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Mini Print One Day

Mini Print One Day

Friday 14 July

Inspired by the Hahnemühle East Anglia Mini Print Exhibition, Slamseys are running a Mini Print Day, focusing on small 10 cm x 10 cm prints that students can submit to the exhibition. We will spend the morning working on lino and complete a drypoint etching in the afternoon. The workshop will cover the complete printmaking processes for drypoint etching and linocut, as well as proofing, simple registration and editioning.

You will leave with … an edition of five 10 cm x 10 cm prints for each media.

Who is this workshop for?
Returning students: This course is ideal for our previous students who have a basic understanding of drypoint and linocut, but are lacking confidence or the studio equipment to print on their own. You will be able to complete more complex designs and explore mark making in your finished designs.

Beginners: Beginners are welcome to attend this course and the entire printmaking processes will be covered for both lino and drypoint. You may want to focus on simple designs and are welcome to purchase a linocut kit to continue printing with at home.

Materials and Equipment
All printmaking tools and equipment will be provided. At the beginning of the session you will receive one drypoint Perspex plate and two softcut lino plates, each measuring 10 cm x 10 cm, as per the submission guidelines. Additional plates and a linocut tool kit will be available to purchase on the day if you would like to continue printmaking at home, or would like to develop your designs before submitting.

This year the Mini Print Exhibition is sponsored by Hahnemühle. Submissions can be made on Hahnemühle paper, supplied by the Mini Print Exhibition free of charge. Students must request the paper individually from the Mini Print website. If you would like to print on the paper during the workshop, please request the paper on the Mini Print website before the start of the course. Additional proofing and printmaking paper will be provided during the class.

Please bring with you…
A sketchbook and basic drawing materials. In order to make the most of the session, please think about what you would like to print before the workshop. Of course, guidance will be available on the day, but it’s a useful starting point if you have something in mind.

Lino Designs: Please have a look at our lino printmaking boards on Pinterest for inspiration. A one colour design will be the simplest to print, but two colour prints are also an option. Bring a few print outs with you and we will work together to come up with a suitable design.

Drypoint Designs: Drypoint etching looks a lot like pen and ink drawings, photographs are also a good place to start.

Please bring your own packed lunch
(the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).

Important Details
Group size will be limited to six people to ensure maximum support and direction, and giving you plenty of space in which to work. You will be encouraged to discuss each other’s work for useful feedback – all in a friendly and relaxed setting. The workshop will begin at 10:00 and will finish at approximately 15:00, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work. Please arrive five minutes before the start time for tea, coffee and introductions. There is free parking immediately outside the barn.

For full submission guidelines, please visit the Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition website. Exhibition details are subject to change, so please check the website fully before submitting. This workshop does not cover the cost of submitting to the exhibition and you are not required to submit any of your prints to the exhibition if you don’t want to!

Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition website:




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