Set up in 2013 The Complete Printmaker course/s have been full each year. When we set the course up we put a minimum of 6 students. We got 36 enquiries within 2 weeks, so we had to run an evening version to meet demand! As we expanded the workshop and improved facilities we were able to go from 12 students to 16 students and bring in extra tutors so we can split the group and teach more!
The course is the equivalent in experience of a degree in printmaking, although we are not accredited. In fact we think we are better equipped and with more space and tutor time than most degrees. We are not going down the accreditation route as it would mean that we would have to put course fees up significantly to pay for assessors, and buying in the accreditation through a university.
The course runs on Monday mornings from 10.00am to 1.00pm. [Alternatively there is an evening course on Monday evenings 6.00pm – 9.00pm.] On top of the 3 hours taught sessions each week there are 4 hours a week as part of our open access to carry on work.
Materials are included in the course fees. There are no extra/hidden costs. (If you are creating more prints outside of the course or doing more than 4 hours a week in the workshop you can buy a materials card and extra hours. Materials are as affordable as we can make them and extra hours are just £3 an hour like all other members.)
The course includes membership which runs up to 31st January 2025!
Students are taught the fundamentals of printmaking from the simplicity of monoprint and drypoint, through carborundum, collagraph, etching and screenprint. After Summer students are introduced to painterly screenprint, waterless lithography, gum arabic transfer printing and more. It is a 'complete' grounding in printmaking.
We are now taking bookings.
The morning session is full, but we are taking reserve names in case anyone drops out. We have a few places left on the evening course.
Jeni has been teaching printmaking for over 12 years and took over running The Complete Printmaker 1st year course in 2017. Jeni brings her drawing skills and love of markmaking to the course. As well as monoprinting, drypoint, collagraph, painterly screenprint, relief printing and etching, Jeni also is a specialist in waterless lithography and gum arabic transfer printing.