Woodcut by hand, or would like to explore the differences between water based and oil based inks more commonly used in the west, and the exciting possibilities in using the two together, this course will be a fantastic opportunity to use both. You will be shown how to do multi block multi colour Japanese woodcut printing. The image you produce will be at least two water based ink colours plus one oil based ink layer.


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Sunday 2 July, 11- 4pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £70. Includes lino and paper.

Join this one day course to learn how to make a two colour lino print. Bring a colour image to work from, or simply explore texture and pattern and learn how to cut and print the lino, then 'reduce' or cut the lino again to make the second block. Learn how to make a registration to ensure that the prints are straight and well printed. Make an extra block by etching the lino, which can be introduced under the first lino, so that during the course of the day you will print both reduction and multi- block methods.

Tools available to borrow, but please bring your own if you have them.

This course is a great continuation class to Linocut Taster in June. There is a 10% discount for bookings of more than one class made at the same time.

Michelle Avison is an artist and printmaker who set up and runs SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio. Her work uses drawing and painting to inform her printmaking- she is an experienced and experimental printmaker who will help you to find out how to get started, refresh your technique, teach you new processes and how to create a great image in a short space of time.

Michelle Avison, BA Fine Art (Hons) Slade School of Art, MA Printmaking Wimbledon School of Art.


Mon 3, 10, 17 July, 10-4pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £210. Materials extra.

Explore colour relief printing, using wood and lino to build fantastic multi- layered colour prints. Use relief cutting and reduction methods to explore mark making, shape blocks using a jigsaw, and learn how to monotype from the surface of the blocks to add extra layers and colours.

Rob is a practicising artist and editioning printer of over 15 years experience, having worked with artists Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Tom Hammick, and Stephen Chambers amongst many others. We are thrilled to introduce these new courses taught by Rob, who has fantastic technical printmaking skills alongside a vast experience of working to develop artists' ideas and of problem solving to produce complex images.

This class will be the first of a series of weekday Monday classes- look out for the new class in September.


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Sunday 30 July, 6 & 8 August, 10-4pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £210. Materials extra.

Bring ideas, drawing, sketchbooks and etching plates to this Masterclass with Rob White, who will guide you to find new and exciting ways of working with colour in etching and monotype. Suitable for printmakers with some experience, over the three days, the course will cover ways of using monotype techniques to add to your etchings, and different ways of printing from your plates in colour including a la poupee and colour roll techniques. Experienced as a printer working with artists such as Tom Hammick and Stephen Chambers, Rob has a wealth of knowledge that will inform and help you develop your prints.


Monday 8 - Thursday 11 August, 10-4pm

Tutor: Rob White

Cost: £280. Materials extra.

A workshop class for practising artist printmakers. Work with Rob White, who will help you think of new ways of working in relief and intaglio. Bring ideas, drawings and/ or existing plates or blocks to this class to be guided through techniques and methods that will expand the boundaries of your work. You will also look at prints by artists who are using printmaking techniques in interesting ways to inform and inspire your work. Suitable for printmakers and artists who want to see how print can be used to develop images and ideas.


“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”.

“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.