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Print to the People: Courses!!

1 Sep

There are still spaces available on the Autumn course programme at Print to the People!

We are ready to launch new equipment and processes and have been working over the summer to ensure that we can cater for all printmaking needs!

There are available spaces for RISOGRAPH, DRYPOINT, REPEAT PATTERN, ETCHING, MONPRINT, COLLAGRAPH, LINO CUT, CYANOTYPE, SCREEN PRINTING AND A DIY CHRISTMAS CARD PRINT SPECIAL!!

 

Check out the full course info here:

http://www.printtothepeople.com/courses

Some SCREEN PRINT, LINO and LETTERPRESS courses are fully booked or have limited availability but you can always contact us about our OPEN ACCESS facilities via the following emails:

mail@printtothepeople.com 

General enquiries / Screen printing open access

courses@printtothepeople.com  

Courses enquiries and bookings

intaglio@printtothepeople.com 

Intaglio enquiries / Intaglio open access

 

 

 

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Another printmaking course!

15 Aug

There is now a Level 2 NCFE course open for enrolment with adult education / Norfolk Community Learning Services at Wensum Lodge, Norwich!

This is an accredited course in Creative Arts: Printmaking and will give the opportunity to develop design and research skills related to different print techniques. You will sample monoprint, lino cut, collagraph, drypoint and etching and will work towards an edition of prints in your preferred method!

It is a year long course and will be taking place from the 27th of September on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 – 9.30pm, plus it’s only £392!!

For more information you can email me at slippersandhats@hotmail.com, or check out the course info here:

https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/AvailableCoursesList.Asp?ID1=,%20&ID2=?

I’ve been busy!

20 May

I have been really slack at updating my blog lately, but just wanted to show what I have been doing so far this year, on top of teaching and planning new and exciting things at Print to the People (watch this space! http://printtothepeople.com/home)

I have been working on four new etchings, two of which will be on show at this years Norfolk Show. I am working on two copper etchings that will accompany ‘Aidan’s Studio’, these are of closer studies of his workshop and are a combination of hard and soft ground etching techniques. I’ve also just finished two zinc etchings that are part of a new ongoing series of work based on old photos of family in Ireland in the 1930s.

‘A Grand Day Out’ and ‘A Grand Day Out #2’  are now available to buy:£70 mounted, £90 framed – i’ll put them in my portfolio and will also try to get my Etsy shop going again…

 

Printmaking Courses: Summer Term!

11 Mar

Enrolments are now under way for next term at Wensum Lodge, Norwich! Sign up now for a 12 week beginners course, either to develop lino cut and multiple block techniques, sample different methods including monoprint, lino and collagraph or try your hand at intaglio printing such as drypoint and etching!

MONDAYS:

Lino Printing Beginners 10am – 12pm (Single block, reduction and multiple block)

Printmaking for Beginners 2 – 4pm (Monoprint, Lino cut, Drypoint)

Intaglio for beginners 6 – 8pm (Drypoint and etching)

 

Also available next term are two 15 week Level 1 NCFE Certificate awards (also appropriate for beginners):

WEDNESDAYS:

Intaglio Printmaking 9am – 1pm   (Collagraph, drypoint, etching)

THURSDAYS:

Printmaking (general) – 9am – 1pm (Monoprint, Lino Cut, Drypoint +)

 

The courses have gone really well this term and I’ve had great feedback from learners such as:

“Great fun!”

“Very happy with the support from tutor and fellow learners!”

“Brilliant course! The time seems to go too quick!”

 

Here is the link for the Norfolk County Council website:

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/adult_education/index.htm

If you type in ‘Print’ all the courses available should come up… also have a read of the course information to check it’s for you or you can always message me directly on here!

 

Proofing with Progress!

12 Mar

I currently have Wednesdays free to get some of my own artwork done and i’m really enjoying the chance to spend a whole day developing new ideas and working on different projects! I’m still trying to get down to the John Jarrold Printing Museum on Wednesday mornings and am beginning to get my head around type setting!

