I get asked a lot of questions before, during and after printmaking classes, so I thought I’d answer a few of them here. If you’ve not been on one of our classes before, hopefully this post might answer some of your queries!
Which printmaking course is right for me?
If you have no experience in printing at all, look at the Beginner courses in the brochure, which you can read here. These start right from the basics and most students will be in the same boat as you. If you have some experience, but lack confidence, you may want to re-enrol in the beginner session or move on to the Intermediate courses.
Advanced printmakers who have tried multiple techniques should look at the Printing in Progress course, as this changes termly and encourages you to expand your practice.
For quick introductions, our Flash Printing class zooms throught the basics of screen printing, drypoint etching and reduction lino printing so is a great class to choose if you aren’t sure which printmaking technique will suit you.
All the classes are also on the website.
What should I bring to class?
Usually all printmaking materials and equipment are included in the course price, but it’s a good idea to bring along your sketchbook with some ideas to work on. If it’s a full day session, you will also need to bring your packed lunch, although tea, coffee and a slice of homemade cake will always be available. This blog is full of ideas for getting started in your sketchbook.
What if I don’t know what to print?
It’s a good idea to come to class with a couple of ideas – bring along a sketchbook with some doodles, drawings and photographs. You can sign up to our newsletter to receive a copy of our How to Find Inspiration e-book. This is full of ideas to get you out and about and recording in your sketchbook. Original photographs can be a great starting point if you aren’t confident in your drawing skills and anything is better than nothing. But, please do not bring copies or print outs from the internet as this is a copyright infringement and isn’t fair to the artist that you have ‘borrowed’ from.
What should I wear?
Printmaking can be messy! I have aprons for you to wear in class, but I also recommend that you wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit of ink on. Most, but not all, of the inks will wash out. It’s also a good idea to remove any jewellery. The barn has underfloor heating, but is a large space and it can be difficult to control the temperature; I suggest wearing layers and a warm pair of shoes. In summer, please wear closed toe shoes as we sometimes use sharp or heavy equipment.
Can I come back to use the space?
Yes! Students can become a member of Print Club which meets twice a month on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Members can also hire the printmaking space on an hourly basis and every term I usually run some open access sessions.
What if I can no longer make the course?
You can always send someone in your place if something comes up, but please let me know as soon as you can. If the course is more than 8 weeks away, you can transfer onto another course, but with less than 8 weeks before the course starts I might not be able to transfer you. Please let me know in writing and look at our terms and conditions on the website. I always try to run the class, but if I don’t get the minimum numbers, I will let you know as soon as I can and refund you in full or swap you onto a different class.
Can I book for my friend?
Yes, please do! Classes are a great idea for friends, family and partners to do together. You can book a place for someone else, just let me know in the ‘notes to seller’ box. If you’d like to know if there are enough spaces for you and a group of friends, you can always email or phone before booking.
Do you have gift vouchers?
Yes! You can buy gift vouchers on the website. They are valid for 18 months and are easy to redeem. This is a great option for Christmas and birthdays if you’re not sure which course they might like best. Please read all the details before purchasing.
Do you do group bookings and one-to-one tuition?
Yes I do! For groups of 4 or more we can find a time and date to suit you and do any type of printing that you like. These sessions are tailor-made for your group. I also do one-to-one sessions for anyone looking for personal tuition. Read more here. For school groups click here.
Are workshops accessible?
The barn is accessible by a ramp and there is a designated parking spot just outside the barn. Once inside, the barn is a large, but flat space and the toilet is accessible. Printmaking can be a little physical, but I keep group size small to ensure I can lend an extra pair of hands to anyone who needs a little more help. There are always adaptations that we can make, but if you’re not sure and would like to visit the space before booking, we can arrange a time to have a chat.
Where are you?
Slamseys Farm is a working farm near Braintree, Essex. We are easily accessed from the A120, A131 and M11. We are about 20 minutes from Stansted Airport and Chelmsford, 45 minutes from Colchester and about an hour from East London. We have plenty of free parking on site and are fairly easy to find.
Can I get there by public transport?
The nearest train station is Braintree, which is about a ten minute drive. There is a bus which goes from Braintree to Chelmsford and the bus stop is about a ten minute walk from the farm. Please use Traveline East Anglia to plan your journey.
Where can I stay overnight nearby?
We have a list of places to stay on the website. Our favourite is The Compasses at Littley Green.
What have I missed? If you’ve got any other questions, ask away and I’d be more than happy to answer!