If you are looking for some fun but have no idea where to start, you have come to the right place. Today, we would like to introduce you to the top creative hubs where you can participate in workshops and/or short courses and get hands-on experience of printmaking. Now, fancy getting your hands dirty?
In alphabetical order:
Check Out My Print
Check Out My Print is a London-based pop-up workshop services. They often hold a number of workshops at different locations across London. Here you can learn the process of printmaking and also get to explore other creative and crafty areas such as bookbinding and embroidery.
Our all-time favourite print destination. Ditto Press host regular workshops and events in their space down at 4 Benyon Road to help boost your understanding of the print world. From 4-colour Risograph printing to taxidermy and lino-cutting, everyone is always welcome.
East London Printmakers
Whether you are an experienced printmaker or a beginner, East London Printmakers run intense courses and workshops that are suitable for everyone on Wednesdays. Taught by top notch tutors, each workshop usually takes a maximum of 8 participants to make sure the participants have the best opportunity to learn and discuss ideas.
The classes at Edinburgh Printmakers cover everything it takes to become an expert in printmaking. You can start by learning the basics in a choice of different introductory classes, join their weekend or evening courses or spend your summer exploring the process of Stone Lithography or the Japanese woodblock printing. Amazing, right?
Hello Print Studio
With homely atmosphere, Hello Print Studio offers a mixture of workshops including screen-printing, etching, linocut, woodcut and letterpress. All classes are designed to help inspire and prompt you to work/produce prints independently. They also offer a one-to-one printmaking tuition for those who decide to go for a more tailored approach.
Hot Bed Press
‘Eat, Sleep, Print, Repeat… Eat, Sleep, Print, Repeat..’ is the mantra of Hot Bed Press. From silkscreen to Risographology, Relief Printing to book arts, and etching workshops, it’s their mission to keep your fingers inky.
London Centre for Book Arts
The UK’s one and only artist-run, open-access resource and educational centre dedicated to book arts. They work closely with independent designers and artists through teaching and access to specialist facilities. Their first-rate workshops include foil blocking, letterpress, bookbinding and many other related disciplines.
London Print Studio
London Print Studio are a non-profit and artist-run organising providing educational resources in the graphic arts for artists, independent organisations, education institutions, and the public. Their courses feature a range of print programmes including screen-printing, Intaglio, letterpress, and photography. What’s more, their MA Printmaking course also runs in conjunction with New Buckinghamshire University in order to develop innovative professional printmakers.
If you are in East Sussex and want to learn everything about letterpress, Lucky Budgie offer a one-day course for you to explore the realm of type setting, poster design, and printmaking. This course focuses more on the success of non-traditional techniques and will teach you to be creative with type.
If you are looking to create your own t-shirt or lampshade design, then Luma Studio is perfect for you. Based in East-London, Luma Studio tries to bridge the gulf of emerging talents and the professionals by offering a good deal of print workshops to teach participants every skill they need to get ready for the big industry. Have I mentioned a stack of prints to take home with you at the end of the day?
Lux Darkroom provide a wide range of intense programmes spanning from analogue photography and alternative processes workshops which include B&W darkroom, cyanotype, salt printing, photopolymer gravure and enlarged analogue and digital negatives for alternative processes. They are also designed to help you stimulate your own creativity and get inspired.
If you are a big fan of stationery, colour pencils, and sketchbooks, then you’ll love Medium. Operating as part of the Corn Exchange’s growing designer-maker community, Medium also run regular workshops and events offering you a variety of fun and experimental sessions.
New North Press
At New North Press, they believe that “..the passing on of knowledge is key to letterpress’ survival.” and we couldn’t agree more. Hence, participants can enjoy and experience the entire process from composition (hand-setting, spacing and locking up type) to printing (inking and pulling the press). Whether or not you have a design background, the workshops here should be of interest to fans of typography.
Print Club London
Besides their extensive range of screen-printed posters, Print Club London also offer screen-printing workshops taught by professional and experienced printers. You will be provided with technical skills to improve your sense of layout and composition.
Sonsoles Print Studio
Sonsoles Print Studio is a fully equipped and open-access studio situated in a friendly warehouse down in Peckham. You can start from one of their introductory courses if you have no experience in screen-printing. Otherwise, take your pick from weekend classes, evening classes and much more!
St Bride Foundation
For more than a century, St Bride Foundation has served as a social, cultural and recreational centre for the international creative and print community. This is an opportunity for you to learn the printing techniques in one of London’s most prestigious historic sites. And besides technical skills, you will also learn key theories of the printing technology.
Thames Barrier Print Studio
One of the largest open-access print studios in London. With different options spanning from expert and fun training in screen-printing (on paper and textiles), traditional and photographic etching, relief, photo lithography and letterpress, Thames Barrier Print Studio support and enable participants to become an independent printmaker and to use printing as their artistic/creative practice.
The Print Project
Situated in West Yorkshire, The Print Project are an expert in letterpress printing. They offer highly-regarded courses in letterpress to enhance your creativity with type and colourful inks. We promise their classes appeal to anyone of all ages and backgrounds.
The Private Press
Another screen-printing workshops hosted by a contemporary studio in Brighton. The Private Press love to experiment with interesting inks, including fluorescents and metallics and interference inks, and unusual paper stock. All their workshops are small, only 1-2 people, and bespoke. Not to mention their economical fee per session, well, enough said.
We Make Here
Last but not least. We Make Here is renowned for their lino printed goods and workshops. For those who cannot commit to endless weeks of classes, it’s here where you can meet people and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea while you learn new, exciting skills. Besides lino-cutting and screen-printing workshops, you can also learn to create papercut artworks here as well. Sounds fun right?
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