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Printing in Progress

Printing in Progress

Starts Thursday 5 March 2020

Expanded practice for returning students to explore ideas and printmaking processes, with inbuilt guided self-assessment.



Over three weeks you will be encouraged to develop your creative practice and printmaking skills. You will develop your understanding and use of colour and utilise research, observational drawings and analysis to refine your technique and make better prints. At the start of the course you’ll be given an A5 concertina sketchbook to work into, to encourage you to record your thoughts and processes.

 You should select a theme to base your practice on, so that it forms a cohesive body of work and allows you to develop your ideas and skills. This can be anything that you are interested in and can be as broad or as narrow as you like; ideas might include lines, waste, nature, decay, urban, identity, place, time. The theme is open for you to interpret widely, using it as a jumping off point for your sketchbook.

 The first session introduces colour theory and mixing inks, so you do not need to come with any prepared materials. In the next two sessions you will design and print in whichever print mediums are most suited to your designs; you can focus on only one print method or combine multiple. There will be prompts for you to follow if you choose, but you will mostly focus on achieving the objectives that you set out for yourself at the beginning of the class.

 The course runs one morning a week for three weeks; you may find it useful to spend time in between sessions researching artists and printmakers who are relevant to your work, visiting exhibitions, preparing plates and stencils and adding to your sketchbook.

By the end of the course you will have a sketchbook of drawings, thoughts, studies and prints and plenty of ideas to inspire your printmaking practice at home or in Print Club.



This course is designed for students who have been on at least one of my workshops before and I will assume that you have some printmaking knowledge, although it’s ok if you’re a little rusty as the group size will be small and we’ll be able to recap techniques. It’s best suited to those who are motivated to follow their own lines of enquiry. Throughout there will be plenty of support and guidance on hand.



Inks, tools and equipment will be provided and you can work across any of the print media offered at Slamseys – including stencil screen printing, drypoint, carborundum, collagraph, lino, monoprint, jelly printing and block printing. You will have access to the screens, etching press and relief presses and you are welcome to bring along any additional things you would like to work with.

 We will spend the first session introducing the space and theme, filling your concertina sketchbook and discussing the directions you might want to move in. You may find it helpful to bring photographs, clippings and other reference material to work from. 



Group size is limited to 6 people, to ensure maximum space and access to equipment. The classes will be friendly and relaxed and there will be opportunities to ask questions throughout each session.

The course runs every Thursday morning for three weeks between 09:30 and 13:00, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work and the final group size. As this is a morning only course, you might find it helpful to find time to continue working on your projects at home, such as to prepare plates and stencils and develop your drawings.

Dates: 5th March, 12th March, 19th March 2020.

Tea and coffee are provided throughout the day.

After class: You might like to continue your practice at Print Club, where a friendly group of us work twice a month on a Tuesday evening or Saturday morning.

£160 for three weeks including sketchbook


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