Printing in Progress | Summer Retreat
A new series of short courses exploring ideas and processes to support expanded practice for returning students.
A walk around Slamseys Farm will provide the inspiration for this term's summer retreat...
Over five days you will be encouraged to embark on and maintain a regular creative practice, refining and developing your ideas to improve your skills and make better prints based on your journey around the farm.
We begin by filling a concertina sketchbook with a light wash and then taking a walk around the farm where you will make sketches, forage and collect objects and take photographs. During the rest of the week 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 full 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.
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.
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, visiting several sites on the farm to find inspiration and discussing the directions you might want to move in.
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 over a Monday to Friday in August (dates TBC) 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. 2020 dates will be confirmed.
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.
£275 for one week
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!