Workshops/Classes

Essex Print Studio hosts workshops and classes in a range of printmaking techniques. We invite practicing, professional printmakers to design and run some exciting and interesting classes at our studio in Margaretting.

Our workshops and classes are designed to appeal to everyone from interested beginners to professional artists wishing to extend their practice. We update the list regularly so keep checking for new classes.

Kitchen Litho Weekend

11.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2024

Standard Tickets £220 per person

Tutor: Caroline Whitehead

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Kitchen litho is a great introduction to the amazing world of lithography. On this fun weekend course we’ll learn how to make lithographic prints using kitchen foil, cola and readily available (and inexpensive) drawing materials. It’s also a very portable technique – small prints are easy to print without a press. With a bit of practice, it’s possible to make surprisingly sophisticated and subtle prints — and also achieve surprisingly long print runs — using everyday ingredients.Who is the course for?This course is suitable for people who enjoy drawing and mark-marking. Some printmaking experience will be useful, but it’s not required.MaterialsAll materials will be provided and students will receive a set of notes about the process.

We suggest that you bring along a packed lunch.

Suitable for beginners and those who have some experience

Introduction to Linocut Workshop

Saturday 8th June 2024

10.00am – 1.00pm

Tickets: £60

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This 3 hour hands-on workshop is designed for complete beginners. You will be guided through the process of designing, carving and printing your own Lino block.

To begin with you will learn how to use the carving tools and the basic cutting techniques. An initial practice block is made which allows you to experiment with mark-making and will help you get used to the tools quickly.

You may wish to bring some of your own images to work from, however plenty of inspiration will be at hand to help you decide. You will be shown how to develop your image for printing and the process of transferring it on to the Lino block ready to print. You will be shown how to ink your Lino block and how to burnish prints by hand. By the end of the workshop you will have a small edition of your own prints and the knowledge and skills to continue your Lino printing journey at home.

All equipment and materials are provided. Please bring your own apron or old clothes to work in.

LIFE DRAWING

SECOND WEDNESDAYS ! Second Wednesday of the month 6pm – 8pm

NEXT CLASSES – Weds 12th June; Weds 10th July; Weds 14th August; Weds 11th September

Tickets £12 per person

Tutor: Untutored
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Untutored Life Drawing sessions at Essex Print Studio.

We’ll be changing models frequently so you have a chance to draw directly from clothed and unclothed models; male and female models; and we even have a few surprises up our sleeves such as Mum and baby models and even two models together !

We’ll begin the class with some short poses to get us loosened up and move onto longer poses after that.

Please bring along your own preferred materials to use. We will have some materials and paper available for you to buy if you need to and we have a couple of large easels and plenty of smaller boards / clip boards you can use.

REDUCTION LINOCUT WORKSHOP

Saturday 15th June 2024

10.00am – 4.00pm

Tickets: £100

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This is a 6 hour hands-on course where you will learn how to carve and print a multi-coloured linocut by hand. You will be guided through the process of designing, carving and printing your own series of reduction prints.

In this workshop you will learn how to carve and print a 2 to 3 colour linocut print by hand. This 6 hour hands-on workshop is designed for those who have completed the introduction to linocut workshop. You will be guided through the process of designing, carving and printing your own reduction print. You will learn how to create, carve and print your own 2 to 3 colour reduction linocut during this one-day course.

In reduction lino the design is produced from one single lino block, layering up the colour each time the lino block is cut. It is an interesting and challenging technique to learn and by the end of the session there will be little left of your lino block.

By the end of the workshop you will have a small edition of your own colourful prints and the knowledge and skills to continue your lino printing journey at home. You may wish to bring some of your own images to work from, however plenty of inspiration will be at hand to help you decide.

All equipment and materials are provided. Please bring your own apron or old clothes to work in.

INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING

Saturday 22nd July 2023 & Sunday 23rd July 2023

10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Tutor: Anna Alcock & Isabella Alcock-Reeve

The perfect health and wellbeing retreat – immerse yourself in printmaking while surrounded by nature.

Explore printmaking over two days in the beautiful Essex countryside with Inky Cuttlefish artists Anna Alcock and Isabella Alcock-Reeve. Course fees include all materials plus light refreshments. You will need to bring lunch for each day – we will sit outside and enjoy the fresh farm air!

Processes you will cover will include relief printing (multiple block woodcut and linocut), intaglio (collograph and etching) and screenprinting (paper and photographic processes).

This is a great way to get creative and focus on your health and wellbeing. At the end of the session you will have a small edition of prints from each process. Perfect for beginners and more experienced printmakers. Be surrounded by nature and other creatives.

