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EVENING COURSES

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Our evening courses are suitable for all levels including total beginners. They take place over two evenings from 6.30-8.30pm.

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CYANOTYPE

2 Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm, Nov 23rd & 30th (£50)

Cyanotype is an alternative photography technique that produces a vivid Prussian blue print. You will create prints by placing photo negatives or found objects onto paper coated with cyanotype solution. Once exposed with UV light, this will create a beautiful cyan blue print. You will also learn how to tone the prints to make different shades of blue. Fun fact: cyanotype was originally used to make blueprints! 

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MONOPRINTING

2 Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm, Oct 12th & 19th (£50)

Monoprinting is a great technique for beginners 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 technique and complete both single colour and multi-colour images. 

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LINO BLOCK & LETTERPRESS BLOCK PRINTING

2 Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm, Nov 2nd & 9th (£50)

Letterpress printing is a relief printing technique. It 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  from our collection of letterpress blocks, as well as carve your own design into a lino block.

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HARD GROUND ON COPPER PLATE ETCHING

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Hard ground is a traditional etching technique where a hard wax coating is rolled over a copper plate, which you then scratch into using tools which reveal the metal. It is then etched in ferric chloride acid, biting lines into the plate which hold ink. The plate can be repeatedly printed on paper using our Bewick Wilson etching press. You will print a small edition from polished copper plates.

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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.

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PRINTMAKING COURSES

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DRYPOINT ETCHING

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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 multiple times. Perfect for beginners to printmaking who are interested in line drawings. It is basically etching without acid! Make a small edition of prints using our Bewick Wilson etching press.

SUNDAY COURSES

Our Sunday courses are suitable for all skill levels including total beginners. They take place over two Sundays 10am - 4pm.

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COLLAGRAPH PRINTING

2 Sundays 10-4, Nov 28th & December 5th (£100)

Collagraph allows a deep exploration of textures and effects. In the course you will learn to make an intaglio/relief plate from found objects. These plates can then be printed on our Bewick Wilson etching press to create an edition of detailed and lusciously textured images. 

WOODCUT

2 Sundays 10-4, Oct 17th & 24th (£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 on our Harrild & Sons relief printing press from 1905.

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ZINC PLATE LITHOGRAPHY

2 Sundays 10-4, Nov 7th & 14th (£100)

You will learn how to draw and paint onto a zinc lithographic plate and process it to produce an edition in two colours. It has the same beauty and effects as on stone but without the need to grind or carry stones around!

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AQUATINT ETCHING

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Aquatint is a way to add tone and depth to an image on an etching plate. Learn how to prepare copper or zinc plates for etching in ferric chloride. Create linear work in hard ground etching then add tone and depth through the aquatint process using a rosin aquatint box. Print your own edition using our Bewick Wilson press.

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LINO CUT PRINTING

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A relief printing technique where 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 a particularly excellent introduction to printmaking. 

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GUMOIL

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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. 

LONG COURSES

Our in-depth courses are designed for you to build a well-rounded knowledge of a technique. Suitable for all skill levels including total beginners. They run every Friday for ten weeks.

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LITHOGRAPHY

10 Fridays 1.30-4pm, Oct 8th - Dec 10th (£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. 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

10 Fridays 10.30am-12.30, Oct 8 - Dec 10th (£199)

Learn how to produce etchings in various techniques, ranging from drypoint etching on perspex sheets to full aquatint printing on copper plates. Create linear works through drypoint and hard ground etching, add tone and depth using aquatint etching techniques, and explore the textural effects of soft ground etching. You will complete several small editions. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

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RELIEF PRINTING

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Covers lino printing in up to four colours, woodcut printing and letterpress block design. 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 and intermediate.

THURSDAY DROP-IN SESSIONS

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

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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

For enquiries & bookings,

call Steve on 07816924357

or email him at steve_clarkson@talk21.com.