STUDIO COURSESLearn printmaking in my studio
I will be planning a new course programme for 2022 later this year. This is a bit later than usual as we are waiting for information about a new building project in the garden…. Please add your name to the mailing list and I will send you an email as soon as the dates are fixed.
The courses listed below are just to give you an idea of the sort of things that will be happening next year. I am always open to suggestions and requests, so please let me know if you have any particular interests.
Inking collagraph plates
Do you spend ages making textured collagraph plates only to be disappointed with the printed results? This could be the course for you!
We will begin by creating plates with a range of textures, using both ‘found’ materials and hand made textures. Sealing the plates has a big effect on how well they print so you will understand the different options for filling and sealing the surface, before getting to grips with the best ways of inking them to enhance the depth and all the details.
Mono printing from nature
Enjoy collecting moss, seeds, leaves and feathers, and creating beautiful detailed and layered prints from them. The technique we use includes elements of viscosity printing and can also be transferred to work with fabric and other textures
All the basics of collagraphs and more. This lovely printmaking technique can be approached in so many different ways, we will experiment with a range of materials including cement, glues, carborundum and found materials.
This flexible course is suitable for those wishing to develop their current collagraph work and the exact content will be planned around your needs.
The three days are designed to give you an inspiring break and lift your creative spirits!
From inspiration to finished print
Sometimes when you feel a bit stuck or just try too hard, your images can become stilted or cliched. On this course you will discover ways of working that enable you to create freely and make spontaneous prints which express your own unique style.
We will work together as a group to explore the whole process of design from first inspiration to a finished print.
All the processes we use during the two days can be transferred to other print projects, so after the course you can continue to use the ideas with a variety of different starting points and continue to make lively satisfying prints.
Printmaking with nature
This course is a celebration of nature, offering you a chance to explore ways of printing directly from natural objects, as well as constructing collagraph plates from natural materials.
We will be working with nature, according to the time of year and what we find around us, some of the source materials we will use include; seaweed, leaves, feathers, mushrooms, seed-pods and moss….
Our finished plates will explore natural form and structure, everybody will create a series of unique prints using a variety of inking techniques.
Shadows and light in collagraph prints
We will explore designing and building plates to ensure they contain strong highlights, deep shadows, and everything in between. Planning and controlling tone in your design at the plate building stage makes it easier to produce interesting prints with depth and perspective. Printing the plates in different ways will give you feedback on the methods you have used, and set you up to continue with your own work after the course is over.
You will get the hang of the science behind this wonderful inking technique.
Experiment with viscosity inking on textured collagraph plates to add depth to your prints and produce many layers of colour with just one pass through the press. As we are using viscosity printing with texture this is a little more involved than the viscosity mono printing course. This two day course allows time for designing and making plates specifically for viscosity printing, as well as the option of using your previously made plates.
Viscosity mono printing
The viscosity method produces infinite variations on multi coloured prints. This day is a freewheeling adventure into the world of colour. Mono printing is a great way into understanding how the viscosity method works; the handout explains it, but this doesn’t always explain the surprising results!
The plate is only 50% of the finished print, the rest is down to how you ink and print it. On this course you will make a sample plate, feel free to bring some of your own plates as well; and then discover how many different prints you can get from a single plate.
We will use intaglio, relief, viscosity, masking, overprinting, offset printing and more…..
Your questions answered
If the information here does not answer all your questions please contact me
How much is it, and how do I book a place?
Courses cost £80 per person per day.
Please go to the shop to book a place. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
The fee includes unlimited paper, ink, drinks and biscuits as well as illustrated course handouts.
All materials and equipment, including two etching presses, and specialist large rollers are provided.
Everybody makes several plates and a collection of at least 10 prints to take home.
You may want to bring your own apron, but I have some here, as well as plastic gloves.
The only thing you need to remember to bring is a packed lunch!
Where is The Studio, and what's it like?
The studio is at Copmanthorpe, just off the A64, about 4 miles south of York in North Yorkshire (YO23 3TG). This is on a bus route, (13 and 840 from York Station) and there is plenty of parking on site.
The studio (3m x 9m) is in the 1-acre garden. It has lots of windows and a wood burning stove so it is very cosy when it’s cold outside. Two presses (Rollaco and Hawthorn) mean there is rarely a queue.
Out side space
French doors open onto a hard area with another big table and chairs so there is plenty of room to work outside when the weather is sunny.
The workshop attached to the studio has an exhibition wall so we can see all our work developing, this way of sharing and viewing work has proved very popular with students.
It also has a seating area, small library of printmaking books and, of course, drinks and biscuits.
At present the toilet is a 50m walk (in the house) and is up 2 shallow steps.
What time do courses start and finish?
Courses run from 10.00am till 4.pm.
If you are booking a course for a small group we can arrange times to suit you.
Is it the right level for me?
All courses are suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
You don’t need to be able to draw, or have any particular art experience. In fact several students have come along to accompany a ‘creative’ friend or partner and discovered that they are really quite creative themselves.
If you already have experience of printmaking, the methods and techniques you learn on these short courses will add to your practice, and inspire new avenues of creativity. If you are a beginner I hope the courses will get you hooked on printmaking!
You don’t need to prepare anything before the course, we get all our ideas as we go. However if you want to bring a sketchbook or something you are already working on that is great.
What if I can’t make a course I have booked?
Please give me as much notice as possible if you can’t come on a booked course. We will try to arrange an alternative date if we can, otherwise you can transfer your booking to next year, or have a refund of your payment minus 10% admin fee.
If for any reason I need to cancel a course will I give a full refund or re-arrange a new date to suit.
Can I arrange extra dates?
Yes. If you can’t make any of the programmed dates, just gather a group of 3 or 4 people together and we can fix a date that suits. Choose from any of the advertised courses or we can devise one especially for your particular group.
How will corona virus affect courses?
I want everybody to feel confident and safe, with no fear of catching or giving the virus. At the same time I think we need to balance this with the sense of group working and interaction, which makes the experience of coming on a course here such fun. The inspiration and encouragement we can give each other feels even more precious now.
We are lucky to have plenty of room for flexibility here, and I have re-arranged the space to enable us to spread out more than usual. As there are various places to work I hope these changes will help everybody feel confident about working safely and sociably.
- One press moved in to the workshop adjoining the studio, with a table for working at.
- Also a press in the studio with all the usual benches and tables.
- Open doors at both ends of the building mean air flows through (best to bring a fleece as it can be breezy!)
- A big table and chairs outside to spread out in the workshop, for group discussions, and eat lunch if the weather is fine.
- Hand wash gel, surface cleaner and wipes are provided in the loo, studio and drink making area, and wherever else needed.
- I am asking everybody to bring a mask for times when we need to work more closely together.
- Drinks etc; Make your own drinks with everything provided here, or bring your own if you prefer. You won’t miss out on biscuits but these will be pre wrapped things like kit-kats! Bring your own packed lunch as usual.