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.
Scroll down for info about upcoming workshops, or *get in touch* if you would like more information about a course or to organise a bespoke session.
Hard Ground Etchingat West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Saturday 1 July 2023
10 - 4
This course is all about learning the basics of etching. To make a hard ground etching, a resist is applied to a metal plate and acid is used to ‘bite’ areas which have been exposed. This creates grooves in the plate surface which hold ink when printed. This technique is perfect for those who love line work and developing interest through mark making (cross hatch etc.) rather than gradients or tone We will also experiment with using materials such as sandpaper to create more unusual marks.
Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)at Hot Bed Press, Salford
15 & 16 July 2023
10.30 - 4.30
In this hands-on weekend workshop you will create a 2-block, multi-coloured mokuhanga print. 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.
Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Saturday 9 September 2023
10 - 4
In this hands-on day workshop you will create a 1-block mokuhanga print. 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.
Mokulito - Plywood Lithographyat West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
2 day course
Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 October 2023
10 – 4
Plywood lithography takes the basic principles of stone lithography, and applies them instead to a prepared plywood surface. Traditional lithographic drawing materials are used to draw and paint onto the plywood surface. The drawing is then processed using gum arabic, and the block is inked up and printed using the etching press. Blocks can also be cut into using woodcutting tools, to create a print with the characteristics of a lithograph in combination with a woodcut.
at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Etching with Aquatint
2 day course
Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 November 2023
10 – 4
Spend a fun, hands-on 2 days learning the basics of etching to create your own hand-made prints in our professionally equipped studios. Famously used by artists such as Goya, Rembrandt and Picasso, etching produces prints with a unique quality of line and a characteristic embossed edge. You will learn how to use hard ground, soft ground and aquatint to enable you to create a wide variety of marks and effects.