Developing your printmaking style at Slamseys, Essex
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About the Course
Join us at Slamseys for an in depth course exploring printmaking techniques and supporting you to develop your style as a printmaker. Every Thursday for 7 weeks from 28th February.
You will create a body of work using a variety of printmaking techniques, including monoprinting, lino and block printing, thermofax and screen printing, drypoint and schappa plate etching. You will increase your understanding of combined printmaking techniques and use these methods to investigate a particular theme or idea.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to learn, attempt, investigate, wonder and experiment and then to follow your own lines of enquiry. At the end of the course, you and your fellow students will have the opportunity to display your work in a mini-exhibition for the Slamseys Printmaking Open Day, full details to be confirmed.
For the first five weeks, the mornings will be dedicated to a particular compositional element, such as line, colour, shape, tone, layers, texture, details. There will be suggested guides and projects to work on covering up to three printmaking methods. You may choose to carry out each suggestion, or you may find yourself moving along your own path. In the afternoon, you will be able to develop your work, perhaps combining one or two methods, working collaboratively with another student or refining and reworking your initial idea. In the remaining two weeks, you will collate your learning to create a series of three prints and complete a self-portrait.
Peer review and discussion with your tutor is built into the course, to encourage you to develop your style and explore new avenues, so that by the end of the class you will have tried some new techniques and stepped outside your comfort zone.
Is this course right for me?
This course assumes some knowledge of printmaking, although new techniques and suggestions will be demonstrated each week, and so it is not suited to complete beginners: Students should have some previous experience or understanding of screen printing, relief printing, intaglio or monoprinting, but it’s ok if you’re a little rusty. It may have been a while since you were in a printmaking studio and you need guidance and support to get back into it, but you must be comfortable following your own lines of enquiry and using the time to develop your techniques and ideas. The sessions will comprise of prompts and suggestions to explore topics, rather than strict lessons.
The course is suited to artists, printmakers or creative people who want to deepen their understanding of printmaking. You will have some confidence in your skills, but might be looking for inspiration or find you are struggling to make the time or space to dedicate to your work. You may be enrolled on another creative or artistic course and would like to use this to push that study forward.
Class size will be limited to six people so that you have plenty of space and resources to work with. This will allow for optimum tutor time and guidance as well as peer support throughout the course.
Group size is limited to only 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The workshop will begin at 09:30, please arrive five minutes before the start of the first session for introductions and a cup of tea or coffee and slice of homemade cake. The workshop will finish at approximately 15:00, but note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.
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. Tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake will be available each day.
This is the second class I have done at Slamseys with Ruth. I wanted to develop some ideas, so even though I wasn't a beginner and some of the other students were, I could just use the space as I needed and work on my own ideas, but the guidance and help was still there, which was helpful as some of the techniques I was a bit rusty on. I took home lots of things and ideas and have already used my lino to make some cards. These all work on fabric too, so i picked up some ink at the end of the class which was good so that i didn't have to go to the shops or look online again afterwards.Do it!
Bee Hodge - - #12545
This course covers all the basic techniques in printmaking, informative and interesting. It moves at a good pace and I left with lots of ideas and recommendations.
Sal - - #12540
Great way to spend the summer learning new things to teach my college students next year. Well thought out, informative and interesting. Great saving with early bird booking.
Joanne - - #10574
I have been on this course and also the linocut greetings cards one - both of which have been so interesting and fun. Ruth catered for my gluten free diet with a new cake or biscuit each week, which was much appreciated. I think drypoint etching was my favourite, Ruth encouraged us to experiment with inking and printing techniques throughout the session. Yes, I do recommend to others. SophieBx
Sophie B - - #6794
Intro to printing was a really interesting course. I loved drypoint etching using the press as well as screen printing, lino cut & monoprinting. It's amazing how different each technique was. It was handy to have the final session to revisit the previous topics to develop further. I think this was good value for money as there were cakes and tea and coffee available throughout the session, it was a very small group and the setting on a farm was beautiful. I travelled quite far for this workshop each week, and I definitely think it was worth it. Can't wait to book again, will be trying fabric printing next time!
Jo H - - #6782
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Course Start DatesThursday 28th February 2019
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