Printing in Progress | Waste Matters
A new series of short courses exploring ideas and processes to support expanded practice for returning students.
The theme this term is ‘Waste Matters’; students are invited to explore waste, rubbish, by-products, cast-offs, recycling, surplus, time, litter and more. The theme is open for you to interpret widely, using it as a jumping off point for your sketchbook. For example, you might like to reuse old printing plates or rework cast-aside prints, you could use collage or collagraph or print directly with waste materials, such as fruit and vegetables. Topics might include waste in culture, industry or at home, its impact on the environment or make do and mend trends.
Over four weeks you will encouraged to embark on and maintain a regular creative practice, refining and developing your ideas to improve your skills and make better prints using the chosen theme.
We begin by filling a concertina sketchbook with washes, drawings and marks and over the next three weeks you will focus and shift your attention to unpack the theme and expand your practice, by working and printing into the book. You can choose to combine multiple techniques or only use a couple, and throughout can experiment with the formal elements of design.
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.
WHO IS THIS PRINTMAKING COURSE FOR?
If you’ve been on one of Slamseys printmaking workshops before and want to make time for a dedicated arts practice, this course is for you. I will assume that you have some printmaking knowledge (although it’s ok if you’re a little rusty!) and it’s best suited to those who are motivated to follow their own lines of enquiry. I suggest that students have been on at least one printing course before.
Class size will be small, which means that we can recap techniques and learn new ones, and there will be plenty of support and guidance on hand
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
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, mono, 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 to fill your sketchbook in the first session.
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 five 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 and 26th 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.
£210 for four weeks
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!