Printmaking without a press - one day course

Duration: One day

Price: £65

Run by: Field Studies Council, Malham Tarn

01729 830331

Malham Tarn Field Centre
BD24 9PU

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About the Course

Printmaking is a wonderful way of creating exciting and often repeatable images using a myriad of techniques but people are often put off by the thought that it requires specialist studio equipment that is expensive and takes up lots of space.

Hester Cox is a local printmaker and she will show participants that this need not be the case and that it is perfectly possible to become a printmaker with little more than a kitchen table to work on and a tube of ink!

Throughout the day, Hester will discuss and demonstrate techniques and participants will have a chance to have a go themselves. The day will start with some simple monotype printing to get everyone loosened up and the ideas flowing and then she will show you how to create some interesting and textural collagraph printing blocks using found objects and materials that you may have lying around in your house or shed.

You will also learn a variety of stamp making methods and all of these methods can be used on their own or combined to create more complex imagery. You will then have time to ‘play’ and try printing your stamps and collagraphs onto different papers and surfaces. No previous experience is required and the workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

You will need to bring an apron or an old shirt and you are welcome to bring sketches or photos that you find inspiring.

Hester has a BA (Hons) in Illustration and works from her studio in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Her colourful and richly textured limited-edition collagraph prints reflect her appreciation of the natural landscape. She is a member of Leeds Fine Artists, Printmakers Circle, Printmaking Online and Ålgården Studios in Sweden.

Awards include an Extending Practice Award from Chrysalis Arts in 2011, which allowed her to work with the Mercer Gallery and the British and Yorkshire Museum, and she was one of ten artists selected to take part in Mirror Images, an international printmaking exhibition, which is showing simultaneously in North Yorkshire, Scotland, Finland and Sweden in 2015.

She has taught printmaking workshops privately and for organisations such as The Woodland Trust, ArtisOn Ltd, North Yorkshire County Council and Rural Arts. Her enthusiasm for teaching others how to create prints has found her not only offering studio-based classes but has led to some unusual fun events such as drop-in sessions for families in a woodland folly, creating monotypes and cyanotypes in the snow with teachers on an INSET day, teaching adults to create linocuts in the beautiful renovated conservatory at Scampston Hall and showing children how to make monotypes of live hens during a food festival at Swinton Park.

Start and finish times
Participants are requested to arrive between 9:30 and 10:00. Please report to reception on arrival. The course will start at 10:00 and end at around 17:00.

Participants will need to bring old clothes or an apron.Everything else will be provided but you are welcome to bring sketches and photos that you think might inspire you. Hester will also have lots of inspirational material related to the local area should you wish to use it.

Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses.

The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12.

Please click through to our website via the button above to book your place, or get in touch for more details.

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?

Refreshments and a light lunch are included
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
Use of resources including library, workrooms and the Centre grounds.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 24th March 2018

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