Group Printmaking Workshops – We Can Come to You….

How does it work?

working_1Take a look at the selection of workshops we offer below. Select one you fancy and then drop us an email to find a suitable time and date to arrange it. We have venues in and around Surrey and the room hire, plus a stop for refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes) will be included in the package price. We usually run our bespoke group workshops with a minimum of 6 people up to 20 (depending on the subject).

Dates and times of our courses can be tailored to fit around you with prices adapted to length of class or course and how many people you want to include. Workshops start from £20 per person, so please call for details.

Please click the link below to download our information sheet with full details on it.

Our Classes4u are suitable for:

  • Art Groups or Societies – run a regular art group or sewing club that fancies trying something different? Why not book us to come along and teach a new subject?
  • Run a gallery, shop, craft centre or arts trail? We have worked with many art centres and galleries to run workshops themed to exhibitions or just something new to satisfy your captive audience.

Example Classes

Below we have listed a selection of printing courses that you can choose from. They are divided into Introductory Workshops, Exploratory Workshop and ‘Make Something.’ We have tried to provide loads of ideas here for workshop topics, but if this seems like too much to choose, from please just email or call us instead for a friendly chat!

SECTION 1 – Introductory Printmaking Workshops

This collection of workshops will introduce various printmaking techniques. Great for beginners as the primary focus for each workshop will be learning and practicing the technique. Introductory courses work well as short 2-4 hour sessions.

1A – Exploring Monoprinting

1AIn this class we will explore the different types of marks that can be made through the technique of monoprinting. Monoprinting involves rolling ink onto a glass surface and then drawing into it in various ways to create an image. Monoprints are one-off prints, although you can re-print a lighter second print and even experiment with layering and painting further layers of ink on top.

1B – Drawing for Print

For all of you out there who don’t think drawing is your strong point, think again. This whole session will be focused around creating interesting drawings to use as subject matter for printmaking and also using printmaking as a sketching tool. The focus of this class will be to experiment and create a bank of interesting marks, shapes and drawings through a completely taught drawing class. Drawings will be made onto paper in various ways, as well as using monoprint and directly onto the printing plates. Please bring 1Calong an object or series of objects of your choice to work from.

1C – Introduction to Woodcut

Woodcut is a type of relief printing created by using a piece of wood as the block that you cut into using metal gouges. With relief printing, the material that is removed does not print, therefore making it a negative mark-making technique. Once the cuts have been made the wood block is inked up using a roller and then printed onto paper. Again printing using a woodcut can be done without a printing press. This class will be a short introduction to the technique including preparing and printing a small woodcut print.

1D – Introduction to Drypoint

1DDrypoint is one of the simplest `intaglio` methods of printmaking, and a great introduction into printing in this way. The technique involves using a metal point to scratch into the plate, creating a linear image, which can be inked up and printed. In this class we will work specifically from a photograph using two same-sized Perspex plates, to create a multi-layered print. We will use oil-based inks during this lesson and explore registration, and accurately layering two different layers to produce a final print. Please bring along a 6×4 photograph to work from.

1E – Introduction to Relief Printing Workshop

1EThis one-day workshop will explore relief printing with a press onto paper. Relief printing is a collection of negative techniques where the block e.g. wood/lino, is cut into and the area that is uncut is what prints. The final print will be a ‘mirror image’ of the original plate. We will look at some example work, show you how to prepare your image, cut the lino or wood, apply ink and most importantly get printing! Each technique will be clearly explained and demonstrated followed by plenty of time to experiment.

1F – Introduction to Wood Engraving

This workshop will provide a complete introduction to wood engraving. Wood engraving involves carving into the end-grain of a piece of wood (such as boxwood) using very fine, specialist-engraving tools. It is a form of relief printing but done on smaller, higher-quality blocks of wood and with accurate chisel-like tools. We will explain how to prepare your image, transfer it onto the wood, make marks with the different tools, create light and shade and finally print your small images. Alternative blocks will also be discussed and the technique is great for working at home in a small space.

1G1G – Learn Linocut – Introductory Printmaking Workshop

This afternoon printmaking workshop will focus learning what linocutting is and producing simple black and white prints. Linocut is a form of relief printing that uses linoleum as the printing block (a composite flooring material made from cork and linseed oil with a hessian backing). This is then cut into using v tools or gouges to create an image. It is a negative technique where the cuts that you make do not print. We will work through several printmaking exercises exploring the varying qualities of lines that can be made and which tools you need to make them.

