Printmaking Workshops at the SmallPrint Press

I run printmaking workshops in a variety of processes, including screenprinting monoprinting, drypoint, linocut, collagraph. You can choose from a range of workshops from a couple of hours

to two-day courses. So whether you are a complete beginner or require something more in-depth, there is something for you. I am a practising artist and an experienced printmaker and have been

printmaking for over 10 years. I am also an executive member of the Bath Society of Artists.

All courses in screenprint, monoprint, collagraph, linocut and drypoint are available to book in advance:


One-day courses are £75, two-days £140, starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm. Half-day workshops are £40. It is advisable to bring a packed lunch although tea, coffee and homemade flapjack is supplied. If it’s a sunny day you are welcome to take a break in the pretty garden.


The workshops are for small groups (maximum 4) Commencing from Monday 6th February 2017. Discount available for group bookings - please enquire.


If you want something on a more regular basis, then there’s a 5 week course available for 2.5 hours a week that runs on a Tuesday and costs £180.


I also offer one-to-one printmaking tuition for those who wish to learn a particular print process or just want a more tailored approach. Please contact me if you would like to book a one-to-one session (£30 an hour plus materials for a minimum of 2 hours, or £200 for the day).


My workshops are designed to give you the skills to continue making prints independently and to inspire you to try new techniques.








 

Monoprint


morning - using water based inks

Learn how to work freely with simple mark-making. Start off by masking an area, inking in one colour and transferring the image onto paper by drawing on the reverse.


afternoon - using oil based inks,

inking up the plate in several colours using brushes, rollers and white spirit then by building up the image with a series of mark making and scratching detail into the plate. It will then be passed through the press transferring the image onto the pre dampened paper.

 

SmallPrint Press

 

From Tuesday 7th February 2017

Basic Printmaking Course 5 sessions £180 (2.5 hours per week)

(minimum of 2 people required to run)

Mornings 10 - 12.30 Afternoons 1.30 - 4.00 (evenings available on request)


This 5 week course offers you a unique opportunity to develop your skills in monoprint, linocut, drypoint and collagraph* using a range of interesting techniques and materials. Whether you want to explore your creative side, for personal enjoyment or produce a series of interesting prints to build up your experience. The workshops take place in a well equipped studio in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


At the end of these 5 x 2.5 hour sessions you will produce several copies in each of the 4 printing process. *Collagraph takes up 2 sessions.

Linocut


morning - You will design a simple 2 colour image using the reduction method (cutting from one piece of soft lino). Print the background (first colour) onto several sheets of A4 paper.


afternoon - You will then cut your design into the lino, ready for the 2nd colour then print on top of the background, completing the image.

Collagraph

(2 half days over 2 weeks)

(am) 10 - 12.30 or (pm) 1.30 - 4


Building up a collagraph plate then waiting for it to dry before printing can be time consuming,  So I suggest making the plate the first week then printing it the following week (same time of day).


1st half day - you will construct an A5 collagraph plate using bits and pieces - wallpaper, card, string, PVA glue, fabric etc creating  different textures and depths then leave it to dry.


2nd half day - Print several copies of the plate using oil based inks.

Further information

* Weekends available - please enquire.

* Materials supplied.

* Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

* It is advisable to bring a packed lunch for day courses. If it’s a sunny day you are welcome to take a break in the pretty garden.


Alternative dates available on request.

For further details and to book, please contact me Maxine Foster on

07703 752757 or email me at max.bleak41@gmail.com


Courses will be held in the studio, set in a beautiful Georgian period town house in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.


Buy a voucher to gift a course for a friend or relative.


Easy access by Bus and Train Routes from Bath, Bristol, London and the south coast. Collection from station by arrangement.

Drypoint - is achieved by mark making and scratching onto the surface of the plate.

Hannah inking up the acetate plate with oil-based inks.