Introduction to Printmaking at Slamseys SUMMER SCHOOL, Essex
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STARTS MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018
Join us at Slamseys for a week of fun introductory printmaking workshops.
On Monday we use our etching press to print drypoint plates, experimenting with mark-making and chine-collee.
On Tuesday we move on to look at linocut; using soft-cut plates you will make a ‘suicide’ plate to explore multi-colour prints and registration, printing using our bookbinder’s relief press.
On Wednesday we will be making monoprints, using a gelatine plate with natural and found stencils and textures. You will create your own stencils to add additional layers and complete your compositions.
On Thursday we use simple screen printing techniques to print your designs, before moving on to try thermofax and experiment with adding textures and over-printing your previous designs.
On Friday you will have the opportunity to revisit and develop any of the previous days’ techniques. You might choose to explore a new theme during this time or to combine techniques to make a final composition.
You will leave with … multiple prints on paper using each technique, plus a lino and drypoint plate that you can continue to make prints with after the class. Upon completion of the course there will be an in depth manual emailed out to you containing instructions, details of materials and equipment.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is aimed at those with an interest in printmaking, who may have a little or no previous experience. This course is ideal for those who want to explore and develop new creative techniques. Due to the small group size, help and advice is always at hand meaning that your learning is fully supported throughout the course.
All printmaking equipment and materials will be provided and so you don’t need to bring anything with you. However, we recommend that you bring along your sketchbook or any special reference material that you would like to work from. We will have plenty to inspire you here, so don’t worry if you don’t have anything particular in mind. For inspiration, have a look at our printmaking boards on Pinterest.
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 10:00, 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 12:30, but note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.
Monday 6 August
Tuesday 7 August
Wednesday 8 August
Thursday 9 August
Friday 10 August
10 am – 12:30 pm
£175 for 5 days
A similar course also runs over two days on the 10th & 11th May.
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 throughout the week.
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 DatesMonday 6th August 2018
- Accessible by public transport
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
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