Learn to Print

Every year Aberystwyth Printmakers aims to run series of workshops and classes covering as many different printmaking techniques as possible. In 2016 and 2017 the group ran two weeks of summer courses at our Summer Print Jamborees – a seaside festival of printmaking, talks and fun!

 

Previous workshops have included: Stone Lithography, Plate Lithography, Etching, Relief Printing, Collagraph and Drypoint. Workshops have been taught by local, national and international practitioners including Paul Croft, Judy Macklin, Gini Wade, Wuon Gean Ho, Marcelle Hanselaar, Andrew Baldwin, Brian Hindmarch and Cathy Boyle to name but just a few.

Workshops are open to members and non-members and provide an excellent means for learning new skills and techniques and opportunity to become more familiar and confident with studio practice and procedures. Workshops can be booked by contacting the organiser as advertised

Winter Workshop Programme

With help from Arts Council Wales

We are delighted to announce our Winter programme of socially distanced workshops, made financially possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales. The programme consists of twelve Taster workshops, and five 2-day Workshops.


The Taster sessions are designed for print novices, as well as more experienced printmakers who want to have fun. There will be 2 sessions of 2 hours each per each tutor and print technique. Participants can attend one session only, although we recommend taking 2 sessions which will allow more time to finish the prints. Eight sessions will be held at the new A/P studio at Brogerddan (see map below) and four will be outreach sessions held at Yr Hwb, a community space at Penparcau, Aberystwyth.

 

The five 2-day Masterclasses will be suitable for beginners as well as more experienced printmakers who wish to develop their skills. These will follow the usual 2-day format, but thanks to the ACW grant, we have lowered the usual workshop fee from £150 to £100 (for 2 days) so they will be more accessible. All the tutors are expert printmakers and experienced workshop leaders. All the Masterclasses will be held at the Aberystwyth Printmakers' new studio, which is fully wheelchair accessible. It also has excellent parking facilities.

TASTER SESSIONS

Linocut your own Christmas Card  

Stuart Evans

1 Place Remaining

Thursday December 3rd - 11am - 1pm, and 

Thursday December 10th 11am - 1pm

£10 per session (£5 concessions) 

Venue: A/P Studio, Brogerddan

Stuart Evans is an experienced printmaker and workshop leader, whose handcoloured linocuts are well known. He worked at Ceredigion Museum for many years.

 

These two two-hour sessions are for beginners who want to create a lino print Christmas Card.  We will design and make a lino block and we will print in one colour using the Albion press.
 

This course will teach you how to make prints at home with minimum equipment. 

To book contact Stuart on 01970 871 237 or email: info@stuartevans.wales

 

Introduction to Drypoint

Veronica Calarco 

4 Places Available

Saturday January 30th - 2 – 4pm, and
Tuesday February 9th  -  2 - 4pm 

£10 per session (£5 concessions)

Venue: A/P Studio, Brogerddan

Introduction to Intaglio printing through the medium of Drypoint. Veronica Calarco is an experienced teacher and artist/printmaker from Australia who is currently undertaking a Ph.D at Aberystwyth School of Art. She is bilingual in English and Welsh.
 

Drypoint is a printing technique often used with etching, which produces a rich velvety line. In this beginners’ workshop, Drypoint will be used on its own –a much simpler process than Etching. Participants will incise their drawings with drypoint instruments (provided) on Perspex and aluminium plates. They will then be printed as Intaglio prints. There will be etching classes run by Flora Mclachlan in February and March in case participants are tempted to develop their intaglio skills.

To book, please contact Veronica by email: vmcalarco@gmail.com

 

Experimental Monoprinting

Ruth Hogg

4 Places Available

February Wed 3rd and February Wed 10th
6.30 - 8.30 pm 

 

£10 per session (£5 concessions)

Venue: A/P Studio, Brogerddan

Ruth Hogg studied printmaking as an undergraduate at Aberystwyth University and is currently undertaking her Masters in Fine Art. She has recently completed a qualification in Arts Facilitation in Arts in Health with Dr. Maria Hayes and is happy to welcome all members of the community to her relaxed, friendly and fun classes. If you have a learning difficulty please let her know when booking. Get in touch for accessibility information (the studio is fully wheelchair accessible & has a disabled access toilet).
 
Over the course of two workshops you will try various Monoprinting techniques to allow you to experiment freely. I’ll demonstrate some simple tricks for great effects, we’ll use the etching printing presses and I’ll also show you how to modify techniques for working at home without a press. Bring ideas and sketches if you have them, but don’t worry if you don’t as I’ll also bring inspiration and images to copy/trace to give you some starting points. In the second session you will complete your print to take home.


Suitable for complete beginners and also those with previous experience who want to play! 


To book, please contact Ruth by email: ruth_hogg@yahoo.co.uk

 

Aluminium Etching

Flora McLachlan

1 Place Available

March Sat. 6th and March Sat. 13th
2 - 4pm 

£10 per session (£5 concessions)

Venue: A/P Studio, Brogerddan

Flora Mclachlan RE is an acclaimed printmaker, best known for her beautiful etchings.  She is currently undertaking an MA at the School of Art, Aberystwyth. She is also an experienced workshop leader.

