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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 April 2018

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.

Wet Ink on Wet Ink

Thursday 10th May, 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.

Combining Drypoint and Monoprint

Thursday 17th May, 10am - 4pm

Responding to one of the questions she is most asked, DEPW director Lynn Bailey is offering a one-day workshop where people can discover how easy and effective it is to combine monoprints with drypoint – once you know how. Experiment with pressed plants and other textured materials to create a dialogue between the sketchy drawn qualities of drypoints with the visceral realism of this type of monoprint. Learn how to control your ink and use pressure effectively as well as creating lively drypoints and unique prints.

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.

PLYMOUTH : Intro to Printmaking Days

Saturday 19th May, 11am - 5pm

A chance to try basic print techniques from: monoprinting, collagraph, letterpress, screenprinting, litho and drypoint, as an introduction to the wonderful world of printmaking in the splendid surroundings of Royal William Yard.

Insights into Multi-Block Linocut

Thursday 24th May, 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.

Art Week Exeter - Simple Printmaking Taster

Friday 25th May, 11am- 3pm

Drop in to the studio to have a go at some basic printmaking techniques. We’ll also have some work for sale. No need to book, just come along at any time.

Art Week Exeter - Totally Totes - Print Your Own Tote Bag

Saturday 26th May, 11am - 3pm

Print your own tote bag for a small donation. We’ll also have some artwork for sale. No need to book, just come along at any time.

Art Week Exeter - AWEsome Posters

Sunday 27th May, 11am - 3pm

Print your own AWE themed poster for a small donation. We’ll also have some work for sale. No need to book, just come along at any time.

Art Week Exeter - AWEsome Printmaking Kids

Monday 28th May, 10 - 11.30am or 12 - 1.30pm

Suitable for children aged 7 – 12, come and get your fingers inky in Double Elephant’s professional artist studio. Bring a parent.

Starting in June 2018

Wet Ink on Wet Ink

Friday 1st 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.

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.

5 Week Special Day Course

Thursday 7th June until Thursday 5th July, 10am - 4pm

5 weekly sessions on Thursdays

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.

Suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists.

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.

PLYMOUTH : Intro to Printmaking Days

Saturday 16th June, 11am - 5pm

A chance to try basic print techniques from: monoprinting, collagraph, letterpress, screenprinting, litho and drypoint, as an introduction to the wonderful world of printmaking in the splendid surroundings of Royal William Yard.

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.

Extreme Printmaking Two day Course

Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Let your imagination run wild and combine a variety of innovative processes and unusual materials to create your own large print over two days with the support of tutor, Simon Ripley.

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 August 2018

Lino Cut Weekend

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August, 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.

Screenprint Weekend

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, 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 September 2018

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.

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 Day Course

Thursday 20th September until Thursday 29th 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 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.

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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