Introduction to Printmaking.


10am – 12:30pm


This 5 week course will introduce you to some of the printmaking processes you can access at Leeds Print Workshop and give you the basic skills needed to continue developing them independently after the course.

Your tutor will demonstrate:

  • Monoprinting – using oil based relief printing inks you will produce a range of unique multicolour prints using paper stencils and our etching presses.
  • Linocut – single colour. Using specialist cutting tools you will be shown how to safely cut images from lino and print using oil based relief printing inks and our relief printing press.
  • Screen Printing – single colour. You will be guided through the technique of screen printing for paper using the photo emulsion method.

You will learn these processes in a supportive but informal workshop environment, with all materials and equipment provided.

What experience do I need?

The course is aimed at beginners, or those who wish to refresh their previous printmaking skills. The tutor will guide you through the processes in a step-by-step way. All of the processes lend themselves to simple shapes and patterns as well as representational imagery, so don’t be put off if you don’t feel confident with drawing.

What will I make?

Expect to produce 10-15 multicolour A4 monoprints on A3 paper, an edition of 10 linocuts from an A5 lino on A4 paper and an edition of up to 20 screen prints using a single layer on up to A3 size paper.

Who is my tutor?

Kirstie Williams is a founding member of Leeds Print Workshop. She is a practising designer and printmaker, creating both textile and paper based work.

She studied MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art in 2010 and completed a PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Huddersfield in 2014. Kirstie previously worked as an Associate Lecturer for Short Courses at Leeds College of Art, primarily teaching in adult education. She is passionate about bringing together a new creative community in Leeds through the running and development of Leeds Print Workshop.

Do I need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials for each of the print processes are provided. The workshop also sells a range of printmaking papers if you wish to try something different. Prices range from £1-£2.20 per sheet. There is also the opportunity to purchase additional screen exposures should you wish to produce more than one screen print. One A3 screen coating costs £2.50. You can also purchase a portfolio folder to take your prints home.

If I can’t attend can I get a refund?

We will refund you in full if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the first session of the course.

What if the course is cancelled?

We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings). We will endeavour to give at least 7 days notice if the course is cancelled and in the event of cancellation we will, of course, issue you a full refund.

Please note: we regret that, for safety reasons, only those over the age of 16 will be permitted to undertake the course.

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