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Beginners Letterpress

Beginners Letterpress

one day

Try out letterpress using the vintage Adana 8x5 presses to print using wood and metal type as well as vintage and polymer printing blocks.



We begin with an introduction to the process of letterpress and a chance for you to print using the vintage picture blocks. Then, in pairs you will form your makeready, switching between polymer plates on the chase base and wood and metal type which we will be printing for the rest of the session.

You will leave with …  prints on paper featuring your words and phrases.



This workshop is aimed at beginners to letterpress printing and those with an interest in printmaking. Letterpress is great for printing cards and short poems and the type will look great on papers you have already used for printmaking and art projects. 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. You should come prepared with a phrase no more than 25 characters long to print. You might also like to bring additional papers to print on – monoprinted textural backgrounds can be very striking, or you might like to use text to enhance an old screen print or linocut. Please bear in mind that the Adanas are small presses and their print size is limited.



Group size is limited to only 4 people and you will be working two people to one press, making a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Please arrive at the barn from 09:30 for a cup of coffee and introductions. We will aim to start by 09:45 and finish between 15:00 and 15:30, as times will vary depending on the speed at which you work.


Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2013, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping adult learners discover new processes and create artwork. I make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions! 

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 discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head. It has been a total success! Ruth is a very experienced tutor, there is flexibility and equipment and inks are freely available. 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 printmaking process. With Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, you will get a great deal out of the class, even with no prior knowledge of printing. Everything associated with Slamseys 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