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Intro to Printmaking Course

Dates -  Weds 2nd March to Weds 30th March (5wks)

Time - 10am - 12pm

Address - Studio 14, Star Brewery, Lewes, BN7 3BX


Individual classes = £40 each (NB lino is a 2 week course)

Full Course (5 classes) = £175 (a saving of £25)

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About the course

Week 1 - Drypoint etching Weds 2nd March 10 - 12pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the simple technique of drypoint etching. Students will learn how to transfer their line drawings into unique art prints.  Drypoint is the simplest and most direct form of intaglio fine art printmaking.  It lends itself to drawing and mark making. We will learn how to ink up and print the prepared drypoint plates, using oil-based inks and a small etching press.  

Week 2 & 3 - Lino printing Weds 9th/16th March 10 - 12pm

Taking our inspiration from a number of design sources, including the Bloomsbury Group and contemporary printmakers Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin, we will explore patterns through mark-making,
with a mixed media approach using chine colle papers. The composition will be developed working from your chosen images. This 2 session workshop will introduce you to one colour lino cutting and printing. This is the perfect introduction to the process, with a particular focus on how you may continue developing  your skills at home.

Week 4 - Gelli printing - Weds 23rd March 10 - 12pm

A Gelli plate is a reusable gelatin-like printing plate that allows you to create a textured print on paper (or fabric) using stencils, stamps, leaves, or just ink. It's easy to pick up and highly addictive! You'll
produce a 3 colour textured print such as this woodland scene pictured here.

Week 5 - Collagraph printing - Weds 30th March 10 - 12pm

Collagraphs are made by collaging and cutting different textures on a thin board base. Almost any material with texture can be collaged, including embossed wallpaper, paint, hessian and leaves. The plate is then inked and printed using the same technique as etching.
They can also be printed as a blind emboss or as a relief print. As with the other courses the materials we'll use are readily available and affordable and ideas can be developed at home.

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About the Artist


Kirsten Norbury BA Hons Fine Art Printmaking completed a degree at Leeds Beckett University. Her degree work combined large 4 - 5ft woodcuts with screen prints. Over the years Kirsten has experimented with many different printmaking techniques. In this course she will show you several that require little studio equipment, and can be developed further at home.

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