Workshops/Classes

Essex Print Studio hosts workshops and classes in a range of printmaking techniques. We invite practising, professional printmakers to design and run some exciting and interesting classes at Hippo Screenprinters’ studio in Margaretting. We are also working with some alternative venues in Essex in which to hold a selection of our classes in order to expand our possibilities.

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. EPS members receive a 10% discount on the published price (click on the 'members' instead of 'book' button).

PRINTMAKING FROM THE LIFE MODEL

FIRST WEDNESDAYS ! Every month, first Wednesday of the month 6pm – 8pm

NEXT CLASS – WEDS 1st JULY 2020

Tickets £25 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

WEDS 1st July will be creating Monotypes !

‘Life Drawing with a twist’ ! Working directly from the life model, and exploring a different printmaking technique each month, you will create painterly monoprints which capture form, texture and atmosphere.

Working in this way will free up your drawing technique, allow you to discover textures and accidental mark-making which you can utilise in your drawing, and. at the same time, you can experiment with a variety of printmaking methods which can be practised at home with a minimum of equipment.

For the next class we will be working with oil based inks rolled out onto a plate, worked into with rags, cotton buds, scrapers etc, drawn into and transferred onto paper.  Classes coming up will explore mono-screenprinting; lino cutting and printing; and drypoint etching, all whilst working directly from the life model.

All materials provided.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Etching Without Acid

POSTPONED – 

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £75 per person

Tutor: Julieta Hernandez Adame 
Venue: Essex Print Studio

In this class we will introduce you to a safer and more environmentally friendly etching process, using common materials available to everyone and some classic alternatives too.

You will learn how to prepare a zinc plate with an acrylic ground, draw your design into the ground, and then etch it using a copper sulphate solution which etches without producing toxic fumes and so is a contribution to a cleaner environment.

We will also show you how to ink and print your plate and you’ll go home with a small edition of prints.

Please be aware that although this technique is much safer than acid etching, some of the materials used can be harmful if used without a mask or gloves (These items will be available on the day). Not suitable for children or pregnant women. We will also be using white spirit for cleaning up so please let us know at the beginning of the class that you are ok with this.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

All materials provided.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

CUT:FOLD:TUCK:PRESS – non traditional Book Structures

POSTPONED

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print Studio

CUT:FOLD:TUCK:PRESS – non traditional Book Structures

Learn to make books structures that can present images : information : concepts : designs : 

This workshop will explore the making of creative book structures that can be adapted for current and future projects. There will be three projects to work on during the day which will concentrate on developing the attendees measuring, cutting, folding and making skills. 

This workshop is for enthusiastic image-makers of all levels from beginners to more experienced creatives.

A choice of plain and decorative papers will be available. You may want to personalise your books (covers, pages and content) so please bring papers that are printed with your own artwork. These should be 100 -125 gram papers, which are inkjet, laser printed or printed by etching or letterpress etc methods. Another option is to bring good quality wrapping papers that can be purchased at most paper suppliers. 

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Pop Art Screen Printing

Saturday 4th July 2020

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £80 per person

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

Learn to screen print while creating a bold, colourful, Typographic poster inspired by Pop artist Corita Kent.
Corita Kent was a contemporary of Andy Warhol, and also a Nun, who created joyful, subversive and sometimes controversial ‘Pop Art’ screen prints which revolutionised typographic design, challenged the Roman Catholic Church and carried political messages about racism, poverty and injustice. 
Kent created her prints using simple techniques of hand painting onto the screens, cut and torn paper stencils, and the layering of bold with transparent colours.
On this one day workshop you will learn and experiment with these simple techniques which are all easy to acheive at home with the minimum of equipment.Through experimenting and playing you will create your own inspirational, political, or even controversial, poster to take home !

Suitable for complete beginners and those who want to explore fun, analogue screen printing techniques !

All materials provided.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.



Monotype Screenprinting

Saturday 8th August 2020

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £75 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This class is designed for complete beginners or as a fun refresher for those with some experience of screenprinting. The class will introduce you to several different techniques to produce painterly Monotypes & Monoprints using Silkscreen Printing frames.

