Courses

Looking to join one of our courses? Our OnLine Saturday Print Club is the perfect place to start if you want to learn simple printmaking techniques that you can do at home, with lots of creative ideas and input. Our online classes will be delivered via Zoom. You will need to be able to download the Zoom app and follow a link sent to you by email to join the course.

Join one of our Taster classes for a quick introduction to different techniques or our longer daytime and evening classes allow you more time to develop work in different techniques.

All of our in studio classes are Covid-safe, with distancing and mask wearing where we can't distance. Our classes have small numbers of students and we can guarantee that you will get lots of expert help and advice- the small numbers mean that you will really achieve a lot.

Get creative, boost your mood and find wellbeing through discovering new ways of making. Our Saturday Print Club is a safe, friendly, arty Saturday morning class where you will be encouraged to use printmaking techniques to take you on your own visual journey and explore your creativity.

Each 5 weeks different artists (let's face it, we need the work!) will lead, demonstrating new techniques and ways of generating ideas. There will be plenty of time to practice and develop, and lots of support and encouragement.

The Saturday Print Club is designed to give inspiration and skills to everyone, whether you have never picked up an inky roller, are a printmaker without access to their normal workshop, or an artist who just needs some new exercises to kick start a creative New Year.

Make yourself a cup of tea and get making - what a perfect way to start your weekend!

All classes delivered via Zoom. We will send a materials list as soon as you sign up- you may need to buy some items

Recording of this class is now available for £5. A link and materials list will be sent on receipt of payment.

Tutor: Eleanor Watson

In this session Ellie will describe and show a range of different materials and tools that can be used for making monotypes at home, with an opportunity to ask questions. It is recommended that you book this class before any of our other monotype courses so that you have the tools and materials necessary to get the most out of subsequent courses.

 


4, 11, 18 & 25 October 2021, 6.00- 9.00pm

Cost: £185. Plate extra, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

New 4 weekly printmaking class on Monday evenings focussing on etching techniques. In this first class, learn how to work with hard ground on an etching plate, including how to build tone and pattern through markmaking, make corrections, additions and re-etch the plate. Also explore different inks and learn how wiping the plate correctly can improve the resulting image.

This course is ideal for printmakers looking to expand their repertoire and wanting to learn more about how hard hard ground can be used in different ways, but it can equally be a fun starting point to learn a new printmaking technique. Students who have attended this course can become members and join in with our studio workshop sessions to carry on their work in hard ground at a 10% discount for the first 5 sessions booked.

Look out for the next course in the series, Soft Ground, starting on 1 November.

Saturday 9, 16, 23 & 30 October 2021 10.00- 4.00pm

Tutor: SooMin Leong

Cost: £360. 4 places. All materials included.

Location: In the studio

Join artist and printmaker SooMin Leong who trained in the world famous Tyler studio in Singapore, for an introduction to stone lithography. You will learn how to grain a litho stone, how to make a drawing using greasy drawing materials such as crayons and litho tusche and how to process the stone ready for printing. First, you will work on shared stones, and then have the opportunity to work on your own stone to print a small edition. The course is designed to equip you with the confidence to continue stone lithography. All participants can join the studio as a member after the class to practice Stone Lithography with a discount on the first 10 studio sessions.

 

 

Sunday 10 October 2021, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Michelle Avison

Cost: £58. Acrylic plate, inks and paper included.

Monotype printmaking is a great introduction to printmaking. You will find out about inking a surface in order to make marks and print from it. It is a simple method to try out ideas, to work through drawings and explore image making, mark making and composition. On this 3 hour taster course you will find out how to make trace monotypes using different drawing tools and then how to print the reverse image from the plate - two prints for the price of one! Bring a sketchbook, images or photographs to work from.

