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Printmaking, Developing your Style Long Course

Printmaking, Developing your Style Long Course

Starts Thursday 28 February 2019

An in depth, seven-week course, exploring printmaking techniques and supporting you to develop your style as a printmaker.

What you will do:
You will create a body of work using a variety of printmaking techniques, including monoprinting, lino and block printing, thermofax and screen printing, drypoint and schappa plate etching. You will increase your understanding of combined printmaking techniques and use these methods to investigate a particular theme or idea.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to learn, attempt, investigate, wonder and experiment and then to follow your own lines of enquiry. At the end of the course, you and your fellow students will have the opportunity to display your work in a mini-exhibition for the Slamseys Printmaking Open Day, full details to be confirmed.

For the first five weeks, the mornings will be dedicated to a particular compositional element, such as line, colour, shape, tone, layers, texture, details. There will be suggested guides and projects to work on covering up to three printmaking methods. You may choose to carry out each suggestion, or you may find yourself moving along your own path. In the afternoon, you will be able to develop your work, perhaps combining one or two methods, working collaboratively with another student or refining and reworking your initial idea. In the remaining two weeks, you will collate your learning to create a series of three prints and complete a self-portrait.

Peer review and discussion with your tutor is built into the course, to encourage you to develop your style and explore new avenues, so that by the end of the class you will have tried some new techniques and stepped outside your comfort zone.

It is recommended that you choose a theme to work on, as this will provide some focus to your work and can give you a good starting point. You should expore something meaningful to you  and you will be sent further guidance when you book onto the course.

Is this course right for me?
This course assumes some knowledge of printmaking, although new techniques and suggestions will be demonstrated each week, and so it is not suited to complete beginners: Students should have some previous experience or understanding of screen printing, relief printing, intaglio or monoprinting, but it’s ok if you’re a little rusty. It may have been a while since you were in a printmaking studio and you need guidance and support to get back into it, but you must be comfortable following your own lines of enquiry and using the time to develop your techniques and ideas. The sessions will comprise of prompts and suggestions to explore topics, rather than strict lessons.

The course is suited to artists, printmakers or creative people who want to deepen their understanding of printmaking. You will have some confidence in your skills, but might be looking for inspiration or find you are struggling to make the time or space to dedicate to your work. You may be enrolled on another creative or artistic course and would like to use this to push that study forward.

Class size will be limited to six people so that you have plenty of space and resources to work with. This will allow for optimum tutor time and guidance as well as peer support throughout the course.

When does this course run?
The course runs every Thursday for 7 weeks; starting on Thursday 28 February 2019, the last session will be Thursday 11 April 2019. Each session begins at 09:30 and will finish by 15:00, with a short break for lunch. It is up to you how to use the day; you can leave early if you need to, work through lunch if you are on a roll, or take a lunchtime walk around the farm if you need some fresh air.

How much the does the course cost and how do I book?
The full price for the course is £560, for 7 weeks tuition and printmaking tools, materials and equipment. To book, you need to pay £140, a 25% deposit, either through our website using the ‘book now’ button below, by telephone or via bank transfer (please email before making a transfer). The course balance of £420 must be paid by Friday 18 January, six weeks before the course start date, either by bank transfer or over the phone.

Once your deposit has been received, you will be emailed the Course Overview and a copy of The Slamseys Inspiration Workbook, which you may find useful to help you prepare for the course.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the course in more detail, please contact Ruth, either by phone (07766 584840 / 01245 361400) or by email (



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