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Explore a range of printmaking techniques on our 5 week introductory course.

Saturdays 18th September – 16th October 2021


This course will introduce you to some of the processes you can access at Leeds Print Workshop and give you the basic skills to continue using them after the course. The tutor will demonstrate:

  • Monoprinting – using oil based relief printing inks you will produce one-off multicolour prints working with paper stencils and our presses.
  • Collograph – you will use collage to create images that will be printed using our our presses.
  • Drypoint – working directly onto a printing plate you will use various mark-making tools and then print using our specialist our presses.
  • Linocut – Single colour. Using specialist cutting tools you will be shown how to safely cut lino and print using relief inks, rollers, presses, barens and burnishers.

You will learn each of the processes in a supportive environment with all equipment and materials provided.

What experience do I need?

This course is suitable for complete beginners or people who have done some printmaking before but want a refresher. You don’t need to have any previous experience as the tutor will guide you through each process in a step-by-step way. All the processes lend themselves well to simple image making using pattern as well as representational images so don’t be put off if you don’t feel confident with drawing.

What will I make?

With monoprint and collograph expect to make up to about 20 different A4 prints (on A3 paper) in each session. For drypoint expect to make up to 10 variations of an A5 printing plate on A4 paper. With linocut you would expect to make an A5 printing plate and around 10 copies of the print on A4 paper.

Who is my tutor?

Mick Welbourn is currently the manager of the printmaking workshops at Leeds Arts University, where he has worked for more than twenty years. Over the years he has taught printmaking to adults as well as to A level, Foundation, Degree and Masters students. In 2013 Mick finished his MFA at Leeds University where he was the recipient of the Wilhelmina Barnes Graham Printmaking Scholarship. Mick is also one of the founding committee members of Leeds Print Workshop.

Do I need to bring anything?

All the materials needed to produce the prints described above will be provided for the course. This will include relief inks and rollers, card, plastic, softcut lino and paper to print on. Leeds Print Workshop also has a small stock of materials that you can purchase to take away with you or use as extra materials on the course if you are particularly prolific when making prints. You can also purchase a portfolio folder to take your prints home, or bring one along with you have a folder.

Covid Safety

Our workshops and courses look a little bit different as we ensure safe procedures are in place in light of Coronavirus. The changes we have made include;

  • Requesting that students attend the workshop with a mask or face covering
  • Hand sanitiser provided on entry
  • Shared aprons will not be provided so please bring your own apron or wear old clothes to the workshop
  • Fewer participants on courses, or using a larger space in the building where possible for some courses

If I can’t attend can I get a refund?

We will refund you if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the first session of the course, after this time no refunds will be issued. Please note Eventbrite’s booking fee is non refundable. By making a booking you are agreeing to our full course terms and conditions which can be found on our website here.

What if the course is cancelled?

We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings or if lockdown measures are put back in place). 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.


Our aim is to bring printmaking to as many people as possible. By their nature, some printmaking processes involve an amount of physical effort. Leeds Print Workshop is based in a basement studio at Patrick Studios, a bespoke venue for artists operated by East Street Arts. It is fully wheelchair accessible, with a lift, larger than standard doors and disabled toilet facilities. We recognise that everybody’s accessibility needs may differ, therefore please email us at hello@leedsprintworkshop.org to discuss any concerns you may have before booking. There is one dedicated disabled car parking space to the side of the building on Rider Street.

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

Introduction to Printmaking - 5 week course
Leeds Print Workshop
Date & Time:
From 18/09/2021 10am To 16/10/2021 12pm
Leeds Print Workshop Patrick Studios St. Mary's Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH Leeds GB LS9 7EH
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