Course


Soft Woodcut, Linocut & Vinyl

Soft Woodcut Linocut & Vinyl with Helen Brown

Learn how to create colourful, relief images by creating blocks to print on the traditional, hand pulled Colombian and Albion presses. 

On this course you will have the opportunity to create blocks using Soft wood, Lino and Vinyl.

For beginners, the courses will begin with a ‘hands on’ demonstration, a talk to present the potential of the medium and the variety of techniques available. Correct use of the tools will be taught, with experimentation using a small block before moving onto personal designs. 

For those who are experienced or returning artists - participants will be able to further develop their imagery and techniques with individual guidance from the tutor.

The course will provide the opportunity to explore different Relief printing techniques, such as -

Blends of ink - blending two or more coloured inks together on the block

Chine Colle – the use of coloured papers 

Jigsaw – the cutting up of the block into interlocking pieces to enable multiple colours

Reduction – making multi-coloured, layered prints from one block by incrementally and systematically removing different parts of the block. 

Multiple blocks - using more than one block to make a layered image 

Textured printing - using found materials to add texture

On shorter courses, you will not have time to cover all the techniques above. These can be explored by taking further courses. 

Materials included in the Course - inks, Chine Colle papers, glue, two small starter blocks, rags, gloves and cleaning materials. 

Additional blocks and paper are not included and can be purchased from the studio. Block prices start at £1 and paper at 15p.

All courses are suitable for beginners and experienced artists, unless specifically listed as ‘Returning Students only’. Courses are short to allow participants to test the medium with the potential to take multiple courses, one after the other, to further develop their imagery using multiple, printing techniques. 

Small class size – 4/5 people

Helen Brown, is a Printmaker and teacher with over 20 years of experience in teaching.

COVID-19 - Covid secure measures are in place in the studio at all times. Please wear a mask, unless you are exempt, your temperature will be taken on entry, wash your hands using the anti-bacterial soap and respect the social distancing rules.  Information will be given at the start of each course. Please see our Information page for full details.

Booking - please use the Paypal button below to book or contact us via phone or email. 

By booking on to this course, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions, found here.

These courses are extremely popular and fill up quickly. Even if a course is listed as Full, please email in your interest as we always hold a waiting list as spaces sometimes become available at short notice. 

Weekly Course

Wednesday Evenings

6.30pm – 9.30pm

26th May - 2nd June - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

16th June - 23rd June - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

30th June - 7th July - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

14th July - 21st July - 2 weeks - £60

Dates

Or contact the studio to book this course

It is possible to take more than one course, one after another (or with a gap) and continue on to develop more advanced printing methods.

If you pay using PayPal, we will contact you to confirm your payment has been received and that you have a place on the course. If the Paypal says the course is full, contact us, we may have a space.

You are also welcome to pay by card over the phone, cash, BACS or a cheque payable to 'bip-Art Ltd' - Please contact us to book your place on the course.

We except all major credit/debit cards except American Express.

Thursday Mornings

10.30am - 1.30pm

27th May - 3rd June - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

17th June - 1st July - 3 weeks - £90 

8th July - 15th July - 2 weeks - £60

Dates

Or contact the studio to book this course

It is possible to take more than one course, one after another (or with a gap) and continue on to develop more advanced printing methods.

Friday Mornings

10.30am - 1.30pm

14th May - 21st May - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

28th May - 4th June - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

18th June - 25th June - 2 weeks - £60 - FULL

9th July - £30 - returning students only

16th July - £30 returning students only

Dates

or contact the studio to book this course

 It is possible to take more than one course, one after another (or with a gap) and continue on to develop more advanced printing methods.

Weekend Course

Saturday & Sunday - 10.30am - 4.30pm

11th & 12th September - both days - £160 

Saturday 11th September - £90

Sunday 12th September - £90

Dates

or please contact the studio, if you wish to book this course.

If you pay using PayPal, we will contact you to confirm your payment has been received and that you have a place on the course.  If the Paypal says the course is full, contact us, we may have a space.

You are also welcome to pay by card over the phone, cash, BACS or a cheque payable to 'bip-Art Ltd' - Please contact us to book your place on the course.

We except all major credit/debit cards except American Express.

All our courses are for adults of 18 years old and over.

*Course bookings - please note, if you book a place on a course in advance, we will ask for half payment to secure your place. This half payment is non-refundable. Full payment of your course must be made 14 days before the course start date. If booking onto a course, all sessions within the course need to be paid for, even if you are not able to attend them all.

To adhere to the current COVID-19 guidance, we have the following rules in place:

Masks – Please bring a mask to wear when you are in the studio. As we are only taking limited numbers of artists in the studio, you should be able to remain at a distance from the other people so we will not be enforcing a mask wearing policy for your whole session. If you are working in an area on your own or are the only person in the room, you do not have to wear a mask. However, if you are talking to someone, walking through the studio or if there are other people in the same area, we will expect you to wear a mask, unless you are exempt. 

1 - Only come to the workshop, if you are feeling well and have shown no signs of the virus in the last 14 days. 

2 - Do not attend the workshop, if somebody in your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, within the last 14 days.  

3 - On arrival at the studio, please immediately wash your hands using the anti-bacterial handwash. 

4 - Please keep two meters away from the other people in the workshop at all times. If you need to walk through the workshop to the sink, office, paper cutter, drying boards and so forth, please communicate your intention verbally or visually, if you need to pass another person in the room. Please ensure the other person has acknowledged your presence and has moved to a safe distance before you pass. 

5 - Do not approach Staff members or enter the office, please respect the two metre rule. 

6 - If you are booked on a course but feel unwell on the day, please email or ring us to cancel. We will hold your missed session as credit for you to attend on a different day. 

7 - Please provide us with your mobile number, in case we need to cancel you at short notice. We will be adhering to the above rules too and will only attend, if we are well and show no symptoms of the virus.

8 - We reserve the right to refuse access, if on arrival, you are visibly unwell or coughing. We reserve the right to ask you to leave, if you are unable to adhere to the above safety rules.

While we will do our best to clean and sterilise the communal areas and to keep the workshops as safe as we can, we emphasise that you enter at your own risk. 

Thank you, we appreciate your co-operation and look forward to seeing you in the studio.

Cancellations -
If you are unwell, displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or if somebody in your household or someone you have been in contact with, has the virus or is showing signs of the virus, within the last 14 days, please let us know and do not attend the studio. In this circumstance, we will hold your missed session as credit for you to attend on a different day. 

If, within 14 days or less of the course date, you cancel your place on the course because you cannot attend, the full course fee is non-refundable unless we manage to fill your place. If you wish to cancel your place on the course, you will need to inform us via email or letter, we do not accept cancellation by telephone. If once the course is full, we are able to fill your place, refunds are subject to a £10 admin fee. If, once the course is full and we are able to fill your place, if you wish to transfer to another course, there is a £10 admin fee.

We have limited our class numbers to respect the current COVID-19 regulations. It is important that we fill our small classes so we ask that participants honour the commitment they have made to attend, illness aside. 

Courses have small numbers and fill up quickly so it is advisable to book in advance.