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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.

Starting in October 2017

Kitchen Lithography

Saturday 21st October, 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.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 31st October until Tuesday 28th 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 2017

Improvers Evening Class

Thursday 2nd November until Thursday 30th 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.

Letterpress Your Christmas Cards

Saturday 11th November, 10.00am - 4.00pm

A Festive Special!

Learn the basics of letterpress to create bespoke Christmas cards on this one day course.

Starting in January 2018

Printmaking 10 Week Half Day Course

Tuesday 9th January until Tuesday 20th 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.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 9th January until Tuesday 6th February, 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.

An Introduction to Printmaking - Beginners

Thursday 11th January until Thursday 8th 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 11th January until Thursday 22nd 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.

Screenprint Weekend

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th 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.

Monoprint Day

Saturday 27th January, 10am - 4pm

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

Starting in February 2018

Acrylic-Resist Etching Weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February, 10am - 4pm

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

Wet Ink on Wet Ink

Thursday 15th February, 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.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 20th February until Tuesday 20th March, 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.

Improvers Evening Class

Thursday 22nd February until Thursday 22nd March, 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.

Drypoint with Chine Collé Day

Saturday 24th February, 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. The use of Chine Collé adds an exciting dynamic to drypoint prints and skills learnt can also be applied to other intaglio print processes.

Starting in March 2018

Lino Cut Weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March, 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.

An Introduction to Wood Engraving

Saturday 24th March, 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 April 2018

Intro to Printmaking Day

Thursday 5th April, 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.

Kitchen Lithography

Saturday 21st April, 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.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 24th April until Tuesday 22nd May, 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 Half Day Course

Tuesday 24th April until Tuesday 3rd July, 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 26th April until Thursday 24th May, 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 26th April until Thursday 5th July, 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.

Starting in May 2018

Introduction to Screenprinting Day

Saturday 5th May, 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 19th and Sunday 20th 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 2018

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 5th June until Tuesday 3rd 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.

Improvers Evening Class

Thursday 7th June until Thursday 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.

Photo Etching Weekend

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, 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.

Insights into Multi-Block Linocut

Saturday 23rd June, 10am-4pm

Explore transparent layering using the off-set key-block linocut technique in this one-day workshop. DEPW director Jeremy Speck’s artwork ranges from graphic imagery inspired by the German Expressionists through to geometric abstracts, where colours and shapes are overlaid to achieve a balanced composition. This one-day workshop with Jeremy is suitable for anyone keen to develop their linocutting skills, looking to add colour and depth to their images. An excellent opportunity to discover just how effective transparent layering can be and take your lino cuts into another direction.

Starting in July 2018

Letterpress Weekend - Text into Image

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July, 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.

Silk Aquatint Weekend

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

Silk Aquatint (also referred to as Silk Mezzotint) is an inexpensive technique related to collagraph that can be used to create very painterly intaglio prints.

Starting in September 2018

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 18th September until Tuesday 16th 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 Half Day Course

Tuesday 18th September until Tuesday 27th 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 20th September until Tuesday 16th 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 20th September until Saturday 29th 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.

Starting in October 2018

Young Printmakers

Monday 1st October until Monday 12th November, 5-7.30pm

A 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.

Screen Print Evening Classes - Beginners/ Improvers

Tuesday 30th October until Tuesday 27th 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 2018

Improvers Evening Class

Thursday 1st November until Thursday 29th 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.

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