Summer School – Introduction to Printmaking
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 SUMMER PRINTMAKING COURSE 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.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
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.
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.
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
BOOKING CLOSES FRIDAY 26 JULY
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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!