You will experiment with painting and drawing directly onto the screen, and handpainting with drawing fluid and screen block to create a stencil on the screen, before pulling a series of one-off, painterly prints.

All the methods used are easily transferable to continuing your work and creating more unique prints at home, with the minimum of equipment.

Come prepared to experiment and play and leave technology behind for a few hours ! You are welcome to bring images, sketchbooks or printouts to use as inspiration if you would like to.

All bookings are final and we are not able to issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances

If you would like to book with a group of 4 or 5 people contact us directly for a discount ! 


ETCHED & CUT LINO WEEKEND

Sat & Sun 10th & 11th October 2020

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Ticket £185 per person

Tutor: Steve Edwards
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This exciting weekend workshop is suitable for those who are already familiar with lino cutting techniques and who want to add a new dimension to their practice. Over the 2 days you will create an A4 lino print using 2 or 3 lino blocks and combining both cut and etched marks. This will involve learning how to etch the lino block using a solution of caustic soda. You will learn how to register your multiple lino blocks so that they print over each other.

You will need to have an idea of your image to bring with you and it should involve some textural background areas and other, strongly defined elements.

Your tutor for the weekend will be Steve Edwards, Artist & Printmaker, who is a member of East London Printmakers; Greenwich Printmakers; and the Printmakers Council. You can see some of his work, including his beautiful views of London and other landscapes, which utilise the etched lino technique, here http://steveedwardsart.com/ For more inspiration have a look at our Facebook page to see some of the beautiful prints created on our previous weekend workshops – https://www.facebook.com/essexprintstudio/

All materials will be provided but you might like to bring along a packed lunch

This class is limited to a maximum of 6 people. All bookings are final and we are unable to issue refunds except in exceptional circumstances

WASHI: Japanese Style Papermaking

Sunday 18th October 2020

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Cut, Fold, Tuck, Press: learn to make books structures that can present i

WASHI: Japanese Style Papermaking

We welcome back Papermaker and Book Artist Mandy Brannan to Essex Print Studio to host this fascinating workshop.

Kozo is the most common of the Japanese Style (washi) papermaking fibers. It comes from the inner bark of (Paper Mulberry) tree which is harvested annually. This fiber is strong and very long enabling the creation of thin, strong slightly translucent sheets of handmade papers.

This workshop will introduce you to the history of this traditional process. Attendees will learn how to prepare the fibres, which will be followed by sheet formation, pigmentation and decorative techniques resulting in both plain and decorative sheets.

We will have lots of items available to purchase on the day so that you can go away ready and equipped to make your own paper at home. There will be deckles, samples for making paper pulp and everything else that you might need.

All materials provided.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

‘Bright & Shiny’ – Experimental Papermaking

Sunday 8th November 2020

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print StudioS

Experimental Papermaking for Printmakers

We welcome back Papermaker and Book Artist Mandy Brannan to Essex Print Studio to host this fascinating workshop. With a nod towards Christmas Mandy will introduce you to a selection of different techniques using a fusion of traditional Western and Japanese styles of paper sheet production. You will be able to experiment with  iridescent pigmentation (hence the ‘Bright & Shiny’ !); recycled pulps and you can even throw a handful of Christmas tree needles into the mix! You can take away your beautiful sheets of hand-made paper and use them for printing on or for making lovely, unique Christmas cards.

We will have lots of items available to purchase on the day so that you can go away ready and equipped to make your own paper at home. There will be deckles, samples for making paper pulp and everything else that you might need.

All materials provided. This class is limited to 6 places.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Mandala Making

Saturday 15th February 2020

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £35 per person

Tutor: Hannah Geddes
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This 3 hour Mandala Making class will show you how to create your own Mandala, including the materials needed, getting started, techniques, terminology, three methods of creating the Mandala structure and the step by step method to draw centres, layers, outers and fillers.

The word Mandala can be translated to mean circle, centre or infinity and are used in a variety of religions and cultures across the world. Mandalas are and ancient art form made to create beautiful pieces of art as part of spiritual practices to aid with meditation, concentration and contemplation.

