This two-day course will introduce you to printmaking with a photopolymer (Solarplate), exploring the process of printing with light-sensitive plates that have been exposed to sunlight or an artificial source of UV light and then developed in tap water. This relatively new form of printmaking is simple, safe, time-effective and versatile. The surface of the plate offers fine detail and a wide tonal range using photographic imagery, hand-drawn originals and the direct use of found material.
During the workshop participants will learn how to make solar plates suitable for relief, blind emboss and intaglio printing. Participants will expose plates using sunlight or natural daylight, weather permitting, and using a UV exposure unit. Some preparation of artwork will be useful before the start of the workshop and further information will be supplied. This course is suitable for beginners and for those with experience of printmaking.
Your tutor: Susie Turner
Susie Turner works as a visual artist and educator with a specialism in Fine Art Printmaking. She graduated in Fine Art Printmaking from Cambridge School of Art and gained an MA in Visual Arts / Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. Susie recently completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education, UCL and currently works as an art teacher and freelance educator.
Based in Cambridgeshire, Susie’s own work is inspired by the natural world and the transient state of nature. The local landscape is a constant source of visual ideas and she often works directly with objects ‘found’ and ‘made’. Printmaking with Photopolymer plates offers her versatility in image making and accuracy in capturing detail.
This course is suitable for beginners as well as those looking to learn a new printmaking technique or who want a process refresher.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
Participants will begin on the first day, by learning how to select and prepare suitable artwork for Solar Plate. Weather permitting participants will then be shown how to make a test plate with step timings using natural daylight and using a contained exposure unit.
Participants will learn the technical procedure for exposing and developing a Solar Plate suitable for relief and intaglio printing. On the first day, in the afternoon, participants will ink and print their test plates. The following day participants will have opportunity to make further plates, in the morning, and then learn how to ink using ‘a la poupee’ technique and combine imagery using multiple plates.
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.