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Pick 'n' Mix Printmaking

Starting from 8th of May, 11 or 12 of September OR the 23rd or 24th of October we're running six evening classes exploring printmaking techniques. Join in with as many as you like - perfect for picking and choosing how you want to experiment! Sign up for one, two or more Pick 'n' Mix Printmaking classes, join in for all of them, or just book one at a time. Each evening will explore a different type of process, often using lo-tech and immediate techniques so you can explore, create, experiment, have fun and learn along the way. Choose the workshop you want to book and select the corresponding date below. You can easily add multiple dates to your basket. There are three courses available to book onto - two which run over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, and the other 6 consecutive Thursday evenings. Week 1 - Drypoint Etching - 8th May, 11th or 12th of September or 23rd or 24th of October Explore line and tone drawing and different inking techniques using etching needles and a sheet of acrylic. Printing onto paper and plaster. Week 2 - Instant Collagraph -15th May, 18th or 19 September, or 30th or 31st of October Using a mixture of household and stationery materials to create an instant printable highly textured plate. Week 3 - Mono Screen Printing -22nd May, or 25th or 26th of September, or 6th or 7th of November Create a painterly monoprint with a screen and screen printing inks. Week 4 - Embossing - 29th May, or 2nd or 3rd of October, or 13th or 14th of November. Create an embossed image using cut card, found objects and an array of other materials. Week 5 - Letterpress - 5th June, or 9th or 10th of October, or 20th or 21st of November Explore a word or phrase or make images with type, using our extensive letterpress collection.

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Screenprinting Developer Classes

Screenprinting Developer classes consists of 6 separate evenings. Screenprinter James Harrison will lead a series of in-depth demonstrations to aid you in developing your skills in each 3 hour session. Through examples, demonstrations and conversations, you will gain an understanding of what is needed to bring your screenprinting practice to the next level. This class is for people with recent screen printing experience. Please do not book if you are not familiar with the basics of screenprinting. Choose the class you want and book on that date. You can add multiple classes to your basket. Wed 25th of April - Alingment Techniques and registration Print projects require problem solving, where one alignment process, such as acetate alignment, may not suffice to create certain types of screen prints. During this advanced course participants will learn the various alignment process that are required to produce a variety of screen prints. Participants will learn about screen and paper stretch, tecniques that are required for artwork to fit together, how to set up tight registration projects and tips and tricks to help align artwork. Thu 2nd of May - Mono printing, Clean Flats and Colour Blending Although they may look simple, clean flat areas and smooth colour blends can be difficult to print consistently. This course will teach the technicalities that come with printing clean flats and setting up screens for printing colour blends. Participants will then be able to use pre-exposed screens to try out mono printing, painting directly onto the screen to create one-of-a-kind prints of their paintings through a variety of separations. Thu 16th of May - Large Format printing Large format printing can be a technical aspect of screen printing that requires consideration and thought before artwork is produced. During this course participants will be shown how to set-up the arm and learn about the natural things that may technically arise during the production of lage-scale screenprinting. This will include screen stretching, climatising paper, printing large format acetates and getting artwork to fit. Thu 23rd of May - Creating Screenprint Editions Editioning can be a complex part of screen printing where consistency is particularly important to create a uniform set of prints. This course will teach participants various tips, tricks and techniques that may be useful during the editioning process. This will include preparing deckled paper, preparing screens, artwork alignment, how to strain inks, proofing prints and printing editions. Image: James Harrison

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Multi Plate Etching Masterclass with Bronwen Sleigh

On Sat 25 & Sun 26 of May , Bronwen will introduce the etching processes which is integral to her own practice. The course covers the process of layering colour images in etching as well as line drawing on copper plates using hard ground and adding tone through aquatint. Drawing inspired by architecture is an important element of Bronwen's approach, though this course encourages drawing with line from a subject matter that is relevant to you. Working directly on copper plates, learn how to make two corresponding plates and print them in perfect register. This etching weekend course provides the perfect opportunity to advance your etching skills and techniques. For people with some previous experience in etching, adding a second plate adds a number of creative possibilities and this weekend gives you the time to learn how. During the course participants will work on two copper etching plates, and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce one colour image during the course, learning essential skills of registration. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches). Born in 1980 and raised in Mid-Wales, Bronwen Sleigh received her BA from the Glasgow School of Art and MA from the Royal College of Art, where she was selected for a six-week exchange to The University of Calgary, Canada. She has worked for The Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools as a Print Fellow and at Edinburgh Printmakers as their etching technician and collaborating printer. Bronwen works in printmaking, drawing and sculpture, taking inspiration from manmade structures set within a wide variety of landscapes. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Bronwen Sleigh

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Screenprinting - Expanded Practice (3 day)

