David McCracken

Print Curator


Michael Waight

Master Printmaker


James Vass


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 and two-day printmaking workshops during July, August, and September. 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 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:

Crayon Lift Etching

One-Day Crayon Lift Etching Workshop

This technique gives you another option in the making of an etching. It is very suitable for a more expressive and painterly approach. It relies on a number of chemicals that resist one another and can be seen to full effect by artists, such as Barbara Rae or John Bellany. Try this on a couple of small plates and see if this is your ‘cup of tea’!

  • Tutor: Michael Waight
  • Date: Saturday 27th August 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available
Screenprinting Class

Lino Relief Cutting Weekend Workshop

Join James Vass for this one-day workshop, where he will show you how to master the art of the linocut. By cutting away the areas you don’t want to print, these lino 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: James Vass
  • Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £130/95 conc. Gift vouchers available
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.
Screenprinting Class

One-Day Coptic Stitch Binding Workshop

Come and spend a relaxed day concentrating on this beautiful and very practical form of Bookbinding. The Coptic stitch dates to the 2nd century AD and originated from what is modern day Egypt. We will be able to cover our hard covers in either bookcloth or decorative papers and then use our time to stitch our books so they can open flat wherever the pages fall.

  • Tutor: Michael Waight
  • Date: Saturday 24th September 2016
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Cost: £75/65 conc. Gift vouchers available

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