Mokulito Printing

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2024

11am – 4pm both days

Standard Tickets: £220 per person

Tutor: Caroline Whitehead

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Mokulito is a form of lithography which relies on the fact that oil and water do not mix, and is a great technique for anyone who enjoys drawing and experimenting with different kinds of mark-making. Unlike in traditional lithography, which uses a stone or metal plate, for Mokulito, the image is drawn on a plywood plate. Because wood is an organic substance, the image changes slightly each time the plate is printed, meaning that editions are small and variable. As the printing session progresses, the grain of the wood gradually becomes more dominant, often producing the evocative veils of colour that are so characteristic of this technique. A particular advantage of using wood as the printing matrix is the possibility of combining mokulito with woodcut, which can be used to produce contrasting sharp lines and textures. This one day workshop will teach you how to draw, process and print one or two mokulito plates

All materials will be provided but we suggest that you bring along a packed lunch.

Suitable for beginners.

Pop Art Screen Printing

COMING SOON …….

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £95 per person

Tutor: Julieta Hernandez Adame & David Vassie
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Learn to screen print using simple techniques of hand painting onto the screens, cut and torn paper stencils, and the layering of bold with transparent colours. while creating a bold, colourful poster inspired by Pop artist Corita Kent.
Kent incorporated advertising slogans and song lyrics, as well as biblical verses and quotes from literature, to create vibrant screen prints.
On this one day workshop you will learn and experiment with these simple techniques which are all easy to achieve at home with the minimum of equipment. Through experimenting and playing you will create your own poster to take home.
Corita Kent advised her students never to start a project with a content-driven idea, but to focus first on shapes and colours or whatever visually interests them, which then – in the process of engagement – would naturally produce content.
Suitable for complete beginners and those who want to explore fun, analogue screen printing techniques.
Bring images that can inform your design, or could even be collaged into it. Wear something you wouldn’t mind staining, the process is not messy but art materials have their ways to get into places!

All materials provided.



‘NOT THE CORONATION’ exhibition

OPEN WEEKEND – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May

11am – 5pm both days

Everyone Welcome – FREE ENTRY

An exhibition of artworks by Essex based artists who respond to the theme ‘The Coronation’ with ‘an alternative take on the Pomp, Ceremony, History, Propaganda & Media Coverage’

Expect printmaking, painting, 3d / sculptural work, Ai generated art, screen prints, sound based work, and much more ….. there will be as many types or artwork as there are artists involved in the exhibition ! The exhibition will have a twist and will showcase an alternative, and sometimes irreverent, view on the Coronation of King Charles III.

Exhibition continues until 28th May with various events running alongside.

On Saturday 20th we will have 2 x 1 hour ‘Screen printing Taster Sessions’ – starting at 11am and 2pm. See other listing to book your place

ARTIST TALK with JUNIOR TOMLIN: ‘Flyer & Cover Art’

Wednesday 14th June 2023

12.00 – 1.00pm

Tickets: £10

Speaker: Junior Tomlin
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Junior Tomlin is renowned for his stunning flyer and record cover art, mostly produced during the golden era of rave culture. Junior’s visionary work combines influences from sci-fi, surrealism, fantasy, futurism and comics. The result is a collection of artwork that defined an era and earned him the title ‘The Salvador Dali of Rave’.

He worked with a range of seminal rave promoters from 1989 onwards including Telepathy, Dreamscape, Slammin’ Vinyl, One Nation, Dream Odyssey and Ravealation, plus a wide variety of influential labels, such as Kickin’ Records, React, ZTT and Mute. Junior was also a colourist on a variety of famous comic titles including Judge Dredd and Action Man, working for Marvel, Panini, Titian, 2000AD and John Brown Publishing.

In this talk and presentation, Junior will talk about his AI generated art and his book Flyer & Cover Art (Velocity Press), showcasing some of the most iconic rave flyers and record covers of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Limited places available so book soon.

EPIC POETS SOCIETY – SPOKEN WORD & POETRY MEETUP

Sunday 8th October 2023

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Tickets: FREE EVENT

Poets: AP Staunton; Robert Ford; Simon Zec; ‘Niallistic’; Gloria Maloney; Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Join us for a FREE Sunday afternoon Spoken Word & Poetry Meetup with the ‘Epic Poets Society’ – a changing rosta of poets including Robert Ford, AP Staunton, Gloria Maloney, Serena Malcolm, Kelli-Marie Sellwood, Carmel Olivia-Jane Nazareth,

If you would like to read a piece yourself you will be welcome to do so. If you prefer to listen and watch the poets reading and performing their work you are also welcome to do this.

