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Monotypes and Monoprints | Summer Retreat

Monotypes and Monoprints | Summer Retreat

five mornings

“Monoprinting is a quick way for artists to fully explore new themes, images and ideas. This working style can be used as a proofing process, with the option of taking the image further into an edition” Jackie Newell & Dee Whittington

 Give yourself a week off to explore monoprints and monotypes, inspired by the farm and beautiful setting at Slamseys, part of the Printing in Progress series.



Over five mornings this summer you will be inspired to work mindfully and creatively, using the farm, the outdoors and nature as your inspiration. This course will encourage you to see monoprinting as a free way of working, with a focus on process and experimentation, rather than perfect finished editions.

We begin with a walk around the farm, sketching directly into a concertina sketchbook that you will use as the basis for your prints this week. During the week, you will adapt traditional printing techniques to create unique monoprints; including jelly plate printing, screen printing, intaglio and relief collagraph and painterly drypoint. We will print directly from and with foraged objects and will utilise deteriorating printing plates.

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 class is suitable for both complete beginners to printmaking and those who have been on our courses before. All new techniques will be fully explained and demonstrated for those with little or no experience, but advanced printmakers who are familiar with the techniques will be able to work independently and at your own pace. You may complete a more complex print or combine techniques. However, I will be introducing lots of new ideas, so there should be plenty of fresh approaches for you to try.

Class size will be small, which means that we can recap techniques when necessary and there will be plenty of support and guidance on hand.



Inks, tools and equipment will be provided, as well as your A5 concertina sketchbook. 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.



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 from Monday to Friday between 10:00 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.

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 once a month on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning.


10:00-13:00 (please arrive from 09:45 for a 10:00 start)


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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