From Sat 25 - Mon 27 May, this 3-day extended course will give you the opportunity to expand on the skills you will acquire by developing your prints for more time with the guidance of Screenprint Technician James Harrison, or taking what you have learned and creating a new multi-layered print from the beginning. After 3 days you will be comfortable and very familiar with the screenprinting process, and have had time to experiment with different inks, layering approaches and exposure techniques. Participants can produce a wide range of detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, stencil-cutouts, photocopied images, text and much more. Participants will learn the intricacies of the screenprint process, how to coat and expose screens and how to print several coloured layers onto fine art paper. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, developing it from idea to final printed work. Paper size will be approximately A3 with the printed area being around A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Photo: Adam Wilson

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Cyanotype - Taster Workshop

On Saturday 25 May, learn about Cyanotype or ‘blue print’ - one of photography’s oldest printing methods. Reminiscent of the alchemists of yesteryear, you can use a negative image on acetate, a drawing on tracing paper, or even real objects, to create a stunning image without a camera. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and through her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obstained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee where she also completed her MFA in Arts & Humanities. ABOUT TASTER WORKSHOPS Please note that short Taster workshops are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this workshop, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend/evening course or refresher/induction class before becoming a member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Family Print Club

Full Price tickets = 1 Adult + 1 Child Family Print Club – These Sunday Funday sessions are designed for different generations to share an experience, explore some printmaking techniques, and have some fun into the bargain. 28 Jan: Experience your lego bricks in a completely new way! Ink up your bricks to create fun patterns and images. 25 Feb: Collage printing – create multi-coloured images with this fun technique using cut and layered inked up shapes. 31 Mar: Prints from the recycling bin – use cardboard, plastic and other materials to create some imaginative prints. 28 Apr: Mono screen printing - paint and print with a screen and a rainbow of colours. 26 May: Letterpress and simple bookmaking make some simple books and embellish them with lettering from our extensive collection of wooden letterpress blocks 30 June : Make your own family flag. Print on fabric and get creative while making your own family flag Price shown per session. Book one session or more as required. Early bird price: 1 adult + 1 child Full Price: 1 adult + 1 child Less than 1 week in advance: £35 for 1 adult + 1 child. Additional adult £20 Additional child £8

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Print Studio Open Evening

If you are a Printmaker or Artist interested in becoming a Member of our world class Print Studio, join us for an informal open evening. There will be a 15 minute tour of our facilities and then you'll have the chance to speak to our Studio Staff and current Members to get a feel for what it's like working in the Studio. Visitors will also be able to join in on our exclusive Members' event Print and Tell, which offers current Members the opportunity to share some of their work and stories relating to Print. This event is free but booking is essential. We look forward to welcoming you to the Studio!

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Stone Litho Refresher Session

Stone Litho Refresher Sessions offer an opportunity to consolidate skills, gain valuable printmaking experience and spend time in the studio with dedicated staff support. During each session there will be a demonstration of a particular technique or process following which there is time and opportunity for you to develop your own prints. Unlike our more structured weekend courses, refresher courses can be used to develop your own prints at your own pace and explore whichever aspects of a process are more interesting or relevant to you. Time spent in refresher sessions gives you experience and counts towards your workshop induction so you become familiar with using the studio. Once you have attended a few of these sessions you are able to come back and take out a membership to use the studio outside of class hours and under your own steam. -Bring a notebook- Lithography has many steps, so please bring a notebook so you can refer back to your notes when you work independently in the studio. Who are they for? -For lapsed members of EP -Printmakers with good experience in that process but new to EP -People who have completed a weekend course in Stone Lithography but are looking for some more support/assistance to build up confidence/experience before working in the studio Please Note This course is NOT suitable for people with no experience in Stone Lithography - (our weekend access courses are intended for those new to a process) If you are unsure if you are suitably experienced to attend, we ask that you email us in advance of booking at alastair.clark@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk with the following information: - When was the last time you did stone litho? - What courses have you attended and where? - Do you have examples of prints you have printed yourself using this process and can you send a photo? - What other print studios have you worked in? Some people will be required to attend more than one refresher session before gaining access to membership and working unassisted in the print studio. This will be dependant on each individuals previous experience and the complexity of the particular print process.

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Edinburgh Printmakers Culture Conversations

As part of our current interactive exhibition Whose Gallery Is It Anyway? we are hosting a series of panel conversation with invited expert speakers, to dwell more into the question raised with this project. Join us four Thursdays between May and June at 6.30-8pm to discuss the role of open-access printmaking spaces; speculate on the future of culture in the historically industrial Fountainbridge area; consider how the relationship between curators, artists and audience is changing and forging new opportunities; what purpose do museums have today and what commitments can they make to their communities. These events are ticketed and will take place in person at Castle Mills in our main Gallery, as well as online. The link to the event will be sent to attendees the day before each panel. Please check our website for full details on each evening conversation and invited speakers. Thursday 30th May - What does it mean to be an open access printmaking space? Thursday 13th June - How can Edinburgh Printmakers contribute to the exciting role of placemaking for Fountainbridge? Thursday 20th June - Is the relationship between artist, curator and audience changing? What kinds of opportunities does this open up? Thursday 27th June - What does it mean to be a museum in Scotland in 2024? How should Edinburgh Printmakers approach making its collection available to the public and researchers as a new museum in Fountainbridge?

