Developing Themes For Printing | Autumn

Duration: Two Days

Price: £150

Run by: Ruth
at Slamseys Art

01245 363813

The Barley Barn at Slamseys
Blackley Lane
Great Notley
CM77 7QW

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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.

Important Details
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.

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- - #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 :)

- - #6878

Ruth was a great teacher and we had a lot of fun. Also, the barn is a lovely setting.

- - #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!

- - #6792

Printed a tote bag for Christmas, fun workshop & really pleased with my design. Yummy rocky road cake too!

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #6755

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