Our meetup is a friendly, safe and supportive space to gather with like minded creatives; join in and have a go at reading your own poetry; or simply enjoy the afternoon listening to some amazing contemporary poetry and spoken word. We ask that you respect all other guests and performers.

There will be refreshments available.

This event is FREE to attend but places are limited so book soon.

Linocut Christmas Card Workshop

Saturday 28th October 2023

10am – 1pm

Standard Tickets: £60

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art

This 3 hour hands-on workshop is designed for complete beginners. You will be guided through the process of designing, carving and printing your own Lino block onto cards.

To begin with you will learn how to use the carving tools and the basic cutting techniques. An initial practice block is made which allows you to experiment with mark-making and will help you get used to the tools quickly.

You may wish to bring some of your own images to work from, however plenty Christmas inspiration will be at hand to help you decide. You will be shown how to develop your image for printing and the process of transferring it on to the Lino block ready to print. You will be shown how to ink your Lino block and how to burnish prints by hand. By the end of the workshop you will have a small edition of your own personal Christmas Cards, designed and printed by you! You will take home your lino block and the knowledge and skills to continue your Lino printing journey at home.

All tools and materials are provided including carving tools, soft cut lino, drawing equipment, inks, rollers, paper and cards. Please bring your own apron

Children’s After School Art Club

Tuesdays

4.30pm – 6pm

Tickets: See www.weebothyart.com for full details, dates and pricing

Each session will cost £16 with each half term paid in advance.

Term dates 2023 – 2024

5th September to 20th October (5 weeks £80) *no classes 3rd Oct/10th Oct

31st October to 5th December (6 weeks £96)

9th January to 13th February (6 weeks £96)

27th February to 26th March (5 weeks £80)

16th April to 21st May (6 weeks £96)

4th June to 9th July (6 weeks £96)

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Sessions will be fun, engaging and educational.

The classes will be well rounded and cover a wide variety of mediums and techniques to broaden the children’s skill base and understanding. The children will be taken through the stages of art making from the conception of an idea to the completion of a project.

Places are limited to 10 students to allow for plenty of individual tuition time.

All equipment and materials are provided. Please bring your own apron or old clothes to work in.

About the Tutor

Eleanor is a qualified and experienced art teacher who has been teaching Art for 30 years. She has a BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design from Glasgow School of Art. She has fully enhanced DBS clearance

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INTRODUCTION TO SCREENPRINTING

Sunday 3rd December

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £95 per person

Tutor: Julieta & David of Pixel Press
Venue: Essex Print Studio

On this one day Introduction to Screen Printing workshop we will introduce you to several different techniques to produce your own silk screen prints.

You will learn, and experiment with simple, freehand drawing/ painting techniques, combined with pre-cut stencils, to create layered screen prints.

Suitable for printmakers of all levels, we strongly encourage beginners to join in as a playful first step into silkscreen.

Wear something you wouldn’t mind staining; the process is not messy but ink has mysterious ways to get into places! Bring a packed lunch and snacks for sustenance.

All materials provided.


Introduction to Linocut Workshop

Saturday 6th April 2024

10.00am – 1.00pm

Tickets: £60

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This 3 hour hands-on workshop is designed for complete beginners. You will be guided through the process of designing, carving and printing your own Lino block.

To begin with you will learn how to use the carving tools and the basic cutting techniques. An initial practice block is made which allows you to experiment with mark-making and will help you get used to the tools quickly.

You may wish to bring some of your own images to work from, however plenty of inspiration will be at hand to help you decide. You will be shown how to develop your image for printing and the process of transferring it on to the Lino block ready to print. You will be shown how to ink your Lino block and how to burnish prints by hand. By the end of the workshop you will have a small edition of your own prints and the knowledge and skills to continue your Lino printing journey at home.

All equipment and materials are provided. Please bring your own apron or old clothes to work in.

Introduction to Screen Printing on Fabric

Saturday 13th AND Sunday 14th April 2024

10am – 3pm both days

Tickets £250 for the full weekend

Tutor: Eleanor Mulinder of Wee Bothy Art

Venue: Essex Print Studio

This Introduction to Screen Printing Workshop is a 2 day course, designed to teach you all the fundamentals of screen printing onto fabric. You will be creating a two colour print.​

In this workshop you will learn how to expose and print a 2 colour screen print onto fabric. Over the course of the 2 days, you will be guided through the process of preparing your own art work by hand using pens, inks etc, coating and exposing your designs onto the screens, colour mixing, registering and screen printing your own 2 colour design onto fabric.​

By the end of the workshop you will have a small edition of your own 2 colour screen prints on calico, natural cotton and natural linen and have gained the knowledge and skills to continue your screen printing journey at home.

All materials and equipment are provided. 

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