Delve into Print

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Delve into print

Learn the fundamentals of printmaking and develop your skills to be able to be experiment with complex and interesting printing techniques.

The workshop is hands-on, creative and very informative. It is suitable for complete beginners; everything is explained clearly with demonstrations. Lots of support and advice is given throughout. There will be plenty of individual tuition time.

4 week print course, 6-9pm starting on DATES ON HOLD DUE TO COVID. Please get in touch to express an interest.

Cost

£190

Includes all materials to produce a variety of prints (up to 5 per workshop)

Week 1

Block and Lino cut

The workshop begins with an introduction to lino cut; you will be taught how to use the carving tools and cutting techniques to explore and experiment with mark making. You will then work on a design to create your own lino block. (students are encouraged to come prepared with a simple design/ image to use in the workshop although there is plenty of inspiration to hand). You will be shown how to ink your lino block and how to burnish prints by hand. You will take home a set of lino block printed cards and envelopes, and a print on high grade print paper.

Week 2

Screen Printing

Screen print – a quick explanation

Screen printing is best thought of as a print process that uses stencils to build up an image. The stencil is attached to the screen, a fine nylon mesh attached to a frame. The image is printed by a squeegee at pressure across the screen, pushing ink through the fine mesh in the ‘open’ areas of the stencil onto paper, fabric, or any flat surface.

We use photographic stencil techniques rather than hand cut paper stencils. Both drawings and photographs can be printed using this technique. Students will need to prepare some imagery in advance of the course (we will advice in Week 1 on artwork preparation).

There are different ways of making stencils, traditionally using cut paper. The modern process of stencil making involves coating the screen with a light sensitive paste which uses a process similar to darkroom photography to expose the image onto the screen. This type of stencil allows greater detail than paper stencils, and enables drawings, photographic images and text to be screen-printed. For each colour you intend to print there needs to be a separate stencil. The printed image is built up using layers.

At the end of the workshop you will have produced several prints, using at least two colours.

Week 3

Dry Point

In this workshop you will make a dry point plate by working different mark making tools into plastic, before experimenting with inking and wiping methods to create unique prints.

Drypoint is a great starting point for learning the basics of Intaglio printmaking as it is one of the most direct methods and doesn’t require specialist materials, chemicals and complicated processes. At the end of the session you will have acquired the skills to make Drypoint plates at home and be inspired to keep on printing.

Week 4

Photo Etching

Photo etching is a specialist printing technic offering hands on experience etching copper plates coated with photo-emulsion. The positive is exposed as a half tone, which may further be combined with traditional hard and soft ground etching. The course focuses on a combination of digital imaging software, UV exposing and traditional etching. You will be guided through Adobe Photoshop, to output and expose A5 digital positives.

Participants will leave the course knowing how to apply the method of transferring photocopied imagery onto etching plates and will have the chance to create and print their own plates.

About the tutor

Leon is a friendly and encouraging teacher, he is multiple award winning, master fine art practitioner and has exhibited and worked with many major art institutions and galleries all around Europe.

What experience do I need?

This course is suitable for complete beginners or people who have done some printmaking before but want a refresher. You don’t need to have any previous experience as the tutor will guide you through each process in a step-by-step way. All the processes lend themselves well to simple image making using pattern as well as representational images so don’t be put off if you don’t feel confident with drawing.

 

COVID SAFETY INFORMATION

Workshop Social Distancing

  • MAX of 4 people on the course
  • Face coverings
  • Sanitise hands when you walk in the building
  • Tables, chairs and high use areas will be sanitised between before and after workshops
  • You must NOT attend the workshop if you feel ill or have been asked to isolate.
  • Please bring your own drink and snacks
  • Specific safety instructions will be discussed at the beginning of each workshop

Cancellation policy

  • If you start the course but can’t complete it due to isolating we will book you on to other sessions.
  • If you have paid for the course but aren’t able to attend the first workshop you will have the option of booking a later course or a full refund.