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Courses & Workshops

Our courses are open to people of all ages and abilities.

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 2016

DEPW in Plymouth: Collagraph Weekend

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May, 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.

Starting in June 2016

Improvers Evening Class

Tuesday 7th June until Tuesday 5th 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.

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 9th June until Thursday 7th July, 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.

Relief Print Weekend

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

Lino cut offers a range of 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. The use of other materials such as card and wood can also be explored.

Starting in July 2016

Masterclass in Wood Engraving with Hilary Paynter

Saturday 2nd July, 10am - 4pm

We are delighted to welcome Hilary Paynter to Double Elephant for this one-off special event.

A unique opportunity to learn in-depth about this finely detailed technique. Hilary has been engraving for over 50 years and has prints in collections across the world.

Introduction to Screenprinting Day

Saturday 16th July, 10am - 4pm

A useful introduction to screenprint using simple cut paper stencils and translucent colours. Photo stencils also available. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Collagraph Weekend

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, 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.

Starting in August 2016

Screen to Screen - Photoshop to Screenprint

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

Double Elephant has teamed up with Phoenix Digital for this two day course. Learn how to scan and prepare your artwork, and manipulate it in Adobe Photoshop, before screenprinting your digitally prepared acetates on a range of different items from Posters to T-Shirts, using water based inks.

Monoprint Day

Saturday 27th August, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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

Starting in September 2016

Letterpress Weekend

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, 10am - 4pm

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.

Acrylic-Resist Etching Weekend

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, 10am - 4pm

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

Young Printmakers

Monday 19th September until Monday 31st October, 5-7.30pm

A brand new six-week course for 14-18 year olds!

A fun way to learn in detail a range of printing processes and make images that will build on your understanding of art and develop your technical skills. This will be a fun and friendly small group where we look at monoprints, collagraph, drypoint, screen print and more, catering for individual ideas, aims and projects.

Improvers Evening Class

Tuesday 20th September until Tuesday 18th October, 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.

Printmaking 10 Week Half Day Course

Tuesday 20th September until Tuesday 29th 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.

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 22nd September until Thursday 20th 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.

Printmaking 10 Week Day Course

Thursday 22nd September until Thursday 1st December, 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.

Drypoint Day

Saturday 24th September, 10am - 4pm

A direct way of working on metal or Perspex plate. The process lends itself to lively, expressive mark making, using needles, roulettes, sandpapers and power tools.

Starting in October 2016

Photo Etching Weekend

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October, 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.

Introduction to Screenprinting Day

Saturday 22nd October, 10am - 4pm

A useful introduction to screenprint using simple cut paper stencils and translucent colours. Photo stencils also available. Water based inks are quick drying and a pleasure to use.

Starting in November 2016

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 3rd November until Thursday 1st December, 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.

Relief Print Weekend

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November, 10am - 4pm

Lino cut offers a range of 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. The use of other materials such as card and wood can also be explored.

Kitchen Lithography

Saturday 26th November, 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.

Starting in December 2016

Screenprint Weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, 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.

Starting in January 2017

Improvers Evening Class

Tuesday 10th January until Tuesday 14th February, 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.

Printmaking 10 Week Half Day Course

Tuesday 10th January until Tuesday 28th March, 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.

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 12th January until Tuesday 14th February, 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.

Printmaking 10 Week Day Course

Thursday 12th January until Thursday 30th March, 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.

Printmaking Taster Day

Saturday 14th January, 10am - 4pm

Fancy getting creative but don’t know where to start? This introductory day will give you a taste of what printmaking has to offer and the confidence to develop your interest further.

Screen to Screen - Photoshop to Screenprint

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January, 10am - 4pm

Double Elephant has teamed up with Phoenix Digital for this two day course. Learn how to scan and prepare your artwork, and manipulate it in Adobe Photoshop, before screenprinting your digitally prepared acetates on a range of different items from Posters to T-Shirts, using water based inks.

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