Creative Inspiration Day
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About the Course
It’s tough to begin a creative project and staring at a blank page doesn’t make it any easier. This Creative Inspiration Day has been designed to give you some different points to jump off from and explore shape, colour and pattern. We will use block-printmaking techniques to bring some of these ideas to life, but if you are coming at this from a different creative process, feel free to deviate and use your own preferred mediums to explore the topic and share these with the group.
Taking our inspiration from our Springtime surroundings, you will take part in a range of activities to develop your designs. We begin with some drawing exercises to loosen you up and to start creating a catalogue of ideas, and then move on to explore colour and shape. The afternoon is spent bringing these together in print.
You will leave with … a sketchbook full of ideas, including sketches and colour wheels, printed sheets that explore pattern and foam stamps that you can continue printing with at home.
Who is this workshop for? Creative dabblers, artists, printmakers, those new to the process and those with a little experience. The techniques covered are simple and so you do not need a background in printmaking to take part. If you are at the beginning of a course or project, this workshop can help you get started. This workshop is much more about design and idea generation than technical processes.
Important details: Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of room to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The workshop will begin at 09:30, so please arrive five minutes beforehand for a cup of tea or coffee and introductions. The workshop will finish between 15:30 and 16:00, depending on the speed at which you work. Please bring a packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five-minute drive away).
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All printmaking tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Please bring along your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and any special reference material that you would like to work from, including fabrics, postcards, photographs and interesting objects to share with the group. Further information about what to bring will be sent out before the course. Tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake will be available throughout the day.
Gorgeous space. Ruth is great fun and knowledgeable, but also friendly and approachable. This one is a little different than some of the other classes, but still enjoyable and a good foundation for future classes. Friday mornings work for me, so I hope to make a term of it. Recipe for the flapjacks please!
DebD - - #12546
What a beautiful day! Lovely surroundings, pleasant people - just the thing I needed to kick start my projects. I've got a sketchbook full of ideas, colour and drawings and lots of ideas I'm going to rework at home. I will be booking onto the fabric printing next month to make some of these ideas come true!
Phillippa Wong - - #12542
I go on courses when other people go on holiday and as it happened 2 booked courses had been cancelled. It was at this stage I discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head, booking 4 courses in the Autumn 2017 programme. I started to panic: What if I didn’t the first one and had paid the fees for 3 more? Would the content overlap too much that I wouldn’t learn much and get bored? What is I didn’t like the tutor?
It has been a total success! These courses are equal in standard to the mosaic courses run the artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, another professional artist, and previously the best I have attended.
Ruth Wheaton is a very experience tutor class and gently moves students on so that the all the activities are completed and yet there is flexibility. The equipment and block printing ink are freely available when you need them and there are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the print-making process.
The description on the website is full and very accurate and if you explore the super website you will see the standard of work which is possible achievable to.
Each course covered a different area. To me learning how to build up a design and use the colour wheel to make all the colours needed from red, blue and yellow ink has been really useful. I believe I have a acquired very thorough grounding and with practice at home, and likely achieve very satisfying results.
The details list the kind of people who will enjoy the courses. I would say that with Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, providing you consider yourself ‘crafty’ you will get a great deal out of them. You need no more knowledge than having done potato printing and having enjoyed the process. You will meet a whole variety of people. I call myself a mosaic artist, but not having done any printing in a degree module for nearly 20 years because of a depressive illness resulting in complete loss of confidence.
Everything associated with Slamsey’s is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed. …. and there is plenty of parking!
What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!
Cathy T - - #11228
Thanks Ruth! Loved learning how to print - you are a great teacher. The barn is an amazing space too! Hope to be back soon :)
Rosie Bee - - #6878
Ruth was a great teacher and we had a lot of fun. Also, the barn is a lovely setting.
James Cullen - - #6876
Wonderful venue, tasty refreshments, great facilities. I really enjoyed learning to screen print, have been wanting to learn for a long time. I'm excited to buy my own supplies & keep printing at home - thank you!
Angela - - #6792
Printed a tote bag for Christmas, fun workshop & really pleased with my design. Yummy rocky road cake too!
Beth H - - #6791
I came with three friends to this course, Slamseys is in a beautiful location on a farm, the barn is a really enjoyable place to be. Ruth was friendly and helpful throughout the session - no question was too silly to ask! Really pleased with my bags, can't wait to come again soon!
Harrie - - #6783
I took my wife of 26 years to this - it was a wonderful day that brought us closer together. My printing experience had been limited to the office photocopier to date so this course really opened my eyes to the versatilities of the form. The venue and facilities were excellent and I really enjoyed the cheese sandwiches. Tutor Ruth was very approachable and had a great sense of humour. Would recommend.
Steve Phillips - - #6769
Did one of these courses over the summer and it was totes amazing.
Ruth was on hand through the whole thing to help me with the design and any questions I had about the process. At end of the course I had a great gift for my friend's birthday.
Really fun too.
Sam Gee - - #6757
Really enjoyed the printmaking workshop at Slamseys, fabulous venue, delicious refresments and helpful and warm tutor. The small group size meant there was lots of help at hand throughout the workshop.
Beth Paterson - - #6755
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Course Start DatesFriday 7th September 2018
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- Disabled access
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