an experimental approach

Experimental Printmaking Courses

For many years I have worked as an artist with groups of people in different community settings. One thing this has taught me is that whatever our situation, age or ability, humans are creative beings. We need opportunities to engage with the world, to try new things and test ideas out. This kind of creative activity works best with companions to encourage us and celebrate unexpected results. The process is fun, challenging and life enhancing. Providing people with the chance to do this is why I love teaching.

I particularly love teaching experimental printmaking because it incudes so many elements as well as ‘art’. In one day you may find you are an engineer adjusting the press, a chemist mixing ink, a philosopher exploring meaning, or a scavenger collecting materials, as well as many other aspects of yourself yet to be discovered!

So these courses are not just about gaining skills, although you will do that, but also about creative problem solving and developing a curious attitude that will keep your own work original, continuing to sustain you long after the course is over.

I have been running printmaking courses for small groups in my studio near York for over 10 years. I love introducing beginners to printmaking, and also encouraging more experienced printmakers to experiment with new techniques.

This is a chance for you to enjoy time in a working studio with all the smells (mmm linseed oil….), specialist equipment, space to make a mess, and general buzz of creative chat. All the materials you need are included, as well as drinks and biscuits.

The idea is to provide time out from your everyday life for some focused creativity with technical support and direction to suit your needs.

I havent programmed any more courses for 2021, however if you have a group of 3 or 4 people and would like to do a course in my studio please get in touch. Please add your name to the courses mailing list for priority information about the courses programme for 2022.

Workshops with groups

I am often asked to run workshops for groups as part of an exhibition or educational programme. This is a great way of getting more people involved in printmaking. I bring a portable press and all the materials needed; for many people this is their first go at making prints with a press.

Please get in touch if you  are interested in a workshop.

See what students are saying

Read student’s reviews and see a gallery of work made on short printmaking courses in my studio