Friday, 31 January 2014

My printmaking workshop at the Arnolfini

On Saturday 25th of January I led a printmaking workshop as part of the We Are Family day at The Arnolfini, in Bristol, relating to their current exhibition by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. It was a busy, fun four hours.
I had some great volunteers helping me manage the budding artists, around 30 of them at a time and about 100 people over the afternoon.

People of all ages got to try a selection of three different printmaking techniques.
On the first table was a collection of different materials, from foam to leaves to cardboard, which you could cut out and arrange on your plate to create a collagraph to print from.  
The second table was monoprinting with stencils, based on how I make my own work and the third table was drawing on the back of paper, on top of a layer of ink, to get an inky drawing on the reverse.
The three techniques could also be combined to create a multi-layered print.
Thanks for having me Arnolfini.

My next workshop for people from 16+ is at Hamilton House on Feb 11th from 17.30-20.30. Please scroll down my blog here for more details.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Woodland inspired Monopinting with stencils

Tuesday 11th Feb 2014 / 17.30-20.30

This is a workshop based on the theme of ancient woodland, where participants learn a unique printing technique, which is easy to do at home, without needing specific printing facilities or expensive materials. The process starts with a rough sketch/design. 
This design is then cut into stencils using a craft knife. 
Beautiful colours of ink are then mixed and a durathene roller is used to apply ink through the gaps in the stencils, also referred to as pochoir
We will experiment with layering the inks to achieve different textures and effects to create a woodland-inspired print which you can take home. 

The participants also have the choice to work their designs onto a set of five greetings cards to take away with them. 

Its a three hour workshop, with all materials provided for £25. 

Its advisable to wear clothing you don't mind getting ink on, or bring an apron. 
If you have any woodland inspired imagery to jog your imagination on the day then please bring that. 

To book on you can pay securely over paypal, if you visit this blog.
To get to my workshop, scroll down to the very bottom and click buy now. 

Hope to see you there

Let's Make Art

Last year I helped Karen and Alice with one of their art sessions for young children, on their inset day. It was a great morning chatting to the ladies, with small children of their own and helping out with lots of fun activities. This included collage, play dough and making spoon people, to name but a few.

The lovely ladies are busy in Bristol doing lots of creative workshops with youngsters. 

To see what else they're up to this year head to their Facebook page

The first is a charity event for British Heart Foundation at the Island on 15th Feb.
They are also finalising events at the RWA, a new play cafe in Bedminster and their own 'recycled' themed course for preschoolers.
Very exciting. 

Which reminds me, my next mono printing workshop is on in less than a month at Hamilton House.
February 11th 2014 // 17.30pm - 20.30pm. //All materials supplied // £25

More details to follow...