Are you a primary school teacher, educator or facilitator looking for a safe, quick process to use in classrooms or pass on to others? Perhaps you’re new to printmaking or looking to expand or refresh your printmaking skills? Join artist Rachel Richardson for this hands-on, practical session that will explore mono-type and mono-print techniques without the need for a press!
This session will offer attendees the opportunity to print from a Gelli plate using paper stencils and a variety of found objects such as bubble wrap and cardboard, you will explore composition, colour, pattern and texture. Water-based inks are used, along with inexpensive materials which can be easily sourced. Multiple colour prints can be achieved from overlaying prints.
The plate itself is a flexible yet durable surface made of a thick single layer of polymer (completely vegan unlike the traditional gelatine gelli plates) and if it is cleaned after each use, is completely reusable. This is a very playful technique which allows for lots of creativity and fun experimentation!
Your tutor: Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson is a practicing artist and print tutor. In addition to making and selling her own prints as Bobshaped, she is a regular print tutor at the Art House Wakefield. She teaches the 6 week introduction to print course and other short courses like gelli printing. She also teaches at The Hepworth Wakefield and works with community groups like Wakefield Art Club. She has a degree in metalwork and jewellery and a City and Guilds teaching qualification. Her work combines a love of colour, pattern, layers and texture and often combines digital and analogue ways of working.
This course is suitable for beginners and well as those looking to learn a new printmaking technique or who want a process refresher. The only requirements are an experimental approach and an open mind!
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
The day will consist of :
- Demonstration of the gel printing process and building up layers
- Production of experimental prints and making and using stencils
- Demonstration and exploration of how to work with texture and mark making tools
- Time to explore the process and experiment – with tutor support
Covid-19 safety :
To comply with government guidance for COVID-19, we have made several changes to how we operate. As a result, our workshops and the way we run courses looks a little different. We have everyone’s safety as our main priority and although it might not be quite the same as it was before, your ability to get stuck in and enjoy a spot of printmaking remains the same. Added measures to keep you safe include:
- All courses working with reduced numbers and to government guidance in relation to social distancing
- Requesting that everyone in the workshop, if able, wears either a face covering, mask or a visor
- Hand sanitiser provided on entry and attendee details taken to ensure that ‘Track and Trace’ procedures can take place
- Removal of any shared equipment or materials wherever possible.
Full guidance on our Covid-19 policies and risk assessment can be found on our website here.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.