Course Provider: Slamseys Art
Contact Name: Ruth
Telephone: 01245 363813
The Barley Barn at Slamseys
Course Length: Two Days
5 star rating, 8 reviewers.
One of the biggest barriers facing students who come to the Barley Barn for printmaking classes is their lack of confidence in creating designs. ‘Developing Themes for Printing’ has been designed to help students generate and work on ideas, motifs, pattern and themes in their printmaking. This course will be repeated throughout the year and will cover a range of themes, such as seasons, texture, layers, home, holidays…
This course is split across two full Fridays, giving you time to work on your ideas in between sessions.
You will learn how to find inspiration and develop ideas and themes for block printing designs onto paper or fabric. We will use everyday objects, photographs, magazines and more to kick-start your creative printmaking process.
Across five lessons you will practice mixing and printing colour, understand basic pattern formats and how to use these in print, explore how simple shapes can convey emotive themes, develop complementary design ideas utilising theme, colour and pattern and learn how to create an all-over pattern block from lino and print a repeat design with it.
You will leave with… annotated works in progress, experimental and finished block prints on paper as well as foam and lino blocks that you can continue to print with at home. You will have the knowledge and confidence to continue to develop your design ideas at home and the technical skill to print onto paper or fabric.
Who is this course for?
This course has been designed for creative dabblers, those with an interest in printmaking and people who know how to print but are short on ideas. Beginners are welcome and students who are booked onto some of our other courses may find this useful to help them come up with ideas.
Materials and Equipment
All printmaking tools, materials and equipment are provided.
Please bring with you… a sketchbook and basic drawing materials and your reference material relating to your theme – You might like to bring along objects as well as magazines cuttings, sketches, photographs or fabrics. Further information will be sent out before the start of the course, in the meantime, please look at our Pinterest Board for inspiration. You may find it helpful to start your own Pinterest board or start collecting ideas in a sketchbook, scrapbook or portfolio.
Group size is limited to 6 people to give you plenty of space to work. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to work collaboratively in the group, to discuss each other’s work and help each other to fully develop their themes and ideas – in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the course.
The course runs over two days, Friday 6 October and Friday 13 October. The course will start at 10:00, please arrive five minutes before the first sessions for a cup of tea or coffee and introductions. The course will finish at approximately 15:00 each day, although please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.
Please bring along a packed lunch on both days (the nearest supermarket is a five-minute drive away).
If you would like to discuss the course prior to booking, please email Ruth
What's included in the price?
All printmaking tools and equipment will be provided. It’s advisable to bring along your own sketchbook and basic drawing materials as well as any design ideas or reference materials you have in mind. Tea and coffee will also be provided.
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