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Courses & Workshops

Our courses are open to people of all ages and abilities. They are listed below and linked to our booking website, where you will also find documents with full course descriptions . Courses are bookable approximately six months in advance, so check back here for courses later in the year.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an accomplished artist we can help you to learn most methods of printmaking or develop your existing skills.

The teaching is friendly, supportive and directed towards personal development.

We promote a clean and environmentally friendly approach to printmaking aiming at all times to minimise the use of solvents and other harmful chemicals.

You’ll find more details on types of printmaking here but we are always happy to discuss the courses on offer and recommend a suitable course for you. Just get in touch.

Or if you are a printmaker with some experience, you might like to become a member.

Courses running at

Starting in May 2019

Create Your Own Chine Collé

Thursday 23rd May, 10am - 4pm

One day masterclass for practising printmakers. Chine Collé is a great way to add colour with the addition of fine coloured papers without making another block. Delicate tissue papers are used to attach to sturdier printmaking paper as the plate goes through the press. This workshop explores ways of adding colours, textures and imagery to fine paper to use in your own practice. With Lynn Bailey.

Starting in June 2019

Practical Colour Mixing for Printmakers

Thursday 6th June, 10am - 4pm

Getting to know your inks and how to achieve the results you want.
Practical exercises to build your knowledge base and confidence to mix your own colours. One day workshop for practising printmakers.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 11th June until Tuesday 9th July, 6.30 - 9.00pm

A new 5 week course on Tuesdays to enable you to develop skills in screenprinting over a period of evening sessions. Techniques on offer range from simple cut paper stencils, to highly versatile and surprisingly easy photo stencils. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Alternatives to Etching

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June, 10am - 4pm

Two Day Course: Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June.
Etching can be expensive, time consuming and rather daunting. Try out some ways of achieving the affects you would like with etching, but with affordable, non-scary and readily available materials. Prior intaglio experience required. With Lynn Bailey.

Improvers Evening Class

Thursday 13th June until Thursday 11th July, 6.30 - 9.00pm

5 Week Improvers Evening Classes – Whether you have just done a little printmaking or quite a lot – there is always more to learn.

Full Colour Multiblock Intaglio

Thursday 20th June, 10am - 4pm

Using quickly made drypoint and simple collagraph plates to explore how to develop full colour intaglio prints. One day masterclass with Lynn Bailey.

Kitchen Lithography

Saturday 22nd June, 10.00am - 4.00pm

An introduction to the principles of lithography using aluminium foil and fizzy cola. Make multiple copies of a two or three colour print – ideal for cards or just for fun.

Wet Ink on Wet Ink

Thursday 27th June, 10am - 4pm

A painterly approach to relief print with Simon Ripley.
This workshop will demonstrate an approach to lino and mdf monoprinting on Japanese papers that is typical of prints made by DEPW director Simon Ripley. Course participants will be introduced to a free and spontaneous way of making linocuts that sweep away many of the conventions of traditional relief printing. The prints are predominantly monotypes but multiples and variants can be made. We will be printing by hand onto Japanese paper and cutting into lino and MDF – which can be physically demanding.
An essential part of the process is that wet ink is printed directly on to previous layers of wet ink on the paper and so a rich patina and uneven coloured surface is produced…. “happy accidents” are key through an intuitive and generally abstract approach.

Starting in July 2019

Printmaking for the Terrified

Thursday 11th July, 10am - 4pm

A gentle workshop that allows you to gradually break down the inhibitions of the blank page. Printmaking is extra helpful for absolving you of feeling responsible for every mark you make. “Everyone’s an artist, they just don’t know it yet.” Could be a start of a whole new journey? One day workshop for beginners. With Lynn Bailey.

Screenprint Weekend

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, 10am - 4pm

Techniques on offer range from simple cut paper stencils, to highly versatile and surprisingly easy photo stencils. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Easy Printmaking - Feathers and Leaves

Thursday 18th July, 10am - 1pm

A new series of short workshops covering simple techniques. In this one, try easy to make, beautiful monoprints from natural materials. With Catherine Cartwright.

An Introduction to Wood Engraving

Saturday 27th July, 10am - 4pm

An introduction to the fine graphic skills traditionally associated with book illustration. Learn how to adapt your designs for wood engraving. Suited to those who enjoy detail and controlled cutting.