 

 


Autumn Weekends: Finding Creative Inspiration at Home with Eleanor Watson

16th, 23rd October, 6th, 13th, 20th, November 2021

Online via zoom

5 weeks (15 hours)

Cost: £150

On this 5 week course you will explore ways of making art from your home and the things in it. Drawing exercises will encourage you to find different ways of drawing and materials to explore. You will use these drawings to develop into prints using different monoprinting techniques. Each week you will be introduced to a different way of working with new artistic references, so that over the 5 weeks you will build a personal vocabulary of markmaking and ideas to practice and use again.

Led by resident artist Eleanor Watson whose work explores interiors in various mediums. She will be bringing her enthusiasm and energy for the subject as well as referring to both historical and contemporary artistic interpretations of home. Plenty of material to get started with this fun and welcoming printmaking course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 17 October 1.30-4.30pm

Tutor: Chris Christodoulou

Cost: £58. Acrylic printing plates, paper and inks included.

Location: at SLAUGHTERHAUS

Learn drypoint techniques with artist Chris Christodoulou. Chris will show you how to achieve a range rich black and grey tones using drypoint techniques on easily available acrylic plastic sheet. You will explore how to achieve a wide range of marks by cross hatching an building marks and tone with a range of tools. You will learn how to ink and print the plates to achieve the dark and smudgy lines characteristic of drypoint, and which Chris uses to such good effect in his own work.

 


Sunday 24 October 2021, 1.30- 4.30pm

Tutor: Rob White

£58. Includes wood, paper and ink.

Work with artist Rob White 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.


Grainy Wood with Sarah Gursoy Heuser

Saturday 15, 22, 29 January, 5 & 12 February 2022, 10am-1pm

Online via zoom

5 weeks (15 hours)

Cost: £160 (includes a curated pack of materials and paper to get you started)

On this 5 week course you will explore ways of making prints from wood without using conventional cutting tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2, 9, 16 & 23 November 2021, 6.00- 9.00pm

Cost: £185. Plate extra, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

New 4 weekly printmaking class on Monday evenings focussing on etching techniques. On this course, learn how to work with soft ground on an etching plate, including how to build tone and pattern through drawing and using textured materials. Learn how to alter, add to and re-etch the plate. Also explore different inks and learn how wiping the plate correctly can improve the resulting image.


Tuesday 1 & 8 February 2022, 6.00-9.00pm

Location: In the studio

Cost: £96.

Tutor: Rob White

In our series of evening classes focusing on etching, this class explores sugar lift. Sugar lift is a painterly way of making marks on an etching plate, which can then be etched deeply to create emboss effects and/ or made darker through the use of aquatint.

On this two evening course you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, then learn how to prepare, draw, etch and print the sugar lift looking at different sugar lift mixtures to get a range of marks. You will apply an aquatint to achieve a range of tones. You will have time to add subsequent layers, or to explore colour printing. 1 x A5 etching plate, ink and paper included.


15 & 22 February 2022, 6.00- 9.00pm.

Cost: £96. 1 x A5 etching plate, ink and paper included

Tutor: Rob White

Location: In the studio

White Ground is great way to make painterly marks on an etching plate- working with layers of aquatint and white ground you will learn how to achieve interesting tonal watercolour like effects which can be used on their own or with other etching techniques.

Over two evenings you will look at and discuss a range of print examples, learn how to prepare the etching plate and use White Ground to create washy, painterly marks, then how to print in different ways to gain the most from the delicate tonal marks.


Memory of a Landscape with Sarah Heuser

Saturday 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May 2022, 10am-1pm

5 weeks (15 hours)

Cost: £150

You will explore new ways of creating a composition by developing your image through different processes: drawing, monotype printing, and collage. Then you will translate these into a relief reduction print to experiment with colour combinations while printing a variable edition that explores colour as a starting point. Find inspiration in landscapes – remembered and revisited, and spend a few hours a week lost in making.

Led by artist Sarah Gursoy-Heuser, whose work explores fragmented landscape. Sarah will bring her enthusiasm and energy for the subject to this course, referring to both historical and contemporary artistic interpretations of memory and space. Plenty of material to get started with this fun and welcoming printmaking course.