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. The list below will continue to expand and grow as we add additional exciting events so keep checking back for updates.

NEW CLASSES ADDED !

…. Essex Print Studio is expanding this year !

At time of writing (March 6th 2019) our new studio expansion is almost finished. We will be moving in in time for the first of our new batch of classes and workshops and we will be sure to post some photos as soon as it’s ready.

We are also now the proud owners (renters !) of the adjoining building on Dawes Farm which we will be converting into a small number of Artist’s Studios … !! We will have five self contained studio spaces available to rent, and they will come with a FREE membership to our print studio included. This will allow the resident artists to use our Open Access facilities as well as other benefits. More info and details will be coming soon.

If you have any questions or would like to express an interest in our Open Access or Artist’s Studios, please drop an email to website@essexprintstudio.co.uk

Experimental Papermaking part 1

Sunday 17th March 2019

10.00am – 3.30pm

Early Bird Tickets £65 per person

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan

Venue: Essex Print Studio

We welcome back Papermaker and Book Artist Mandy Brannan to Essex Print Studio to host the first of three fascinating, experimental papermaking workshops.

This first workshop will concentrate on using a fusion of Japanese and Western styles of papermaking, and the following one, next Sunday 24th March, will look at the use of embedding plant material into the sheets. Following these a bookmaking workshop, tailored to the individual students needs, will allow the projects to be finished.

Participants are welcome to attend one, two or all three of these workshops and a discount will be given to those booking and paying for all three. Please email website@essexprintstudio.co.uk to book if you wish to attend all three.

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

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Experimental Papermaking part 2

Sunday 24th March 2019

10.00am – 3.30pm

Early Bird Tickets £65 per person

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan

Venue: Essex Print Studio

We welcome back Papermaker and Book Artist Mandy Brannan to Essex Print Studio to host the second of three fascinating, experimental papermaking workshops.

The first workshop focused on using a fusion of Japanese and Western styles of papermaking, and this, second workshop, will look at the use of embedding plant material into the sheets. Following these a bookmaking workshop, tailored to the individual students needs, will allow the projects to be finished.

Participants are welcome to attend one, two or all three of these workshops and a discount will be given to those booking and paying for all three. Please email website@essexprintstudio.co.uk to book if you wish to attend all three.

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

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

‘MIX TAPES’ – INTRO TO LETTERPRESS

Saturday 30th March 2019

11.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £60 per person

Tutor: Pixel Press

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Join us for a hands on letterpress introduction and pay tribute to your favourite songs; what they mean/meant to you, did the DJ save your life… or you would have preferred to hang the DJ?

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the entire letterpress process from composition to pulling your own print to take home to hang next to the Hi-Fi!

The process is not messy but ideally wear something you wouldn’t mind staining or an apron. Please be aware that we clean our equipment with white spirit.

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

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Book Making

Sunday 14th April 2019

10.00am – 3.30pm

Early Bird Tickets £65 per person

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan

Venue: Essex Print Studio

We welcome back Papermaker and Book Artist Mandy Brannan to Essex Print Studio to host the third of three fascinating, experimental papermaking workshops.

This third workshop will concentrate on Book Making using the papers made in one of the previous Experimental Papermaking workshops. The Bookmaking workshop will be tailored to the individual students needs and will allow the projects to be finished.

Participants are welcome to attend one, two or all three of these workshops and a discount will be given to those booking and paying for all three. Please email website@essexprintstudio.co.uk to book if you wish to attend all three.

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

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

I’M WITH THE BAND !

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Morning session – 10.00am – 1.00pm

£30 per person

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

‘I’m with the band !’

Easter Holiday screen printing fun for youngsters. 2 sessions – morning is 10am till 2pm; afternoon is 2pm – 5pm

Come along for a hands-on Screenprinting introduction and print your own t-shirt !

Imagine you are designing your own band’s t-shirt or a rendition of one of your favourite songs.

Participants will have the opportunity to print a one colour (maybe two) t-shirt and experience the entire process from concept & design to pulling your own print onto a t-shirt to take home and wear at your next gig !

All ticket sales are final and we cannot offer any refunds except in exceptional circumstances.

I’m with the band !

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Afternoon Session 2.00pm – 5.00pm

£30 per young person

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

‘I’m with the band !’

