Repeat Pattern Blocks with Lino
Learn how to design a repeating pattern to create an all-over pattern block in soft-cut lino.
The session begins with an introduction to repeating patterns and the tools we’ll be using, before you start working on a small practice block. This will help you understand the process and will inform the design that you make after this. After a short break, we’ll begin work on a larger 10cm square block of lino, which we will spend the rest of the morning cutting. After lunch you will have time to experiment with printing the block, trying different colours and papers. This is a great way to make wrapping paper and your design can also be scanned into the computer to be printed digitally.
YOU WILL LEAVE WITH
You will leave with: Papers filled with your prints and your 10cmx10cm lino block that you can continue to print with at home, as well as the skills to continue designing and printing with lino at home.
WHO IS THIS PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP FOR?
Beginners to printmaking and those with a little experience. Those who are familiar with lino printing will be able to create finer or more complex designs, but we will start by recapping the process for those with no experience or anyone who is a little rusty.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
All printmaking tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Please bring along your sketchbook, basic drawing materials and any special reference material that you would like to work from. You do not need to come with a final design in mind, but having one or two ideas to start from is useful. Some sketches, inspirational books or photographs are good spring board.
Group size is limited to 6 people to give you plenty of space to work in 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; the simpler your design, the quicker you will finish.
Tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake is included each day. Please bring along your own packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).
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!