Printmaking Summer School with Liam Biswell
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About the Course
Spend three glorious summer days exploring three fabulous printmaking techniques, in one stunning art studio and natural surroundings!
Taught by professional artist and tutor Liam Biswell, you will delve into the world of dry-point etching, monoprints and screenprinting.
During this inspiring course, you will learn:
- How to select suitable images and reference materials
- The key principles dry point etching – how to get stunning images and add extra dimensions with additional colours and collage
- How to develop your own unique monoprints – this technique is expressive, loose and open to experimentation!
- How to create your own series of screen prints using cut or ripped stencils and use layering to produce instant, bold prints.
- How you can express your own style through mark making, use of texture, colour choice and composition.
- How to edition and mount your work so that it looks great on the wall.
In this professional artists’ studio:
- You’ll get step by step guidance from Liam throughout the sessions
- Be given visual presentations and demonstrations
- You’ll work in a relaxed, informal learning atmosphere and a community of fellow artists to share the learning experience with
- Frequent refreshments – tea, coffee & biscuits included
- Beautiful countryside setting
DAY 1: Drypoint Etching
You will learn how to transfer your chosen image or design onto a plate. This can then be put through the printing press, transferring it to paper!
DAY 2: Monoprint
A very instant printmaking process, students can achieve effective results quickly. There are various techniques to explore in monoprint, both with and without an etching press. It is an experimental process, a favourite of Liam’s for generating ideas as well as finished pieces. The beauty of monoprinting lies in its spontaneity and its allowance for combinations of printmaking, painting and drawing media
DAY 3: Screen Printing.
How to use a squeegee to push ink through a screen onto paper, card, fabric, or wood. It’s addictive and you’ll love it!
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?
- Three full days teaching (10am-4pm-ish)
- A printed course handout outlining the technique’s main principles
- All your materials and paper
- Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
- Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
- Beautiful countryside setting
Superb weekend. First time I've been able to throw myself into a print project from start to finish since I was at secondary school. So many ideas now flowing, I want to get back into the studio again and create more. Would have loved to spend more time getting to know everyone, but we were all so engrossed in our creations that the weekend whizzed by. I'd do it again in a heartbeat......just need to find the time now. Highly recommended creative weekend!
David MacQueen - - #11274
Thank you Liam for a great weekend of screen printing - Toby and I got such a lot out of the workshop. We now have the knowledge and knowhow to continue at home with lots of great ideas and renewed inspiration. Techniques were explained thoroughly and coherently, and you really offered up the chance to go for it and get creative. My lasting memory is of ten people busily printing, washing and experimenting - the time just flew by! Thanks again. Caroline and Toby.
caroline rossiter - - #11261
Thank you so very much for delivering such a wonderful printing course on the 10th and 11th June at The Phoenix Studio.You introduced so many printing options and explained the techniques thoroughly, with useful ideas on how to set up at home without incurring too much expense. It was very much a "hands on " experience with a practical emphasis.The group all achieved so much which was thanks to your leadership yet your manner was relaxed and informal.The Phoenix Studio also offers a great venue.I certainly learnt a great deal and, although I cannot attend your course in July, please keep me posted.
Kind regards Judith Harper
Judith Harper - - #9645
I’ve done perhaps a handful of plates previously, in one hour taster sessions. Liam’s informal and encouraging approach was perfect for me, as was the level of personal attention allowed by the class size. He is experienced in many processes and took the time to find out what we were all interested in before the class convened. The processes and timing for the weekend were then adjusted accordingly. He was flexible throughout, and, for example, quite prepared to accommodate those who wanted to continue with one process instead of moving on with the rest of the class. He was also encouraging of experiment.
A full two days isn’t nearly enough time, but is so much better than two-hour evening classes. To make the most of the time available I’d suggest coming well prepared with ideas and designs of the appropriate size (just ask). However, Liam came with a stack of print- and art- magazines which are a good source.
The purpose built Phoenix studio is spacious and light, and Liam is very well organised with materials and equipment.
Tim Peacock - - #2092
I thoroughly enjoyed Liam's 2 day printmaking workshop. I was a complete beginner, but Liam guided us through the different processes and encouraged us in such a way that I had confidence to have a go and was rather pleased with my efforts! It was all very relaxed. Liam was well organised and all the equipment and materials we needed were readily to hand. The Phoenix Studio in Towersey was a pleasant and accommodating space to work in. I look forward to the next opportunity.
Julia MacDougall - - #2090
My thanks go to Liam for a most informative and enjoyable course. I come away having learnt the basic principles and practices of three printmaking processes - Intaglio/Drypoint; Relief/Woodblock; and Screenprinting
The information was delivered in a friendly and relaxed manner and exactly matched my reasons for joining the course – these processes are no longer a mystery to me! With only six other participants there was a good balance of personal attention and creative buzz throughout. I am now looking to put at least some of these processes to use from home. Once again many thanks.
Mike Rains - - #2087
Liam combines giving the freedom to use your own ideas with giving the confidence that solutions to problems can be resolved! His course has provided a great introduction to various techniques and instilled a desire to carry on and learn more. His classes are relaxed, informative and fun for everyone.
Claire Lynch - - #1994
We have used Liam for several workshops in the past few years. Our A Level girls were completely inspired by the screen printing workshop that he ran and enhanced all of their portfolios. We have been so impressed with Liam's workshops that have been very accessible and brilliantly resourced, so much so that we are investing in more print making equipment at our school. I would not hesitate in recommending anyone who wishes to explore print making in more depth, these are fantastic worshops!
Susan Kew - - #1952
Liam provided a clear and easy to follow introduction to screen printing and we all were inspired by seeing the wonderful variety in his own printmaking. Forty or so young people enjoyed creating their own photographic screen prints with very striking results. They were all excited and enthused by the experience. All the materials were very high quality providing rich prints on different colours, textures and weights of paper.
Annie Wilkes - - #1949
The workshops cover a wide range of printmaking techniques producing multiple quality pieces. I would highly recommend his workshops.
Kelly caesar - - #1934
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Course Start DatesMonday 13th August 2018
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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