Colour monotype printing at Greystoke Castle Print Studio

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Monotyping is a method of printmaking whereby an image is drawn or etched on to a smooth surface. The surface is then inked and transferred (usually using a printing press) on to a sheet of paper.

This one day course will take you through one of the most flexible of monotype techniques, allowing you to produce one or more multi-coloured prints. This workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike.

Bill Cummins specialises in oil painting and all forms of printmaking. His work has been exhibited widely – including at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and Lakes Artists – and he has taught all forms of art activity for many years.

No previous experience is necessary but in order to get the most from your course it is requested that you undertake a small amount of preparation work:
1. Find some sort of colour image which will form the basis of your monotype design. This can be a painting (oil, watercolour, gouache, etc) which you have previously made yourself, or it can be a photograph, or a postcard image of another painting.
2. Take a sheet of strong paper or thin card and make a drawing from your image, but, most importantly, it must be in line only. There are two sizes to which you can make your drawing – either to a maximum of around 18” x 25” for a full-sized sheet of print paper, or to a maximum of around 12” x 18” for a half-sized sheet. Your drawing can be reasonably simple (you don’t have to be too precise about everything) but it must relate fairly well to your colour image.
It would help also if you bring along any other preparatory work along with you.
Please see the website and get in touch if you would like more information or to discuss this.

The studio is set in the beautiful grounds of Greystoke Castle Estate, the studio is fully equipped, bright, spacious and well lit, catering for all ages and abilities. The class is taught in a small group (maximum of 5 people) so there is plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tuition with Bill.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are provided but some preparatory work is required. Please see the detail in the description above.

Tea and coffee is provided but please bring your own lunch. The local shop sells a small selection of sandwiches.


Bill Cummins at Greystoke Castle Print Studio

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Unit 1, Greystoke Castle Estate
CA11 0TG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:01am to 4:01pm)

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