Starting in August 2019

Easy Printmaking - Paper Stencil Printmaking

Thursday 1st August, 10am - 1pm

Enjoy a quick intro to screenprinting using easy paper stencils. With George Barron.

Easy Printmaking - Inkless Printmaking

Saturday 3rd August, 10am - 1pm

Don’t want to get inky? Explore blind embossing with found textures. With Catherine Cartwright.

Easy Printmaking - Cyanotype Printing

Saturday 24th August, 10am - 1pm

Popular with photographers and printmakers alike, cyanotype is delightfully easy and effective. With George Barron.

Easy Printmaking - Drypoint on Card

Thursday 29th August, 10am - 1pm

Explore drypoint ‘etching’ on card. None of the usual squeaky excruciating sounds from scratching perspex here! Drypoint card offers an alternative way to make graphic images. With Catherine Cartwright.

Acrylic-Resist Etching Weekend

Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st September, 10am - 4pm

All the expressive mark-making typical of traditional etching without the use of harmful organic solvents.

Starting in September 2019

Printmaking 10 Week Half Day Course

Tuesday 17th September until Tuesday 26th November, 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.00 - 4.00pm

In these lively and supportive groups participants have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of fine art printmaking and develop individual projects. Suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 17th September until Tuesday 15th October, 6.30 - 9.00pm

A new 5 week course on Tuesdays to enable you to develop skills in screenprinting over a period of evening sessions. Techniques on offer range from simple cut paper stencils, to highly versatile and surprisingly easy photo stencils. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Printmaking 10 Week Day Course

Thursday 19th September until Thursday 28th November, 10am - 4pm

10 weekly sessions on Thursdays (with a Half Term break)

Immerse yourself in a full day’s printmaking. Learn about all aspects of fine art printmaking and develop individual projects. These friendly and supportive sessions will be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual.

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 19th September until Thursday 17th October, 6.30 - 9.00pm

5 Week Beginners Evening Classes – A fantastic introduction to a range of printmaking techniques. Ideal to kick-start a new interest or revisit rusty skills.

Photo Etching Day

Saturday 28th September, 10am - 4pm

Explore ways of combing photographic, digital and drawn imagery. Designs are transferred from transparencies then printed the same way as etchings. An amazing variety of possibilities without the use of acids.

Starting in October 2019

Improvers Evening Class

Tuesday 1st October until Thursday 28th November, 6.30 - 9.00pm

5 Week Improvers Evening Classes – Whether you have just done a little printmaking or quite a lot – there is always more to learn.

Lino Cut Weekend

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October, 10am - 4pm

Try out a range of relief print style possibilities from strong simple forms to sophisticated multi layered complexity. Come prepared to experiment with different methods of mark making and approaches to colour.

Monoprint Day

Saturday 19th October, 10am - 4pm

Explore drawn and painterly techniques plus the use of textures and other materials in creating unique and expressive prints.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 29th October until Tuesday 26th November, 6.30 - 9.00pm

A new 5 week course on Tuesdays to enable you to develop skills in screenprinting over a period of evening sessions. Techniques on offer range from simple cut paper stencils, to highly versatile and surprisingly easy photo stencils. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Starting in November 2019

Drypoint with Chine Collè

Saturday 23rd November, 10am - 4pm

Drypoint is a direct way of working on metal or Perspex plate which is printed “intaglio” – like an etching. The process lends itself to lively, expressive mark making, using needles, roulettes, sandpapers and power tools. Chine Collè is an interesting way to add colour.

Starting in December 2019

Collagraph Weekend

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, 10am - 4pm

An accessible and versatile print process using collaged textures. A variety of textures, paints and carborundum available. The scope for colour experimentation is endless – including the exciting viscosity printing.

Letterpress Weekend - Text into Image

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December, 10am - 4pm

Extra date added by popular demand! Come and play with basic letterpress techniques. In this two-day course you will familiarise yourself with our adana presses and some of the equipment, terms and processes used in this popular form of printmaking.

Print Your Own Christmas Giftwrap and Tags

Thursday 12th December, 10am - 4pm

A festive day for beginners to printmaking and those with some experience. Wow your family with handmade wrapping paper and gift tags in your own unique design.

Starting in January 2020

Screenprint Weekend

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January, 10am - 4pm

Techniques on offer range from simple cut paper stencils, to highly versatile and surprisingly easy photo stencils. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

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