Aluminium Etching is a simple but very effective etching technique using aluminium plates which are etched in a mixture of copper sulphate and salt, rather than ferric or nitric acid.

 

To book, please contact Flora by email: fcotting@gmail.com

 

Screen Printing

Jenny Fell

4 Places Available

February Sat. 20th & Feb Sat. 27th  2 - 4pm

£10 per session (£5 concessions)

Yr Hwb, Penparcau, Aberystwyth

Jenny Fell is a highly experienced workshop leader, as well as an excellent printmaker.
Learn how to print your design onto tee-shirts, baby grows, pillowcases etc. using a basic technique
Please note these items will not be provided. Please bring preferably white or pale - coloured items.
For all abilities. No previous experience required.

 

To book email: jennyfell57@yahoo.com

 

Collagraph

Ali Greeley

4 Places Available

March 3rd & 10th – 6.30 -8.30pm

£10 per session (£5 concessions)

Yr Hwb, Penparcau, Aberystwyth

Ali Greeley is a printmaker and musician, and an experienced workshop leader, who will teach beginners the art of Collagraph.


Is it a collage? Is it cutting out and pasting? Is it glueing? Is it having fun?
The answer is YES IT IS.
But what exactly is it?
It’s COLLAGRAPH of course.
But what is a collagraph?


It’s a printing process which provides the opportunity to produce interesting and varied images without the use of specialist tools. It’s a basic principle of RELIEF printing where materials (paper, cardboard, leaves, grit, material, wool, bottle tops, beans, rice, tape etc) are stuck to a piece of card, sealed, and then inked up and printed.
 
Kolla = GLUE   + Graph = activity of drawing.
 
You can cut out shapes and draw into these with glue and stick bits on, or work on a square or rectangle piece of card to create a landscape, still life or abstract image.  This must dry and then be coated with shellac or watered down PVA glue. Again, once dried, can be inked up and printed. Different textures result in different tones.

To book email: alisongreeley9@gmail.com

 

TWO DAY MASTERCLASSES

Relief Printing, Monoprint & Collage

Jenny Fell

January Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th 
10am – 4pm 

4 Places Available

£100

A/P Studio, Brogerddan
 

This is a very popular and exciting course that allows your imagination to run wild! For all abilities, no previous experience required. Jenny Fell is a highly experienced workshop leader, as well as an excellent printmaker. Suitable for adults only.


On this course you will learn how to cut and print lino incorporating elements of mono print and collage. Please bring a variety of papers with you for example magazines, newspaper, old maps, patterns from inside envelopes, any interesting surfaces to print from eg. leaves, bubble wrap, corrugated  cardboard etc.


Day one
Learning the techniques of cutting and printing from lino or vinyl  using simple methods which you can use at home.


Day two
Incorporating the use of collage in the printing of your lino-cut – with coloured papers, found images, printing from various surfaces to build up a variety of unique images to fill your portfolio/give as presents!


 To book, please contact Jenny by email: jennyfell57@yahoo.com

 

Copper, Soft Ground & Spitbite

Flora McLachlan RE

February Thursday 11th & Friday 12th
10am – 4pm 

Fully Booked

£100

A/P Studio, Brogerddan
 

Flora Mclachlan RE is an acclaimed printmaker, best known for her beautiful etchings.  She is currently undertaking an MA at the School of Art, Aberystwyth. She is also an experienced workshop leader.

She will teach participants the etching techniques of soft ground and spit bite which produce painterly and immediate marks, that were a revelation to Flora when she experimented with these techniques.


Fully booked. To go on reserve list, or for future workshops, please contact Flora by email: fcotting@gmail.com

 

Artists’ Books for Printmakers

Linda Davies

Thursday & Friday 25th & 26th of February

10am – 4pm 

FULLY BOOKED

£100 for 2 days

A/P Studio, Brogerddan

 

All Equipment and Materials provided. Gloves and hand sanitiser are also provided, please bring your own mask.

Linda Davies is an acclaimed printmaker, book artist and teacher, who divides her time between North Wales and New York.
 

She will introduce techniques of constructing prints into various book formats such as maze books, Turkish map fold, lotus fold, accordian and variations on a one sheet fold, as well as basic pamphlet stitch constructions and end covers. Bring along old prints, proofs, etc to experiment with. There will plenty of experimentation to transform your pre-existing prints as well as creating templates of various structures for future projects.

Fully booked. To go on reserve list, or for future workshops, please contact Linda by email: lindaviesuk@yahoo.com

 

Introduction to Stone Litho

Paul Croft RE

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd March
10am – 4pm 

FULLY BOOKED

£100 for 2 days

A/P Studio, Brogerddan

 

Gloves and hand sanitiser are provided, please bring your own mask.

During this two-day Introduction to Stone Lithography, students will have the opportunity to work with Tamarind trained Master Printer Paul Croft. Since graduating from the world-renowned Tamarind Institute in 1996, Paul Croft has worked as a collaborating printer with numerous artists and has conducted workshops at several print studios across the UK, Ireland, Belgium, China, Hong Kong and Australia. Since 1999 he has headed up the Printmaking Department at the School of Art Aberystwyth University.
 
