David McCracken

Print Curator

david@peacockvisualarts.co.uk

Michael Waight

Master Printmaker

michael@peacockvisualarts.co.uk

James Vass

Printmaker

james@peacockvisualarts.co.uk
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Modest charges apply for use of production facilities. Health and Safety regulations recommend that workshops are not advisable during pregnancy.

Printmaking workshops | Courses & classes


We have organised a series of one day printmaking workshops during February and March. Led by our friendly, experienced and supportive tutors Michael Waight and James Vass, our printmaking workshops are suitable for any skill level. Call 01224 639539 to speak to someone and to book your place. If you can’t find the best printmaking workshop for you, you can also arrange one-to-one tuition with us at very reasonable rates. Just bring yourself – all materials are included. Hurry and book so you can start printing! Printmaking workshop techniques available are:

One-Day Mono-screenprinting Workshop

This is a lovely way to work making one-off images that have both an element of screen-printing combined with mono-printing. Drawing with water-based pencils can be used directly on the screen’s mesh and can be printed by flooding the mesh with a base that releases the colours onto your paper. These can give lovely delicate washes as well as coloured drawings that sit well between watercolour painting and screen-printing.

  • Tutor: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 9th April 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available – FULLY BOOKED

Drypoint Class

One-Day Drypoint Workshop

This is a wonderful process, where you traditionally scratch directly onto copper. A bit like a ploughed field, the furrow scraped gives you a lovely ‘fluffy’ line that can easily be made stronger or weaker by working the plate. There is no acid used with this process and therefore, drypoint commands a relatively safe profile. In this taster we will use thin Perspex to work on rather than expensive copper – so if you are unsure about drawing you can easily place an image underneath and trace the key parts of the picture. We can ink these plates similar to etching and enjoy the rich tones that drypoint has to offer.

  • Tutor: Mike Waight
  • Date: Saturday 16th April 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available

Screenprinting Class

Screenprinting Weekend Workshop

Join James Vass on this weekend workshop for a chance to learn the basics of this exciting technique. Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. You will learn how to expose transparent images using UV light and print different layers to build up your image. No experience necessary – just a bit of creativity.

  • Tutor: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £130/95 conc. Gift vouchers available
Screenprinting technique
By far the most recent of the print media, screenprinting is basically a stencil process. A stencil is applied to a fine mesh (the screen) which has been stretched over a frame. Ink is then pushed, with a flexible-bladed squeegee, through the remaining areas of open mesh onto the paper below.
 Toby Paterson Arraybox
Screenprint by Toby Paterson The screen can be prepared in many different ways. Here are three of the most common methods: Hand-painted stencils can be made using propriety screen fillers. Interesting effects can be obtained by thining the fillers with water to form washes which can print as a half-tone. Photo stencils are the most commonly used. An image is transferred or painted directly onto a sheet of grained acetate using photopaque paint. As a seperate acetate sheet has to be used for each colour, these sheets are known as ‘separations’. A screen is coated with light sensitive emulsion which, when dry, is placed on top of the separation which has been laid on a glass topped table. A flexible rubber sheet is pulled over the table, screen and separation and air is evacuated by a vacuum pump ensuring a perfect contact. The screen is then exposed to ultra-violet light which passes through the glass and acetate to harden the emulsion. The opaque painting protects the emulsion behind it from light, allowing it to remain soft. The screen is then washed out with water and the soft parts of the emulsion dissolve away, leaving areas of open mesh through which ink can pass. Photographic stencils are prepared in the same way, with a film being used instead of a painted separating.

Linocutting Class

One-Day Screenprinting Taster

Come and enjoy a day of colour, where you have a chance to learn the basics of this exciting technique. Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. The technique of scraping ink through a fine mesh can be quick to get results and by adding thin layers of colour you soon build up wonderful effects and images.

  • Tutor: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 30th April 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available

Bookbinding

Collagraph Weekend Workshop

If we break this word in two, it means a collage drawing. This is where we can work on board and choose to cut down into it and remove the top layer of the board as well as sticking on thin textured papers and cloth etc. The pieces are glued into position and when dry, given a coat of varnish. This makes the collagraph more durable for inking up and printing. Lovely nuances can be achieved in this creative process from easily accessible materials.

  • Tutor: Mike Waight
  • Date: Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £130/95 conc. Gift vouchers available – FULLY BOOKED

Screenprinting Class

One-Day Screenprinting Taster

Come and enjoy a day of colour, where you have a chance to learn the basics of this exciting technique. Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. The technique of scraping ink through a fine mesh can be quick to get results and by adding thin layers of colour you soon build up wonderful effects and images.

  • Tutor: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 14th May 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available

Screenprinting Class

One-Day Woodcut Relief Printing Workshop

Join Mike Waight for this one-day workshop, where he will show you how to master the art of the woodcut. By cutting away the areas you don’t want to print, these wooden blocks can be printed with hand rollers – with or without the use of a press, and are therefore very suitable for printing almost anywhere.

  • Tutor: Michael Waight
  • Date: Saturday 14th May 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available – FULLY BOOKED
Relief printing technique
A flat surface such as wood or lino is gouged into by using a number of curve-bladed chisels. These tools dig into the wood or lino creating hollowed out areas or linear grooves which are lower than the surface.
With a roller, a generous layer of ink is rolled onto a glass slab and then rolled from the glass to the relief block. The roller only touches the surface of the block and avoids getting ink on the areas that have been cut away. The relief block is placed on the press with its inked image facing upwards. Dry or dampened printmaking paper is carefully lain on top. Thin paper or card is placed on top of this to add extra pressure. By pulling a handle, a flat metal plate drops down onto the back of the print, stamping sufficient pressure and allowing the ink from the wood or lino to imprint the image onto the paper.
Bookbinding Class

Weekend Bookbinding Beginners Workshop

This is a fantastic way to keep or give very personalized handmade books. Some use stitching, some use glue and some have neither. For the weekend, we will make a number of small books. Book types will include Pamphlet, Blizzard and Concertina forms, just to get you started!

  • Tutor: Michael Waight
  • Date: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £130/95 conc. Gift vouchers available

Screenprinting Class

Screenprinting Weekend Workshop

Join James Vass on this weekend workshop for a chance to learn the basics of this exciting technique. Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. You will learn how to expose transparent images using UV light and print different layers to build up your image. No experience necessary – just a bit of creativity.

  • Tutor: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £130/95 conc. Gift vouchers available
Terms and Conditions
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control Peacock may have to cancel courses and we reserve the right to do so with a minimum of one weeks notice prior to the start date. Full refunds will be given for any courses cancelled by Peacock Visual Arts. For cancellation by course participants, full refunds will be given to those cancelling one month prior to the course start date. If cancellation notice is given two weeks prior to the course start date Peacock can only guarantee to refund 50% of the original cost of the course. No refund can be guaranteed if less notice is given. In this instance Peacock course fees may be refunded at Peacock’s discretion, only if we are able to fill your place. To help us do this it is important to let us know as soon as possible that you will be unable to attend.

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