Paper-works* Summer 2018 Printmaking
Printmaking in a morning
To coincide with Suffolk Open Studios we are running printmaking taster sessions, 2 and a half hour morning sessions to give you a quick flavour of the different techniques. Book courses individually or choose a selection to build your own printmaking course!
All day courses are from 10am to 12.30pm. No previous experience required. Tea/coffee and all materials included. £25 All bookings on our website.
Unleash your creativity, experiment with something different, develop a new skill and try one of our introductory printmaking courses! The day courses are held in our well equipped light filled first floor studio except the Drypoint course where in August we will be in the spacious upstairs gallery at the historic Fisher Theatre in Bungay.
All day courses are from 10am to 4pm. No previous experience required. Lunch and all materials included. £60. Bookings on our website except for the 25th August which are direct to the Fisher Theatre.
If your not local take a look at our accommodation page.
Paper-works* Spring 2018 Printmaking day courses
Unleash your creativity, experiment with something different, develop a new skill and try one of our introductory printmaking courses! Limited to just four students and held in our well equipped light filled first floor studio to make sure that you get the best out of your day.
All day courses are from 10am to 4pm. No previous experience required. Lunch and all materials included. £60.
Introduction to Drypoint day course
A successful and really productive day in the studio running our first introduction to Drypoint course.
Each student produced at least four drypoint plates using a mixture of drypoint plastic and drypoint card. The students executed initial exploratory mark making on the different materials using a variety of tools. These included carbide and steel tipped stylus’s, roulette wheels, halftone rakes ,sandpaper and wire wool. Learning from these tests the students went one to successfully produce prints using both drypoint plate media. Their resulting designs reflecting their own individual visual style.
The closeness of the basic drypoint technique to drawing together with the variety of additional mark making techniques resulted in a clutch of very strong images. Expectations as to what could be achieved in just 6 hours were exceeded.
Many thanks to our students for making it a great day! To join us on an upcoming course see available dates.
We have spent some time today making drypoint images using drypoint card rather than the usual clear plastic. The drypoint card we are using is sold by Intaglio Printmakers in London. It is a medium thickness dense white card with a thin plastic coating on the printing surface.
We tend to use the drypoint plastic more as we like freely drawing using a tool as one would with a pencil or charcoal. Repeated loose lines can build up on the plastic easily and can give the effect of a spontaneous drawing. However we had decided it was time to explore different techniques. We had already spent an hour or two the other day exploring marks with different tools and also blocks of ink that can be made by removing sections of the laminated card.
After doing a couple of still life drawings of household objects we began to feel a bit more at home with the material. Overall we found that we could retain a natural drawing style pretty easily on the card and we like the possibilities that the card provides that plastic doesn’t, namely the option of removing a blanket area to give a blacker inked space and the dense dark lines than can be achieved in the relatively soft card surface.
To join us on an upcoming Drypoint course see available dates.