SECTION 2 – Exploratory Workshops

A step up from the Introductory Workshops and suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, this collection of workshops will aim to develop your printmaking skills a little further. These workshops allow for a little more development of your printmaking skills through either practice exercises, a focus on subject matter or working as a team to produce a group piece of work. All these workshops can be delivered as half-day or full-day sessions or developed into a two-day in-depth masterclass for those of you really wanting time to practice your skills.

2A – Mark-Making in Linocut – Printmaking Workshop

2AThis half-day printmaking workshop will focus on mark-making for linocut printing. Linocut is a form of relief printing that uses linoleum as the printing block (a composite flooring material made from cork and linseed oil with a hessian backing). This is then cut into using v tools or gouges to create an image. It is a negative technique where the cuts that you make do not print. We will work through several printmaking exercises throughout the afternoon exploring the varying qualities of lines that can be made and which tools you need to make them. This will include a mark-making sampler. We will also explore different ways to interpret an image through relief print, cutting the block, transferring a design and also how to print by hand, with no need for a press. No previous experience of printmaking is necessary – just bring along a few ideas or images to work with and we will help you do the rest. Materials provided.

2B – Woodcut and Wood Engraving Workshop

2BThis printmaking workshop will introduce and explore the similarities and differences between woodcut and wood engraving. Woodcut involves cutting into the side plank of a piece of wood using gouges often creating bold designs. Wood engraving is much finer and involves carving into the end-grain. We will explain how to prepare images, transfer them onto the wood, make marks with the different tools and produce a selection of finished prints to take home. Both techniques are great for working at home in a small space. All materials provided and suitable for all levels.

2C – Relief Printing with a Press – Printmaking Workshop

2CThis one-day workshop will explore relief printing with a press onto paper. Relief printing is a collection of negative techniques where the block e.g. wood/lino, is cut into and the area that is uncut is what prints. The final print will be a ‘mirror image’ of the original plate. We will look at some example work, show you how to prepare your image, cut the lino or wood, apply ink and most importantly get printing! Each technique will be clearly explained and demonstrated followed by plenty of time to experiment.

2D – ‘From Photo to Print…’ – Drypoint and Monoprint One Day Workshop

2DThis workshop will focus on creating interesting prints from photographs. Techniques used will include drypoint (as an intro. to intaglio) and monoprint. Please bring along source material to work from (photos) and turn into prints. The two contrasting printmaking techniques will result in   very varied prints of the photographed subject matter, illustrating the different marks produced by the two methods. Ideal for anyone who wishes to find new ways to experiment with printmaking or learn how to use photographs in a unique way.

2E – Working With Woodcut – Big Bold Prints

With tutor Susan Yeates, this one-day printmaking workshop will teach the fundamentals of how to create your own woodcut print (a technique made famous by the German Expressionists). A woodcut print is created by cutting areas out of a wooden block to create a design, which is then inked and printed. We will look at some example work, show you how to prepare, cut the block, apply ink in various ways and most importantly get printing! After working on a small scale for the morning session we will move to working on big pieces of wood to create big bold woodcut prints! Susan will have a relief press available to produce your prints as well as hand-burnishing. All materials and hand-outs provided. Please bring along a selection of images, photos or a sketchbook to work from.

2F – Repeat Pattern – Block Printing Workshop

2FThis one day workshop will look at the way block printing (from small lino and wood blocks) can be used to create much larger patterns culminating in the creation of a larger print or hand printed wrapping paper or fabric. We will explore the different ways that repeat patterns are structured and try various combinations before producing final prints. All prints / wrapping paper will be printed by hand and the blocks can be taken home for future use. We will also bring along a selection of already carved Indian woodblocks to try out. All materials included.

2G – Colour Linocut Workshop (Reduction Technique)
An introduction to colour relief printing from lino blocks using the ‘reduction method’. This technique allows for several colours to be printed in sequence from the same block, which is progressively cut away as each colour is printed. Reduction printing is a quick and economical way of achieving complex colour prints without the need for separating out the colour elements onto several blocks. The workshop will explain preparing an image, registration, cutting the block and finally printing with or without a press. The process can easily be reproduced or continued at home once the workshop has finished. No previous experience of printmaking is necessary – just bring along a few ideas or images to work with and we will help you do the rest. Materials provided.

2H2H – Linocut Study Day – Image Interpretation and Registration

This full day workshop will enable students to really explore how to interpret images into successful linocuts. We will look at different ways to translate designs into print either as black and white images or multiple colour prints. We suggest that students bring along a selection of designs they want to work with and we can give some tailored assistance in developing those designs into prints. We will also here explore registration i.e. the way we make the multiple colours on a print line up properly. All tools and materials provided. Max 6 students for this workshop due to tailored nature of the class.

