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I passionately believe that printmaking plays a crucial role in arts education for both young people and adults - it encourages and promotes creative thinking, problem solving, decision-making, autonomy of thought, wellbeing, and material experimentation. And what’s more - it’s fun! There’s a joy and anticipation which comes from peeling the paper back after it’s gone through the press which is unique to printmaking.

I run courses and workshops at various UK venues throughout the year in a range of printmaking processes. My specialisms include etching, aquatint, sugarlift, photo-etching, photo-lithography, wood lithography (mokulito), and Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga). My approach to teaching is hands-on, and I aim to present sometimes complex processes in an accessible and relaxed way. 

I also offer bespoke 1-1 tuition sessions in specific print techniques, or to help develop ideas and artistic practice through printmaking.

Please get in touch if you would like more information about a course or to organise a bespoke session.



> FURTHER ETCHING: SUGARLIFT AQUATINT

Day course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Sat 11 June 2022
10-5
£85

Famously used by Picasso in his etchings, sugarlift is a process which, when combined with aquatint, enables a broad range of painterly marks and tonal values to be created on a metal plate. It can be used on its own or in-combination with other etching techniques such as hard and soft ground. Spend a day exploring this fascinating technique – for etchers who want to develop their work and expand their skillset.





> INTRO TO: MOKUHANGA: JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTING

Day course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Sat 16 July 2022
10-4
£70

Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing, uses water-based inks and is a versatile, accessible and non-toxic method of printmaking, without the need for a press. On this hands-on course, you will be guided through carving your own design into a wood block using specialist tools, and printing your image by hand with watercolour paints, creating a small edition of A5 prints to take home.





> INTRO TO: MOKULITO - WOOD LITHOGRAPHY

Weekend course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Sat 17 - Sun 18 Sept 2022
£85
*This course isn’t up on the wypw website yet, but you can email info@wypw.org to request to be on the waiting list. 

Join me for a fun, hands-on weekend exploring the creative possibilities of this unique printmaking process where the grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, giving a unique characteristic.





> INTRO TO: ETCHING

Weekend course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Sat 9 - Sun 9 Oct 2022
10-4
£140
*This course isn’t up on the wypw website yet, but you can email info@wypw.org to request to be on the waiting list.

This course is all about learning the basics of etching. You will learn how to use hard ground, soft ground and aquatint techniques to enable you to create a wide variety of marks and effects.





> FURTHER ETCHING: SOAP GROUND

Day course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Sat 19 Nov 2022
10-4
£85
*This course isn’t up on the wypw website yet, but you can email info@wypw.org to request to be on the waiting list.

Embrace the unexpected! Soap ground (sometimes referred to as white ground) is an imperfect ground which is painted onto the surface of an etching plate as a resist. The acid will bite through the ground more readily than a hard ground, and will eventually break down the longer it is left in the etch solution, providing lots of opportunity for interesting tonal images to be created. It can also be worked intowith etching tools like a regular hard ground. Enjoy a playful day experimenting with this technique and exploring its unique properties.







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