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Summer School  Introduction to Printmaking

Summer School Introduction to Printmaking

Starts Monday 12 August 2019

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 reduction 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. We will be working on an approx scale of A6-A5 plates.

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 tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Linocut tools and printmaking packs will be available to purchase during the week. Please bring your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and any special reference material that you would like to work from. We will spend time working on designs each day, but it's useful to have some ideas in mind to start with.

Important details
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. The workshop will finish at approximately 12:00, but note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work.

2019 Dates
Monday 12 August
Tuesday 13 August
Wednesday 14 August
Thursday 15 August
Friday 16 August

09:30 am – 12:00 pm

£175 for 5 days

August 2019


Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

My interest in art has taken me all around the world, working in the Australian outback, London’s Mayfair and now back home in Essex. I studied printmaking at the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute and really enjoy helping people discover how easy it is to create their own designs using simple printing processes.  I opened Slamseys Art so that everyone can have a go at learning new creative skills.

Find out more about my printmaking and view student work on Instagram.

Tutor Reviews

"We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!"

Chelmsford City W.I.

I go on courses when other people go on holiday and as it happened 2 booked courses had been cancelled. It was at this stage I discovered Slamsey’s printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head, booking 4 courses in the Autumn 2017 programme. I started to panic: What if I didn’t the first one and had paid the fees for 3 more? Would the content overlap too much that I wouldn’t  learn much and get bored? What is I didn’t like the tutor?

It has been a total success! These courses are equal in standard to the mosaic courses run the artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, another professional artist, and previously the best I have attended. 

Ruth Wheaton is a very experience tutor class and gently moves students on so that the all the activities are completed and yet there is flexibility. The equipment and block printing ink are freely available when you need them and there are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the print-making process.

The description on the website is full and very accurate and if you explore the super website you will see the standard of work which is possible achievable to.

Each course covered a different area. To me learning how to build up a design and use the colour wheel to make all the colours needed from red, blue and yellow ink has been really useful. I believe I have a acquired very thorough grounding and with practice at home, and likely achieve very satisfying results.

The details list the kind of people who will enjoy the courses. I would say that with Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, providing you consider yourself  ‘crafty’ you will get a great deal out of them. You need no more knowledge than having done potato printing and having enjoyed the process. You will meet a whole variety of people. I call myself a mosaic artist, but not having done any printing in a degree module for nearly 20 years because of a depressive illness resulting in complete loss of confidence.

Everything associated with Slamsey’s is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed. …. and there is plenty of parking!  

What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!

Cathy T

The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.

Karen B

The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!

Connie C

I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too! 

Sam D