Screenprinting with Faye Suzannah, April 13th & 14th
Faye Suzannah made some wonderful work for Amazing Space II a couple of years ago, and she has been invited back to teach a Basic Screenprinting course this April. As she says: ‘Join me to explore a variety of exciting mark and shape making techniques, through the graphic medium of the silkscreen. Using water-based inks, autographic AND photographic stencils, we will cover the basic processes used to make original artworks, or we will make editions of identical prints.’
Letterpress with Robin Frood, May 4th & 5th
This is the first time Letterpress has been offered as a course at Dove Studios. We have an extraordinary collection of Victorian hand carved alphabets and extensive sets of metal type; an Adana press and the use of an etching press as a proofing press. And now at last we are making a start, to incorporate letterpress into the printmaking techniques that are already on offer here, such as etching, collograph and woodcut. An adventure, in fact, with tutor Robin Frood, who says: ‘This workshop is particularly suited to artists who want to work with text, or writers/poets wishing to work with image. In the two day workshop, we will cover the basics of traditional letterpress, as well as exploring its creative possibilities. There will be a chance to combine letterpress with woodblock printing, to use the book format, or simply to create text-based artworks.’
For further details of these courses and to enrol, please contact Bron Bradshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course took place in mid February, and was especially designed for students who had attended Robin Frood’s Mokuhanga course in August; to build on what they had learnt then, and in particular, to do lots of printing in order to start to master the technique. As you can see in the pictures above – lots of printing did indeed happen, and participants agreed helped them move on a stage. There will be another Mokuhanga for beginners (or repeaters) in August: details of that will be posted soon.
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Nature into Print (Aluminium etching)
July 3 – 5, 10 am to 4 pm
Tutor : Jenny Graham
Using aspects of the landscape surrounding Dove Studios, students will explore different etching techniques. Discussions about creative interpretation of the landscape will be combined with practical exercises on how to create line, tone and texture using a variety of etching processes.
Making Prints for Books (Various printmaking techniques and simple book binding)
July 10 – 12, 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Bronwen Bradshaw with Pennie Elfick
The aim of this course is for participants to make a handmade book containing printed images and maybe words too. Drypoint, collagraph, relief printing and monoprint can all be used, with plenty of wide ranging tuition on hand to help with the different techniques, including basic bookbinding.
The Handwritten Word (Free-wheeling calligraphy)
July 14/15, 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Kathryn John
At a time when our lives and lists exist in a digital world, we will spend a weekend together getting back in touch with the flow of the handwritten word, with full permission to get it wrong and to make a mess, using a variety of writing materials – including vegetable and oak gall ink – and experimental processes.
Mokuhanga Stage 1 (Japanese water-based woodblock printing)
August 8,9,10, 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Robin Frood
This 3-day workshop will explore the Japanese art of woodblock printing, known as Mokuhanga, with participants producing a final series of prints on a theme of their choice. This water-based technique is very ecological in its use of materials, and is currently undergoing a great revival in contemporary art worldwide.
All courses include basic studio materials in the fee, but paper and plates (aluminium, wood blocks, acrylic sheets etc) are extra at cost.
If you would like to enrol on a course, please download the application form here:
and email to email@example.com, or send to Bronwen Bradshaw, Dove Studios, Butleigh, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8TL, together with a deposit that will secure your place on the course. All deposits are non- refundable, unless we can fill your place from a waiting list. The full fee will be due by June 1st 2018; you will receive a reminder about this.
The Handwritten Word
July 14 & 15 2018
Tutor: Kathryn John
At Dove Studios, Butleigh
Course times: 10am – 4pm
When was the last time you sat down and wrote with ink and paper? Scribbled out a misspelled word or found spots of leaked ink upon your fingers from a malfunctioning pen?
At a time when our lives and lists, stories and notes have become part of a digital world we will spend a weekend together getting back in touch with the flow of the handwritten word. We will explore using experimental processes to get us moving and making marks.
With full permission to get it wrong, to make a mess, we will return to the joy of what it is to write with our whole bodies and not just the tips of our fingers. Using handmade vegetable, oak gall and berry inks and a variety of writing instruments – including handcrafted tools!
We will re-find the beauty in own scripts, along with cheating our way to some mouthwatering calligraphy. A fun workshop that will begin with us exploring the land at The Dove for inspiration, and end with us taking home a finished handwritten piece of work and a renewed love for our own handwriting.
If you are interested in coming on this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or message dovearts on facebook.
NATURE INTO PRINT
July 3 – 5, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
Tutor : Jenny Graham
Using aspects of the natural world students will explore different aluminium etching techniques. Discussions about creative interpretation of the environment will be combined with practical exercises on how to create line, tone and texture using a variety of processes.
Participants will begin by collecting visual information from the landscape surrounding the workshop. Sketches will be turned into simple line etchings and then other printmaking processes will be added to create tone and texture. Students will be encouraged to use a creative and experimental approach to the subject working with both figurative and abstract techniques.
So, if you want to learn aluminium etching techniques (always experimental!), or improve skills you already have, using the lovely surroundings of the Dove as inspiration, this is the course for you. Email email@example.com or message dovearts on facebook if you would like to reserve a place.
Making Prints for Books is a 3 day intensive course combining printing with bookbinding, with Bronwen Bradshaw and Pennie Elfick. Dates: 10, 11 & 12 July
The aim of this course is for participants to make a handmade book containing hand printed artwork and maybe words too. The facilities of the Dove print studio will be available for students to make book content, using drypoint and/or lino and woodcut, monoprint and collagraph, with plenty of guidance and tuition on hand to advise on choices and the techniques involved.
The idea of having 2 tutors is that one (PE) will teach the printmaking and the other (BB) will keep her hands clean and help with the bookbinding. We are hoping for a good take up on this course so that we can have 2 tutors, otherwise Bron will be doing both sorts of teaching…so let’s hope!
You may, however, already have prints that you can bring along and we can work out how to make them into a book. Or you may want to do a bit of both: printing and book binding. The joy of this course is that – as long as you wash your hands inbetween – you can move from one activity to another. Here are some forms your book could take:
Students joining this course should have some experience in printmaking, but they do not need to have done bookbinding. The forms of bookbinding that we will use are non orthodox and therefore open to all kinds of invention and experimentation.
Hope to see you here! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.