EVENING COURSES

SUNDAY COURSES

All take place over two or four Sundays 10am - 4pm

Our evening courses are suitable for all levels and take place over two evenings from 6.30-8.30pm.

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CYANOTYPE

2 evenings, Tuesdays 6.30-8.30, April 20th & 27th (£50)

Cyanotype is an alternative photography technique that produces a vivid Prussian blue print. The same process used to historically make blueprints! The process allows you to make photographic image from either found objects or from digitally prepared negatives. In this evening course you will learn to make cyanotypes from both found objects and from digitally prepared images. Suitable for beginners. 

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MONOPRINTING

2 evenings, Tuesdays 6.30-8.30, May 4th & 11th (£50)

Monoprinting is a fantastic technique for those wishing to learn the principles of how to print. It produces a unique image that is drawn and wiped by hand and allows for beautifully fluid and expressive marks. You will learn three different approaches to this fascinating technique, in step by step tuition on how to get started. You will complete both single colour and multi-colour images. Suitable for beginners.

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DRYPOINT ETCHING

2 evenings, Tuesdays 6.30-8.30, May 18th & 25th (£50)

Drypoint is literally drawing with a dry point, scratching lines that hold ink into the perspex sheet. This will make a plate that allows you to reproduce an image over and over again. It is etching without acid. A lovely introduction to drawing with line in printmaking and making a short run edition of prints. Suitable for beginners.

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LETTERPRESS BLOCK DESIGN

2 evenings, Tuesdays 6.30-8.30, June 1st & 8th (£50)

Letterpress printing is a relief printing technique that was a commercial process for all printed material before the introduction of lithography late in the 18th century. In this course you will learn how to use a commercial 19th century Vandercook press to print both from our collection of letterpress 'blocks' and will design, carve and print your own designs. Suitable for beginners.

All our courses are suitable for beginners or can be tailored to experienced printmakers wanting to improve their skills. Gain hands on experience creating your own prints with guidance from a highly skilled printmaker.

PRINTMAKING COURSES

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AQUATINT ETCHING

2 days, Sundays 10-4, May 23rd & 30th (£100)

Aquatint is a way to add tone and depth to an image on an etching plate. In this course you will learn how to prepare either copper or zinc plates for etching in ferric chloride. You will learn how to complete linear work in hard ground etching and add tones and depth through the aquatint process using a rosin aquatint box. Suitable for beginners or intermediate.

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COLLAGRAPH PRINTING

2 days, Sundays 10-4, May 9th & 16th (£100)

Collagraph is a fascinating technique that allows a deep exploration of textures and effects. You will learn to print in the historic intaglio technique but using collaged materials rather than copper plates and acid! In the course you will learn to make an intaglio/relief plate from found objects that will create an incredibly detailed and lusciously textured image. Suitable for beginners and intermediate. Prints made on Bewick Wilson etching press.

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HARD GROUND ON COPPER PLATE ETCHING

2 days, Sundays 10-4, April 25th & May 2nd (£100)

In this course you will print a small edition from polished copper plates. Hard ground etching is a historic intaglio process used by many iconic artists to create images from drawn line work. Hard ground is a traditional etching technique in which a hard wax coating is rolled over a copper plate, which you then scratch into using tools which reveals the metal. Etched in acid, it bites lines into the plate which hold ink that can be repeatedly printed on paper. Suitable for beginners. This course uses ferric chloride acid, prints made on Bewick Wilson etching press.

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LINO PRINTING

4 days, date to be confirmed. 10 week course available below!

A relief printing technique, meaning that the ink is rolled onto the surface of a sheet of lino before printing. You carve away areas you don't want to print into each layer and design the image to be printed in 3 or 4 colours. A beautifully direct and simple technique that is an excellent introduction to printmaking. Suitable for beginners.

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GUMOIL

2 days, date to be confirmed (£100)

An alternative photography technique that allows digital photographs or imagery to be printed by hand. It produces an aged look that is primarily in one colour but two colour toning will be part of the course. Suitable for beginners with little experience of photography.

LONG COURSES

In-depth courses designed for you to build a well-rounded knowledge of a technique. One morning or afternoon per week for ten weeks.

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LITHOGRAPHY

Friday mornings, 10-12.30, April 23rd til June 25th (£199)

Lithography is a commercial print process that has developed from its origins of printing from slabs of limestone in the late 18th century to photographic lithography that is used commercially to this day.

In this course you will learn to draw and paint directly onto slabs of limestone and print your image as a small edition. This is a technique much used by celebrated artists such as Picasso, Miro, Lautrec amongst many others. The course will cover preparation of the litho stone, designing and making an image with lithographic materials, chemistry of stone lithography and how to edition. You will also be introduced to lithographic printing from zinc plates and photographic plates during the course to reinforce the enduring beauty of this fine art technique.

Suitable for beginners and intermediate, will require good physical health to prepare stones and operate press.

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ETCHING

Available in Summer term, July 2nd (£199). Or day courses  in hard ground and aquatint available above.

In this course you will learn how to produce etchings in various techniques, ranging from drypoint etching on perspex sheets to full aquatint printing on copper plates. The course aims to provide a thorough grounding in etching, from its use in producing linear works through drypoint and hard ground etching, you will the explore effects of soft ground etching and will learn how to use aquatint etching techniques to create depth and tone in your images. You will complete several small editions during this introduction to a fascinating technique. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

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RELIEF PRINTING

Friday afternoons,  1.30-4,  April 23rd til June 25th (£199)

In this introduction to relief printing you will cover lino printing a design and printing in up to four colours, woodcut printing and letterpress block designs. The course aims to develop a thorough understanding of relief printing, which is a technique that prints from the surface of the printing plate. You will explore how to create effects in mark-making and how to control use of colour in overprinted layers. You will produce two small editions during the course and will additionally produce a letterpress logo design that can be printed as a stationary letterhead. Suitable for beginners.

THURSDAY DROP-IN SESSIONS

Open access for course attendees and associate members with limited technical support, 6-8.30pm, £10 per session.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

All our courses are taught by Steve Clarkson, an experienced printmaker and teacher. Steve has published technical articles in Printmaking Today and Art Review and is the current chair of the Frome Printmakers group.

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BOOK YOUR SPOT

To book a class, call Steve on 07816924357

or email him at steve_clarkson@talk21.com.

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WOODCUT

2 days, Sundays 10-4, June 6th & 13th (£100)

Woodcut is a relief printing technique which involves gouging images into the surface of a block of wood. The process is similar to linocut except there is an added wood grain texture. Create big bold images up to A1 size. Find inspiration in German expressionist woodcuts!

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