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The workshop is open for 2 days. You are welcome to do a taster for one day which can be very fruitful. If you have not tried printmaking before then monoprinting is the simplest way of starting. It is much more direct and less technical than etching or lithography. Essentially its is just another way of painting or drawing. Two or three days can produce as many as TEN or more individual works. The working process is spontaneous and the results are refreshing and inspiring. The nature of the process lends itself to experiment and exploration which then in turn informs your painting and drawing vocabulary.
The cost is £60 per day and this includes most materials and lunch. It is best to come for 2 days to get the most benefit.
The Process. The processes are not complicated. We will be using a printing press. Oil paint is the main medium. The printing plate is a perspex sheet which you apply paint onto it in a variety of ways using brushes ,rollers,spraying, templates, stencils etc. Good quality printing paper is dampened in water then laid on the perspex sheet and rolled through the press. Niel will be guiding you through all these processes and operating the press. Perspex plates, some oil paints and up to 5 sheets of top quality printing paper are included in the fee.
Subject matter. This is flexible. The work could be entirely abstract. You could also bring any work studies or photographs that you wish to develop and experiment with. The studio will have still-life material on hand as well. Please phone if you would like any advice on what to bring or and what to work from.