Over the two days of this class, students will gain full working experience of preparing stones, drawing up images and processing – etching stones for printing in black and white, and wherever possible in colour using monotype. Students will have the opportunity to develop images using lithographic crayon, pen-and-ink and tusche wash and to print limited editions.
 
Since its discovery and invention in 1798 by Alois Senefelder, lithography still retains its magical and alchemical allure and is especially attractive to those artists who are interested in developing prints in a more painterly manner using this most versatile and visceral medium of graphic art.
 
Class fee includes all necessary materials and paper. Suitable for beginners and students with previous experience

 

Fully booked. To go on waiting list, or for future workshops

please contact Paul by email: puc@aber.ac.uk

 

Four Colour Reduction Linocut

Ian Phillips

March 1st & 2nd

10am – 4pm 

FULLY BOOKED

£100 for 2 days

A/P Studio, Brogerddan

Gloves and hand sanitiser are provided, please bring your own mask.

Ian Phillips has been working in Lino for over twenty five years and has a lot of experience in coaxing a wonderful print from everyone on his courses.

 

Over this two day course you can learn the process of reduction linocut printing under the guidance of a knowledgeable and sympathetic tutor.

All you have to bring are any pictures you find inspiring, a small image you would like to try producing as a linocut (about 16 cm x 23 cm) and some enthusiasm. All materials and tools will be provided.

Fully booked. To go on reserve list, or for future workshops, please contact Ian by email: ian.phillips@reliefprint.co.uk

 

Previous Workshops 

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Linocut Evening Class

Molly Brown

Thursday 21st & 28th November, Thursday 5th December 5.30pm - 8pm

£60

8 Places 

This is a fun and information packed course suitable for beginners or those with some printing experience. Participants will leave with a selection of prints and the knowledge to continue printing at home or in the workshop.

To book please email mollybrown.ink@gmail.com

Aberystwyth Printmakers, Old College

Relief printing with Japanese Vinyl

Wuon Gean-Ho

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September

£150

8 Places 

Back by popular demand, Wuon Gean will teach her repertoire of innovative relief cutting techniques on vinyl. She is currently interested in combining text with image, as well as symbolism & self -portraiture. These themes will feed in to the workshop, as well as the sheer joy of drawing and relief print.

Aberystwyth Printmakers, Old College

Introduction to Stone Lithography

Paul Croft

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd July

£150

5 Places

Invented in 1798 by Alois Senefelder, Stone Lithography – printing from blocks of limestone is considered by many artists to be the technique of printmaking that is closest in experience to that of drawing and painting. During this two-day workshop you will be introduced to basic techniques of stone preparation, drawing with lithographic crayon and tusche, etching and printing in black and white. This course is suitable both for beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills.

This course will be held at the Aberystwyth School of Art

Softground, spitbite and creeping bite aquatint

Flora McLachlan

£150

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th August

8 Places 

We will use traditional techniques to make an etching on copper. The emphasis will be on expressive painterly drawing without the etching needle!

Soft ground will be used to make crayon-like drawn marks, and watercolour-like aquatint tones will be added using spit bite and creeping bite.

Aberystwyth Printmakers, Old College

Contact fcotting@gmail.com for bookings

Collagraph Printing

Charles Shearer

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June, 2019

£150

8 Places SOLD OUT

Charles Shearer studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and at the Royal College of Art, London.  He draws and paints on location in a process he describes as ‘creative interpretation of place and experience’. He teaches numerous workshops around the UK and works on commissions for books and magazines as well as making his crisp and flowing collagraphs.
 
This two-day collagraph workshop will cover Charles’s own techniques of cutting, marking, inking and layering cardboard plates to make complex printed images.

Introduction to Printmaking

Judy Macklin

£140

Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 26th April, 2019

This course offers a comprehensive tour of relief printing methods and encourages you to develop both traditional and experimental techniques. This is an intensive course taught in the excellent facilities at the School of Art print workshop. Both linocuts and woodcuts can be practiced first in black and white and developed in colour. Course fees include some materials and concessions are available.

Introduction to Stone Lithography

PAUL CROFT

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th April, 2019

£150

6 Places

Invented in 1798 by Alois Senefelder, Stone Lithography – printing from blocks of limestone is considered by many artists to be the technique of printmaking that is closest in experience to that of drawing and painting. During this two-day workshop you will be introduced to basic techniques of stone preparation, drawing with lithographic crayon and tusche, etching and printing in black and white. This course is suitable both for beginners and those seeking to refresh their skills.

This course will be held at the Aberystwyth School of Art

4 Plate Spit Bite Etching

STEPHEN LAWLOR

£175 

Thursday 29th & Friday 30th November, 2019

6 Places

This two day workshop will comprise on day 1 of offsetting a bitten image from 1 plate to 3 other plates. Then stopping out and spit biting all four plates. On day 2 there will be proofing and altering of colours and burnishing away and adding to existing lines and aquatints. This way of working should lead participants towards a better understanding of how colours work in layers with an emphasis on approaching colour from each individual perspective.

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