Developing Themes For Printing | Autumn
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About the Course
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
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 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.
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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