Easter Holiday screen printing fun for youngsters. 2 sessions – morning is 10am till 2pm; afternoon is 2pm – 5pm

Come along for a hands-on Screenprinting introduction and print your own t-shirt !

Imagine you are designing your own band’s t-shirt or a rendition of one of your favourite songs.

Participants will have the opportunity to print a one colour (maybe two) t-shirt and experience the entire process from concept & design to pulling your own print onto a t-shirt to take home and wear at your next gig !

All ticket sales are final and we cannot offer any refunds except in exceptional circumstances.

SOLAR PLATE SATURDAY

Saturday 27th April 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Dawn Cole

Venue: Essex Print Studio

This 1 day workshop will introduce you to the two basic techniques used for solar plate etching – single and double exposure.

A solar plate (or photopolymer plate) is a steel plate coated with a light sensitive polymer layer. The plate is exposed to uv light (weather permitting using natural sunlight) and washed out in water. This environmentally friendly printmaking technique can be used to produce images that can be printed in both intaglio and relief using hand drawn images, photographs, natural materials, photocopies etc as the starting point to making a plate. 

All materials provided but students should bring along some monochrome, tonal images measuring 10 x 15cm printed on acetate to use for their work.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

WATERLESS LITHO

Saturday 25th May 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Early Bird Tickets £70 per person

Standard Tickets £75 per person

Tutor: Caroline Whitehead

Venue: Essex Print Studio

Waterless Litho is a form of lithography producing aluminium lithographic plates using ordinary silicone rubber as an ink rejecting surface. It is a great technique for anyone who enjoys drawing and experimenting with different kinds of mark-making. Unlike in traditional lithography, which uses expensive, toxic materials, this type of printing uses cheap items available at any corner shop!

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

All ticket sales are final and we cannot offer any refunds except in exceptional circumstances.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience

Drypoint ETCHING using the Xcut Xpress

Saturday 22nd June 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Early Bird Tickets £60 per person

Standard Tickets £65 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Have you heard about the little sensation sweeping the world of Printmaking …… ?

The Xcut Xpress is a portable die cutting machine but many people have discovered that it makes a brilliant home printing press ! It is small, affordable and prints really good prints from Etching plates, Lino blocks, Collagraphs and even, as we discovered in one of our previous classes, Mokulito prints !!

Come and join us for a relaxed and fun day of dry point drawing onto metal and plastic plates and learn to use the Xcut to print them with.

All ticket sales are final and we cannot offer any refunds except in exceptional circumstances.

LINO PRINTING WEEKEND

AT ELM FARM STUDIO, GREAT TEY, ESSEX

Sat & Sun 10th & 11th August 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Elm Farm Studio, Great Tey, Essex

We invite you to join us at our ‘pop up’ event at textile artist Alex Waylett’s Studio, Elm Farm, Great Tey in Essex for a 2 day lino printing course based around the theme of seed heads, wild flowers, leaves and landscape. Lynne will provide lots of printouts and images for inspiration and students are welcome to bring along any images they want to use based on the same theme.

Students will each be provided with 2 lino blocks, at approx 150mm sq. to work on so that over the weekend they will be able to create a 2 colour design. We will use various techniques to print from our lino blocks including using the amazing Xcut Xpress printing press.

Everything you need will be supplied, including tea, coffee and biscuits, but please bring along a packed lunch and any ideas or inspiration that you would like to include in your work. You are welcome to bring your own fabric inks (such as Lumiere) if you have them, your own lino if you have a preferred type that you like to use, and any tools that you have.

REDUCTION LINO PRINTING

AT CRAFT ARENA, BARLEYLANDS, ESSEX

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2019

10.30am – 4.00pm

Tickets £65

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn

Venue: Craft Arena, Barleylands, Billericay, Essex

Join artist & printmaker Lynne Blackburn of Essex Print Studio for a weekend ‘Reduction Lino Printing’ workshop.

Reduction Lino Printing is a way of creating a multi-coloured print from just one block of lino. Areas are carved out of the lino and a print, or edition of prints, are made after each cutting. More lino is removed at each stage until all that is left are the final, usually darkest areas, of the print.

You will learn how to use the tools and inks used in linocut printing, and how to hand carve a design and take prints from it. Linocuts can be printed easily by hand or with a simple press.

Lynne will bring several designs for participants to choose from and all materials and tools that you need will be supplied.

Suitable for beginners