Wivenhoe Art Trail May 17-19

This weekend we transformed the print workshop into a gallery space to stage our biggest ever exhibiton of print work. The exhibition opened 10am-5pm for three very busy days from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May. We also did a lovely social evening for Printworks and other Art Trail exhibitors, friends and associates on the Saturday night. Despite gloomy weather forecasts we were blessed with three glorious days and a really lively atmosphere as local and out-of-town visitors came along to look the work displays, ask questions about print facilities and courses, and buy some really lovely prints made by our exhibiting Members… a thoroughly successful three-day event!

Forthcoming Courses

Join us at Wivenhoe Printworks for our Summer programme. We are running an exciting timetable of courses that explore a variety of printmaking techniques.

Online bookings open June 1st through Eventbrite, meanwhile here are the essential details…

June 22 & 23
Introduction to Electro-Etching 10:00 – 16:00
Tutor: John Wallett
Electro-etching is a very exciting and versatile way to etch all kinds of metal especially printing plates using simple home or studio equipment. Electro-etching can produce very fine and varied results for both figurative and abstract work. This introduction will be of particular interest to printmakers who have tried drypoint or traditional chemical etching and want to take their work several stages further. It will also be of interest to craft jewellers and metal artists who want to apply graphic and image designs to smaller metal pieces such as plaques, medallions and coin-sized brooches or crests.  

June 28
Drawing the Landscape 18:30 – 21:30
Tutor: Natalie Eldred
Take a walk with Natalie along Wivenhoe’s historical waterfront, with at least three stops on route from where you will sit down and draw. You can use these drawings as reference for the Collagraph workshop running on the 7th and 14th July.

June 29
Fabric Screenprinting 10:00 – 16:00
Tutor: Eliza Kentridge
This course entails making silk screen designs on fabric using cut paper stencils. You will be shown examples of silk screen designs and then shown how to make your own. You will experiment with repeat patterns, mixing colours, over-printing, and will be encouraged to think about the uses of printed fabric e.g. for t-shirts, bags, table linen and cushions.

July 7 & 14
Collagraph the Landscape 10:00 – 13:00
Tutor: Natalie Eldred
Collagraph is the art of making prints from collaged materials. In this 2 day course you will learn how to pick the best materials to create a range of textures and tones in a myriad of interesting ways. There will be a selection of high-quality images provided to inspire you, or you can bring along your drawings from the ‘Drawing the Landscape’ workshop on the 28th June

July 27
Creating Cyanotypes 10:00 – 16:00
Tutor: Adrienne Tulley
This beginners’ course will introduce you to the traditional photographic technique of Cyanotype. You will learn how to prepare the light sensitive paper and create beautiful blue images using both natural sunlight and and artificial UV light.

August 10
Photo-Stencil Screen Print 10:00 – 16:00
Tutor: Natalie Eldred
Learn how to apply a stencil made from a photo and how to expose your image onto an already prepared screen. At
the end of the workshop you will have gained experience of screen-printing onto paper.

September 4
Preparing Images for Photo-printing 18:00 – 21:00
Tutor: John Wallett
Learn how to prepare suitable images for Photo-polymer or other photo-print processes. You can use these images as reference for the Photo-polymer workshop running on the 7th and 8th September.

September 7& 8
Printing with Light… an Introduction to Photo-polymer Magic 10:00 – 16:00
Tutor: John Wallett
Photo-polymer Printing is a versatile and fascinating print process that transfers shadowgraph patterns or photographic images onto special photo-sensitive printing plates using bright sunlight or artificial UV light.

September 28
Introduction to Linocut Printing 10:00 – 16:00
Tutors: Carol Munn-Giddings and Nel Mooy
This beginners course will introduce you to the medium, tools and the basic techniques involved in making a one-colour linocut print. You will learn how to cut away lino and create different marks and effects.


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