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.

Road-pool I, Collagraph, Carborundum & Chine Collee, Michelle Avison

Sunday 10 & 17 June 2018, 11.00- 4.00pm

Cost: £145. Materials included.

Explore different methods of making Collagraph plates using acrylic sheets as the base. On day one you will make and print from plastic tape and other simple materials, and also prepare plates to print on day 2 using paint, glue and carborundum grit to make more permanent plates which you can print on the second day. Carborundum has been used by artists such as Howard Hodgkin, Gillian Ayres and Hughie O'Donaghue. It allows you to build up brushstrokes in a very painterly way and to print in clean colour and in more than one colour. Come and join us for an exciting exploration of the possibilities of the acrylic plates, and a new repertoire of printmaking techniques that can add an extra dimension to your work and can be used with existing plates as well.

 

 

 

Next class Thursday 24 May, 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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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.