Studio courses

I run these in my studio, the topics of which, reflect my own art and practice. These workshops are intended for individuals or small groups from two to six people.

Participants will learn new skills in a friendly atmosphere within a creative workspace with the benefit of my own facilities and materials at hand.

Here are the various course subjects, please click them for more information.

Cast Printing
Basics in Screen Printing
Egg tempera paintin.
Digital Printmaking

For times, dates of the courses, fees and material costs please
click News on this site, where they will also be posted.

Workshops in Castprinting

Castprinting is a new block printing method, which I
developed when wanting to ‘reinvent woodcut with brushes.’
In most relief printing methods the image is carved in the
block. However, in the Castprint block it is derived from
painting - not cutting.

The three basic stages of Castprinting are:
1.Making artwork on a plate of glass.
2.From the artwork a plaster block is cast.
3.Print impressions are then taken from the block.
The shortest of courses can therefore be achieved in three
sessions, with time between them to allow for the proper
drying of the blocks.

Character of Castprinting
Castprinting is a successful form of printing. People of all kinds love its simplicity and find working with gesso as a painting medium appealing. While the final results in the print faithfully render the brushwork in surprising and unusual ways. Castprints share those qualities expected of block printing, such as solid deposits of ink and colour that one wants to touch.

It has a tonal Quality
Due to a subtlety of relief depth in the Castprint block, a wide variety of ink deposit creates the equivalent of tonal variation in the final print. This is new to relief printing.

Mirror imaging is solved
A typical relief print produces a mirror image, as it has but two phases A-B. But the three phases of Castprint: painting, casting and printing make it an A-B-A process and so the print emerges right-handed.

It is a viable printing method
The hard plaster of the printing blocks, make them capable of producing any number of prints.

The workshops are fun and can be experimental
Castprinting courses are always interesting and challenging and different groups have brought new approaches leading to innovations. An example of this was with some art students in Morocco who insisted on using toothbrushes to flick the gesso to get a textural half tone effect. I said it probably would not work - but it did and their work was lovely.

Workshop fees, materials and equipment.
If you are coming to the studio workshops, equipment and materials are provided. If however, I am coming out to an institution such as a college or a school. Then we need to talk about the materials.

For this and other enquiries please contact me. For workshop times, fees and material costs please go to News on this site.


Workshops in Basic Screen-printing
Essential Screen Printing
  • Basic hand made paper stencils.
  • Screen preparation for printing.
  • Print a small edition.
Photo Screen Printing
  • Make artwork and ‘positive’ for photo-stencil.
  • Photo stencils: coat, expose and washout screen.
  • Print run.
Advanced Screen Printing
  • Create artwork and colour master plan.
  • First colour stencil, run print.
  • Subsequent stencil print runs.

Screen-printing was my preferred method of printmaking before developing Castprinting and I have a lot of experience with it.

I use basic equipment, which can handle print sizes of about A2 proportions. Having said that, I have a vacuum bed, an ultra violet exposing unit and a washout facility, all of which I built myself.

Essential screen-printing. Do not be put off by its simplicity! Within these modest means is held the essence of the art, where powerful expression is made possible. This would be an ideal introduction to people starting out and refreshment to those who already know.

Photo-stencil printing on the other hand requires more preparation and time but certainly offers greater sophistication of detail, if it is drawn artwork and if it is a photograph then it might need screening to make half tones, but then again might not.

Advanced screen-printing must naturally follow the development of the above. This is mostly about multi colour printing. There are ways to introduce more than one colour even with one stencil but true multi colour uses another stencil for each new colour. Economy in art, it is said, is a hallmark of good art, in screen printing this is even truer and two stencils might be all that’s needed. Good registration technique is also essential.

For Workshop dates, times, fees and materials costs please see posted in News on this site.


 

Workshops in Egg Tempera Painting

If only joining this workshop to learn how to use egg tempera, it will be worthwhile, as this medium has qualities about it that make you wonder why we ever abandoned it for oils way back in Van Eyck times. To be sure oil paint is tougher, more robust and can be painted on canvas but for brilliance of colour no other paint can compete with egg tempera – oil paint by comparison has a brown touch to it, which with age gets progressively worse.

That said it is the yolk that is used in the tempera medium. Yet the yellow of the yolk is not apparent by the time the paint is mixed and put on the painting. It is a bright and pure colour – as azure as the sky, if azure it is.

However, its not just brilliance of colour that is good about the medium, another exciting quality is its potential for translucency, in which there are some very nice surprises. I am not talking about the transparency of watercolour but of a full-bodied paint that seems to have its own inner lustre.

In my own experience of egg tempera painting, I have been taken on a journey of discovery and this I will be sharing with you. The other medium, which is particularly suited to egg tempera, is gesso, which is its ideal ground. Gesso, in its turn, needs a solid support; traditionally this is wood. However, in building my panels, I also use paper pulp and gesso to shape the forms on which to paint.

The workshops will then also be about developing and shaping supports, preparing and building up those chalky gesso grounds, which are so essential to good egg tempera painting.

For Workshop dates, times, fees and materials costs please see posted in News on this site.

Workshops in Digital Printing

Photoshop is the image handling software in the sphere of art and photography and is multi faceted in its uses, so much so that one never stops plummeting new depths to what it can do.

Having said that, there is much that I can impart to equip you for this amazing road of discovery.

To start with there is image capture. It’s not just a matter of hitting the scan button. Have you ever wondered how to get a larger work into the computer without resorting to the camera? I can show you how, using multiple scans, made a little easier with the A3 scanner.

Here are some of the basic skills I will be introduced you to in Photoshop: tonal and colour correction, selection techniques, layering and superimposing, scaling and resolution, rotating, importing, cutting and pasting, transparency and so much more.

Just about anything you would care to do in the real world of paper or canvas can be done in Photoshop. What you want to use it for may be as basic as good reproduction of original artwork to new creations in the virtual world; of course once the result is sent to the printer it becomes physical again.

Adobe InDesign is graphics software, used by commercial artists. It has a superb range of graphic tools such as lettering, placing of objects on a page. Importing images or texts. Drawing graphics with crisp edges and so on. It works well with Photoshop and could be used from designing a greetings card to producing a full-scale poster of your work announcing an exhibition.

The printer handles rolls or sheets of paper up to 61c width and any length. These are all photo papers and some of them are high quality art papers. The inks contain pigments and are light fast. And the print quality is extremely good.

For Workshop dates, times, fees and materials costs please go to News on this site, where they will be posted

They will also receive guidance in various techniques and be assisted in the development of their artistic abilities. The workshops are geared to the needs of each individual and opportunity will be given for them to produce art, whether that’s painting or printmaking.