The class will be peaceful, calming and relaxing and each student will leave with a hand drawn Mandala. Once you learn the steps in class you will be able to experiment with new designs when drawing your Mandalas at home.

No previous experience or materials are needed as everything will be included in the class.

Resin Art Workshop

Saturday 22nd February 2020

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £140 per person

Tutor: Ian Bailey
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Resin Art is a brand new addition to our workshop offering at Essex Print Studio. This workshop offers an opportunity for beginners looking to explore using epoxy resin to create beautiful abstract pieces of art and to learn all the techniques required to continue creating your own Resin Art pieces at home.

During the day you will work with non-toxic and odourless, epoxy art resin, learning how to measure, mix and pour the resin and apply it to MDF panels. By the end of the day you will have produced three pieces of artwork which we will post on to you, free of charge, when they are thoroughly dry.

Workshop price includes everything you need to create three pieces of artwork on the day. Please wear clothes which you are happy to get messy !

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience

Photo Screen Printing Weekend

Sat 29th Feb & Sun 1st March 2020

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £180 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This weekend course introduces you to photo screen printing where an image is exposed onto a silkscreen coated with a photo-sensitive emulsion. This allows a huge array of mark-making, textures and imagery, both hand-drawn and photographic, to be used to create a stencil on the screen.

Over the weekend you will experiment with various materials to create suitable hand drawn and painted designs onto clear film, and to combine these with a photographic image, to print a two layer screen print. You will learn how to coat and expose your image onto the screen, mixing the inks and registration techniques which enable you to print a small edition of your prints to take home.

Students will need to prepare some imagery in advance of the course and information on what to prepare will be sent out in good time before the class date.

All bookings are final and we are not able to issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances

If you would like to book with a group of 4 or 5 people contact us directly for a discount !

Kitchen Litho Improvers

Saturday 14th March 2020

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £75 per person

Tutor: Caroline Whitehead

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Kitchen Litho 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, Kitchen Litho has been developed and adapted to use only everyday items which everyone has in their kitchen !

‘Kitchen Litho Improvers’ is designed for those who have tried this fascinating technique before and those who attended our previous ‘Kitchen Litho Beginners’ class. Caroline will demonstrate more adventurous techniques and an effective way to register multiple plates for colour printing. Students will then use these techniques to create their own prints and small artist’s books under Caroline’s guidance.

If you want to book both dates please email us directly for a discount. Both classes booked together will be £135. Email website@essexprintstudio.co.uk

We will be printing our Litho prints using the excellent ‘Xcut Xpress’ portable die cutting machine, which is a very affordable way of making great prints at home.

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

All ticket sales are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for those who have some experience

CYANOTYPE TASTER

POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC

11.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Factory Press
Venue: Essex Print Studio

We are excited to welcome Liz from Factory Press to our studio for the first time to host this Cyanotype Taster class. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which creates beautiful cyan blue images.

This class will introduce you to the process and will cover preparing the solution and coating papers, looking at examples of artists work, making artwork for exposure, and toning.

Suitable for beginners.

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Resin Art Workshop

NEW DATE SOLD OUT – Saturday 19th September 2020

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £140 per person

Tutor: Ian Bailey
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This workshop offers an opportunity for beginners looking to explore using epoxy resin to create beautiful abstract pieces of art and to learn all the techniques required to continue creating your own Resin Art pieces at home.

During the day you will work with non-toxic and odourless, epoxy art resin, learning how to measure, mix and pour the resin and apply it to MDF panels. By the end of the day you will have produced three pieces of artwork which we will post on to you, free of charge, when they are thoroughly dry.

Workshop price includes everything you need to create three pieces of artwork on the day. Please wear clothes which you are happy to get messy !

All materials provided

All orders are final and unfortunately we cannot issue any refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience

Gift Vouchers

Why not treat your loved one to the gift of ART this Christmas ! We have vouchers available for either £10 or £25 which are redeemable against the cost of any of our classes and/or workshops. We’ll even post them to you inside a hand-printed Christmas card ! To use the voucher simply enter the code on the voucher into the Eventbrite booking form for your chosen class.