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Printmaking Courses and Workshops

Our Birmingham Printmaking Studio members offer a range of online and in studio printmaking and art classes. If you're looking to become a member we expect you to have attended at least one workshop at the studio so that you're familiar with our set up. Our studio workshops are popular with both beginners and experienced printmakers. We encourage you to explore your artistic bounds and have fun too. 

Courses and Workshops: Services
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Introduction to Screen Printing on Paper

Saturday, June 24th               £80.00    10am-4pm  

Saturday, September 2nd     £80.00    10am-4pm

Spend a day learning this colourful technique and create your own original silk screen prints on paper. This is a hands on practical workshop and you will be learning to screen print your own artwork. You will learn how to make a photo-stencil by coating a silk screen with light sensitive photo-emulsion. Next you will expose your own A4 black and
white image, illustration or design onto the silk screen using a UV exposure unit before washing out the image to create a photo-stencil. You will also use a vacuum screen bed and learn how to register two different layers of colour. By the end of the workshop you will have hand pulled a small edition of about ten screen prints on paper using a silk screen, squeegee and colourful water based inks.
Please note we will be working with existing images so you will need to have an A4 size black and white image, illustration or design which is suitable for screen printing. All other equipment and materials will be provided including cartridge paper and a range of different coloured screen printing inks for paper. This workshop does not cover screen
printing on fabric.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and people wanting to refresh their skills.

Please remember to state which workshop and which date you are e-mailing about.

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Introduction to Lino Print

Thursday, June 29th     £80.00    10am-4pm  

This workshop is aimed at beginners or those who wish to refresh their skills. Participants will explore mark making and safe use of lino cut tools on a small sample of lino, developing an understanding of positive and negative space. We will then work on an A5 lino plate to produce a single colour and possibly a two colour print. Time permitting. You will use hand burnishing to create the print, and also try out our presses, both of which produce excellent results. You will learn about printing inks, rollers and printing papers. 

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Introduction to Screen Printing Workshop

Saturday, June 10th        £80.00    10am-4pm    SOLD OUT

Saturday, July 8th            £80.00    10am-4pm    SOLD OUT 

Saturday, August 19th    £80.00    10am-4pm    SOLD OUT

Perfect for beginners or people in need of a refresher course. Attendees
will learn every aspect of the screen printing process, from preparing your
artwork & creating your screens, to mixing your inks, setting up the screen
printing bed, & pulling your very own prints, before cleaning & reclaiming
your screens. 
At the end of the workshop you will have your own set of prints, a newly
learnt skill and the option to become a member of Birmingham Printmakers.


Creative Lino Print for Improvers

Saturday, September 16th    £80.00    10am-4pm   SOLD OUT

You will have the opportunity to create a lino block based on natural forms using a range of cutting and mark making techniques. You will be shown creative ways of introducing colour to your print using chine colle and monoprint methods. All materials will be provided, but bring an apron and packed lunch.

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Introduction to Collagraph Printing 

Friday 21st July 11.30am - 2.30pm and  Sat 22nd July 10am-4pm  £120.00

Using a mount board base, you will learn how to use drypoint techniques to create dynamic marks, apply textures and mediums, and remove thin layers. All of these methods create areas of varied tone - areas of light and shade. Collagraph printing lends itself to landscape images, patterns or abstract design and you will learn intaglio aswell as relief printing techniques.

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Drypoint Workshop

Saturday, August 5th    £80.00     10am-4pm

Explore this versatile technique and develop your creativity by making incisions with a dry-point needle onto a plate.  You will use mark making techniques to create line and tone which when inked up and printed will produce the image.  With further experimentation colour can be added.   This workshop is suitable for beginners and returners to the technique.. 

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