Below are some pics of a poem I have been setting up… as you’ll see there are some ‘u’s and ‘n’s in the wrong places, this could be because someone put the ‘sorts’ in the wrong place, or more likely I was struggling to read upside down and back to front!

At the workshop, I also took a proof of ‘Grandma’ to see if the soft ground shows when printed. I taught a session on Monday with the intaglio beginners group using a new batch of soft ground solution (copper sulphate) but have resolved that the mix was a tad too weak so I will be testing this again tomorrow to ensure I get better results for the learners. When etching a hard ground the copper sulphate or acid needs to be stronger so that the lines are etched down into the plate and hold enough ink to print a clear line.  There needs to be a weaker solution for soft ground as it can dissolve and break down too quickly, especially if a texture has been used to remove a lot of surface area. However, I do need to make the solution slightly stronger because as you can see by the print below, after 6 minutes it is still quite a light etch. (There are several factors such as time, room temperature, solution, plate type and ground that can affect this!)

I am pleased with how this etching has printed so far, particularly some of the free lines, but I want to draw into it more and work into the background to give it more depth…

I also proofed and actually started editioning the ‘rocker’ print as part of the tools of the trade project! It’s a mixture of etching, mezzotint, collagraph and as it turned out, a bit of chine colle! I had a really clear idea of how this might work in my head and i’m really excited about the result as I’ve been meaning to try combining methods in this way and think it will work really well in future work!

Thanks for reading, L

Printmaking: Tools of the Trade

26 Feb

I’ve started working on a new series of work based around the idea of ‘Tools and of Trade’ and an artist’s ‘organised mess’… The main reason for this change in ‘theme’ is that I’ve been trying to pin point what it is about printmaking that I really enjoy and at the end of the day it’s mainly the processes involved. Some processes such as etching and particularly mezzotint are pretty long winded and understandably some people are put off by the lengths you have to go to come up with a final product.  In my opinion, although I do try to balance my practice with quicker methods such as monoprint and lino cut, I am keen to promote the skills and dare I say crafts that can be produced by hand using both traditional and contemporary methods.

Below are some quick monoprints that I played around with last week to get some ideas going… Some of these will be available to buy as they are and some of them will be mixed with either drypoint or etching…

This monoprint session also re-established my love for blue and gold ink…

This week I have carried on with my blue theme to do some more tree monoprints that will be overprinted with an etching.  I blogged previously when I first did this but decided to do a few more as they have had quite a good reception from the learners at Wensum Lodge!

Watch this space…will blog later on to show my new mezzotint under way!

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PRINTMAKING COURSES – JANUARY 2015!! SIGN UP NOW!!!

20 Nov

There are two leisure courses in printmaking starting up again at Wensum Lodge ( King Street, Norwich ) from the 5th of January 2015! This includes the new course ‘INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS’ which started up this term and has been a great success (see images below of some of the prints produced!)

LINK (Just type PRINTMAKING into the key word search and check how many places are left)

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Adult_education/index.htm

You can enrol online or by calling this number 0344 800 8020

INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS!

Focussing on engraving and etching techniques, this course offers the opportunity to develop your drawing skills in to print.  You will be using drypoint tools to engrave rhenalon and aluminium and also shown various techniques using environmentally friendly methods of printing.  Not only this, you can also try both hard ground and soft ground etching on zinc – a more complicated process but with professional and saleable results!

The course takes place on Monday evenings between 6 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks! This course filled up quickly last time so make sure you enrol soon! (It could even be a great Christmas present?!)

PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS (INTERMEDIATE)!

An opportunity to try four different printmaking methods including monoprint, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint, this course is a great introduction to various techniques and processes.  It is perfect for both complete beginners as well as those who already have some experience!  You can take advantage of the facilities and develop your own style and way of working with the support of the tutor (me) and others in the group!

The course takes place on Tuesday afternoons between 3 and 5 pm and also runs for 11 weeks! Make sure you sign up as there are some regulars who come back every term so places fill up super quick!

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Thanks for reading! Please share with any one who may be interested!

L