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.

 

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.

Inking up the acetate plate with oil-based inks.

PRINT WORKSHOP REVIEWS


Mandie Frost

1 day Screenprinting Workshop - June 2017


‘My friend and I spent the day with Max on the Screen printing course at the Smallprint Press. We both loved our day and were over the moon with what we actually came away with. Max helped us learn the process of Screen printing without overloading us with details that we didn’t need at this stage. She helped us go with the ideas that we had, but had lots of ideas incase we needed them. We would love to do the course again and fulfill our new bug for printing!’


Katie Ellis

1 day Screenprinting Workshop - June 2017


‘I really enjoyed our day screen printing and drove home thinking of all the things I could do 'next time.' It's definitely got me hooked, just need to fit it in with the ceramics. I can't really think of any useful feedback, other than I thought it was great!’


Yvonne Powell

2 Day Collagraph Workshop - August 2017


‘Maxine, thank you for a very enjoyable two days. I wanted to come away from the course feeling clearer about how to produce collagraphs. Not only do I feel more confident, but you also demonstrated the need to take a problem solving approach to the whole process. For me this means that the print can take on a life of its own, while still reflecting the original idea. So, exciting times ahead. Also, thank you very much for the delicious flapjacks and biscuits.’


Mandie Frost

5 week half-day basic printmaking course - January 2017


I signed up for the 5 week basic printmaking course with Max with a little trepidation ! I had never done any forms of printing before and would consider my self not artistic at all !

However, there really was no need for any concern. Max was amazing at explaining what we were doing with out making anything too complicated and did not make me feel like it was something that I was unable to do.

I looked forward to my Tuesday afternoons when I could escape and join Max in her lovely studio and allow myself the time to actually discover that maybe I had the ability to be a bit artistic after all.

I produced several pieces of work that I was more than happy with and even felt they deserve a space on my wall.

I have signed up for a screen printing course that I am looking forward to already.

I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone.


Thank you Max for reminding me that there is nothing wrong with spending time doing something you enjoy…..just because you want to ! :0)’


Christine Seager

2 Day Collagraph Workshop - August 2016


‘I spent a couple of days working intensely with Maxine in her studio. I had a specific idea of what I wanted to learn and Maxine adapted very quickly and after two days, I came away with the techniques I needed.

I now need to practice the skills I learnt and will, in due course, come back and work again with Maxine who has a lovely balance of printmaking and welcoming personal skills.  Thanks, Maxine.’


Susan Maude

Monoprint Workshop  - July 2016


‘I went to one of Maxine's first workshops in her new studio earlier this year. Although I have a printmaking MA and a fine art BA, I felt I had a poor sense of colour and how successfully to use it in my work. Maxine is an expert artist, in knowing where to deploy colour which is a distinct advantage. So her workshop seemed the perfect solution.


I took along a sketchbook of drawings made on walks through the various landscapes, and Maxine helped me to free up my ideas and experiment with them technically. She took me through the various materials required.


While you could use anything with a flat surface, we decided on flat plexiglass plates - a painterly technique which proved quite liberating. We used both oil and water-based inks, brushes, rollers, rags, hands and cotton buds, and anything pointed to work as a mark making tool.


Maxine encouraged me to use my drawing skills and work in a painterly fashion. I am still nervous of my ability as a painter, but her positive feedback gave me the confidence to at least try. We used lots of methods to create marks, including spraying, dabbing and painting solvent onto the inked plates, which can create beautiful reticulated effects.


Another technique I knew little about was direct tracing, said to have been invented by Gaugin. Maxine showed me how to ink a plate evenly, lay paper over it, then make marks on top, transferring a reverse image onto the paper.


After the session, Maxine showed me some of her own work. In this she had combined other techniques for use by a student who had become relatively confident in monoprinting. Such people would also, I've no doubt, benefit from a workshop with her.


Maxine's workshop is both friendly and very well-organised, and she is a highly competent, inventive and supportive painterly and teacher’.


Mary Petrovska

Monoprint Workshop - February 2016


‘I really enjoyed the monoprint course led by Maxine Foster.

It was a great introduction to the techniques of monoprinting.

Maxine gave us brilliant instruction, then we had a go. I found it delightfully involving, with endless possibilities opening up in my imagination! There was lots to learn and get our creative teeth into.

I really can't recommend the course and Maxine enough. I want to do it again!’




Reviews on other printmaking courses held elsewhere:


Screen Printing at Marshfield

‘The short course in screen printing was excellent. Max tailored the course to my needs and gave me the confidence to experiment with the variety of techniques she showed me.'

Charlotte Sainsbury MA student at UWE.


‘Thanks for the course on Saturday, we both had a really good time and learned a lot. The images we created we are very happy with - we’re now trying to work-out when we can next get into the studio!’.

Tom and Ingrid Chesher Bath.


‘I really enjoyed my 3 hours with Max, she tailored the course to my needs, was clear in her instruction and great fun as a tutor. The course itself was very good value and I intend to continue my studies with Max.’

Jess from Bath.


I thoroughly enjoyed my one day taster course in screen printing, it was just what I needed to give me an insight into the methods and equipment involved. With Maxine’s guidance I was able to produce several great T-shirts with only a few hours training... I will definitely be booking another follow-up lesson in the near future.’

Deborah Hampton. Wotton Under Edge.