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Mini Printing, Editions and Exhibitions

Mini Printing, Editions and Exhibitions

Friday 25 May 2018

A full-day session for returning printmakers to explore and develop their techniques on a mini scale. Inspired by the Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition, students are invited back to Slamseys to create mini prints in their chosen or combined printmaking techniques. You can use one or more (or all) of the following: screen printing, thermofax, lino, drypoint and jelly printing.

We begin by brainstorming your ideas on paper, working several designs to be proofed and then, following a group appraisal and discussion, you can make amendments, finalise details, change colour palettes to develop your final designs. For the rest of the session you will be printing an edition of your work. You might choose to work on two or three designs, or focus only on one. This is a largely self-directed day where you will be encouraged to follow your own line of enquiry.

You will leave with … a range of completed mini prints, of print size 10x10 cm on paper size of 15x15 cm. These can be entered to the Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition (TBC), if you would like to, or will be perfect for framing and display at home. You will be provided with a bundle of 10 sheets of Hahnemühle paper to use in the class, but if you would like more, you can purchase your own bundle from the Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition website  for £8. Please allow time for postage.

Who is this workshop for? This workshop is for returning students and those comfortable with the desired printmaking process. Help will be at hand to refresh your knowledge, point you in the right direction and provide an extra pair of hands, but individual techniques will not be taught in detail (please see our other workshops for complete instructions).  You may like to work collaboratively, or work on your own ideas.

Materials and equipment: Printmaking tools and equipment will be provided, but it is essential that you bring with you your sketchbook with ideas for designs you would like to work on, basic drawing materials and specific reference material to work from. Please think about your medium in advance of the course and feel free to email Ruth to discuss any ideas in advance.

Important details: Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of room to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The workshop will begin at 09:30, so please arrive five minutes beforehand for a cup of tea or coffee and introductions. The workshop will finish between 15:00 and 15:30, depending on the speed at which you work and how you choose to use this session. Please bring a packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five-minute drive away).


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