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).

EXPERIMENTAL PAPERMAKING – ‘FUSION PAPERS’

Sunday 2nd February 2020

11.00am – 5.00pm

Standard Tickets £70 per person

Tutor: Mandy Brannan
Venue: Essex Print Studio

Experimental Papermaking – ‘Fusion Papers’

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

This workshop is about combining traditional Western and Japanese styles of papermaking to create a fusion of materials that will result in fine experimental papers suitable for etching, screen printing, rubber stamping, collage and the chine colle process.

Pigmentation, recycling and decorative methods of papermaking will be also be covered during the workshop.

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.

PRINTMAKING FROM THE LIFE MODEL

FIRST WEDNESDAYS ! Every month, first Wednesday of the month 6pm – 8pm Starting Wednesday 4th December 2019, NEXT CLASS – Wednesday 5th February 2020

Tickets £25 per person

Tutor: Lynne Blackburn
Venue: Essex Print Studio

WEDS 5th FEB will be DRYPOINT ETCHING !

‘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 first 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 in the New Year 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.

ETCHED & CUT LINO WEEKEND

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 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

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 Beginners

Saturday 7th 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 Beginners’ is designed for those who have never tried this fascinating technique and is intended to give you a good introduction and grounding in the basic techniques. This class will be followed up on Saturday 14th by ‘Kitchen Litho Improvers’ for those who wish to take their practice further. 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 beginners.

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

Saturday 9th May 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.

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

Monotype Screenprinting

Saturday 16th May 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 ! 


Resin Art Workshop

Saturday 30th May 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 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 18th January 2020

10.00am – 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 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



LINO PRINTING

AT ELM FARM STUDIO, GREAT TEY, ESSEX

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.

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.