2J – Linocut Masterclass – Working With Colour Through the Reduction Technique

This full-day masterclass with printmaker Susan Yeates provides an exploration info colour relief printing from lino blocks using the ‘reduction method’. This reduction technique allows for several colours to be printed in sequence from the same block, which is progressively cut away as each colour is printed. IMG_4425Reduction printing is a quick and economical way of achieving complex colour prints without the need for separating out the colour elements onto several blocks. It also takes a little while to get your head around it and achieve successful results, so we have dedicated a full day to just this!! The workshop will start by showing example works, explaining the technique and then working on your own designs to prepare for cutting the different colours. We will look at transferring your design onto the lino and how to cut the block. Within the day we will look at registration, which is essential to make sure that all your colours lino up and we will be printing with or without a press (your choice). At the end of the day students will have completed a 2-3 colour reduction print. There is plenty of time to ask questions, get individual help and also see example works. The process of reduction printing can easily be reproduced or continued at home once the workshop has finished. Please bring along a few ideas or images to work with and we will help you to convert these into beautiful reduction prints. Materials provided including access to a relief printing press for the day. It helps if you have carried out lino printing before or been to one of Susan’s beginner workshops, but basics will be covered if you are a beginner and do fancy joining us!

2K – A Patchwork Print – Group Printmaking Workshop

2KIn this 4-hour workshop, students will create a group ‘patchwork’ print from individual elements created by themselves. Lino blocks will be used to create the individual elements to the patchwork, focusing on a subject matter of the students choice. One colour and several colour ‘patches’ will be developed. This interesting and challenging group workshop is a great way to interact with other artists, to share ideas and work as a team on this specific project. No printmaking experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Each student will be able to take away a full complete print as well as individual prints of their lino blocks.

2L – Printing from Nature

2LUsing nature as our inspiration this intensive afternoon workshop will focus on generating a series of prints from nature. Each student will be asked to bring along a collection of natural objects such as flowers, fruit, leaves etc to work from. By using basic drawing excercises, direct printing from the natural objects and finally a small woodcut print, a series of experimental and free prints will be developed. All prints will be printed without a printmaking press using a wooden spoon or similar tool and therefore work can be continued at home after the workshop ends.

2M – Images of…

In this workshop, students will focus on creating interesting and sensitive prints from location drawing and photography around a local town or venue Techniques used will include drypoint (as an introduction to intaglio) and monoprinting. After taking photographs and drawings for the morning session 10.30-12.00, the workshop will transfer to the studio to develop these images into prints. The two contrasting printmaking techniques will result in a series of varied prints of your location, illustrating the very different marks produced by the two methods. This workshop is ideal for anyone who enjoys drawing and sketching, photography or simply enjoys studying architecture, gardens and atmosphere.

SECTION 3 – Make Something

This collection of fun workshops use printmaking to produce a gift or product that you will finish during the workshops and be able to take home with you at the end.

3A – Printmaking for Greetings Cards

cards_1This workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn or practice your linocutting and make some high quality, interesting greetings cards at the same time. The workshop will focus on developing and creating a series of different designs and patterns that then can be printed or mounted onto cards. We will show you how to prepare your image, cut the block, prepare for printing and most importantly print your cards. All specialist materials provided (including cards) but we recommend you bring along some images and ideas.

Workshop can be tailored to seasonal themes such as ‘Easter Cards’ or ‘Christmas Cards’.

3B – Block Printing Onto Fabric

3FLearn how to make your own linocut block for printing onto fabric. We will show you how to transfer your design, cut out the image and finally print onto fabric.

3C – Canvas Bag Decoration

In this workshop we will create small designs for relief blocks and then print these onto canvas bags.

3D – Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags

Working with repeating pattern designs, this workshop will explore creating some handmade wrapping paper and accompanying gift tags.

3E – Jam Jar Labels

In this workshop we will use small linocut designs to make the labels and covers for jam jars.

3F – Tea towels

3EUsing block printing for fabric, we will create hand designed tea towels – great for gifts and for those of you who love the kitchen!

3G – Book Illustration

In this full day workshop we will work to illustrate a book. This can either be a single piece that illustrates a section of a book or the cover or we can work as a group to create a series of illustrations that are then put together as a whole book.

3H – Baby Quilt

In this workshop (ideal for baby showers) we look at creating individual patches that can then be sewn together to form a mini quilt for a baby.

 

To find out more or arrange a chat about your requirements please call Susan on 07930 856581, email info@magenta-sky.com or send us your requirements through our contact form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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