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Open Access

A chance for returning students to use the printmaking workshop to work on personal projects.


 This informal session will begin with a quick introduction to the space before you embark on your printmaking projects. You can work across any of the media offered at Slamseys, including stencil screen printing, intaglio, lino and monoprinting. Please let me know before the start of the class what you would like to work on. I will be on hand to give you direction and support throughout the session, although there will be no set agenda for the day.



This session is for previous students to return to use the space, equipment and resources. It will also be open to members of Print Club.


  Printmaking tools, materials and equipment will be available, although there may be a charge for additional items. You should bring your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and some design ideas and reference material to work from. Please feel free to also bring along started projects, plates and materials. You can send me an email to check any requirements before/after booking.



 Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be guidance and support throughout the session. The barn will be open from 09:30 until 15:00, but you might feel that you do not want to stay for the full session. Teas and coffees are provided throughout, but you will need to bring your packed lunch if you are staying for the full day.


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