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.


Saturday 14th September

1pm – 8pm


We are very happy to announce that the conversion of our new building, containing our brand new Artists Studios, is complete and to celebrate we will be holding an Open Day, or Grand Opening as we are calling it !

We invite you to come along on Saturday 14th September from 1pm til 8pm to have a look at our new Artists Studios, meeting room, desk spaces and classroom / teaching area. There will be activities happening during the day including print demos, visits from artists, drinks and nibbles, and even a Pinata ! The Grand Opening is open to everyone who has an interest in either renting one of our new studios or desk spaces; is interested in making use of our printmaking facilities via our new Open Access sessions; or who would like to take part in any of our program of printmaking classes and workshops.

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

Drypoint ETCHING using the Xcut Xpress

Saturday 14th September 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.

Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Saturday 21st September 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Pixel Press
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Julieta and David, of Pixel Press, are returning to Essex Print Studio to host another of their really enjoyable workshops to ‘allow you to experience the joy of letterpress’.

This is a one day workshop where you can have fun creating your own letterpress poster from Pixel Press’ collection of beautiful, old wooden type and then print them on two different presses. You can take all your creations home to frame up for your wall or to give to friends or family as a lovely gift.

Bring some lunch with you but everything else you need will be provided

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

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

Screenprinting Introduction


Saturday 19th October 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £90 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

This class is designed for complete beginners or as a refresher for those with some experience of screenprinting. The class will introduce you to our screen printing studio and show you how to use the vacuum screen tables, one-arm squeegee holders and the equipment in the darkroom, including the uv exposure unit and washout area.

Once you have completed this class you will be able to use our Open Access facilities.

We will use photographic stencil techniques, rather than hand cut paper stencils, so that by the end of the day you should be competent and comfortable using the studio facilities without assistance.

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 ! 

Cut, Fold, Tuck, Press – Experimental Book Making

Sunday 27th October 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print Studio

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

Bright & Shiny: Experimental Papermaking

Sunday 3rd November 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print StudioS

TExperimental 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.

Pop Art Screen Printing

Saturday 9th November 2019

10.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £75 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 incorporated advertising slogans and song lyrics, as well as biblical verses and quotes from literature, to create vibrant screen prints, created 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 or those who want to experiment with screen printing techniques



Friday & Saturday 24th & 25th January 2020

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.


Sat & Sun 8th & 9th February 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 For more inspiration have a look at our Facebook page to see some of the beautiful prints created on our previous weekend workshops –

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


Saturday 15th February 2020

11.00am – 4.00pm

Standard Tickets £75 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.

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

Gift Vouchers

We have vouchers available for either £10 or £25 which are redeemable against the cost of any of our classes and/or workshops. Simply enter the code on the voucher into the Eventbrite booking form for your chosen class.