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Drink and Print

On the last Friday of most months, have a drink and get creative with printmaking. Soft drinks will be provided. You can bring a small amount of your own alcohol. This event is a great opportunity to visit EP, socialise and get inspired! It's a surprise, so on the day you could be doing one of any of the following techniques: Kitchen sink lithography - using some surprising materials, found in the kitchen, and a little bit of science magic, you’ll create your own individual series of prints. Drypoint etching from the recycling bin - We’ve done the hard work for you and raided the recycling bin so that you can try out this rewarding technique using drinks cans / tetrapac / or plastic milk cartons to create a dry point etched plate to ink up and print. Instant Collagraph - create a multi coloured print using this jigsaw style approach to printmaking , using textured wallpaper and other materials. Word Up! - Using our extensive collection of wooden letterpress, you will have the opportunity to play with words using colour, layout, and pattern. Mono Screenprint - This free form approach to screen printing allows you to explore mark-making and colour in a spontaneous way, using ink, graphite and charcoal.

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Photo Plate Lithography Weekend

On 1&2 June or 5&6 October, experiment with all the freedom and subtlety of a lithograph without grinding stones and with minimal processing. Explore layering images in colour to create painterly prints with a delicacy of mark and tone, characteristic to this medium. This course concentrates on using light sensitive aluminium photo plates. These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images, photographs, digital images and text. Participants will learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. Find out more about photo plate lithography on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Archiving Botany through Printmaking

On Sat 8 & Sun 9 June - learn how to create stunning softground etchings based on your botanical findings. You will start off with a stroll along the beautiful Union Canal, a short walk from Edinburgh Printmakers. On your walk you will learn to identify, collect and arrange plants to bring them back to the studio. You will then learn how to dry the plants and create beautiful etchings of your chosen botanic arrangements. This course is assissted by botanist Toby Mills from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Monotype Masterclass with Kittie Jones

On 8 & 9 June - Kittie will introduce you to this unique printmaking technique, based around discoveries made in her own print practice. Initially, time will be spent exploring monochrome rub-away processes considering tone and mark. You will then be shown how to layer with colour to create rich and complex one-off prints. During this masterclass, you will be guided through the processes used by the artist including working with layers of transparent colour and rub-away drawing techniques to create unique, painterly prints. Kittie will share insights into her own process of bringing lively sketches made outdoors into the print studio. Kittie Jones is an artist and educator based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008 and now works from her studio in Leith, regularly exhibiting around the UK. Kittie's practice focuses on drawing and printmaking - she produces mixed media drawings on paper, multi-layered monotypes, and small edition screenprints. Kittie is inspired by the full sensory experience of time spent outdoors, most often along the east coast of Scotland. Much of her work is completed outside, and other sketches provide a starting point for prints and studio drawings. Booking over a month in advance? Book our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Kittie Jones

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Painterly Screenprints with Gillian Murray

On 20& 21 April, or 15&16 June or 9&10 November - accomplished artist and printmaker Gillian Murray will be focusing on the hand-drawn, low tech, and painterly use of the medium. Create screenprint layers without computers using brushes and paint, drawing materials, and with the aid of photo emulsion. Explore colour mixing, layering, and mark making. This course is particularly suitable for those interested in approaching printmaking with an emphasis on drawing and painting, taking inspiration from Gillian through a hands-on approach to screenprinting. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Toyobo Weekend

On the 20&21 April OR the 15&16 June Or the 12&13 of October, learn all about Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) with Leena Nammari RSA. An innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe, Toyobo produces results similar to the 19th century process of photogravure. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce one A5 image. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Experience of Photoshop is advisable to make the most of the course. Comprehensive step-by-step notes will be provided. If possible, bring your laptop with you, and it is preferable if you have photoshop or photoshop express installed. If you do not have a laptop, please bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints to be scanned. There are limited communal computers at EP. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine, and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and though her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, where she also compelted her MFA in Arts & Humanities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Printing with Paper Pulp

Paper pulp printing is a beautiful process where you use a silksceen to 'print' with coloured paper fibres onto freshly made sheets of paper. Using no inks, we are printing with fine paper pulp and the image becomes part of the paper. Bring along some of your own drawn or photographic images. Images that work best are linear, or simple and graphic with high tonal contrast. Be sure to wear old clothes and remove jewellery as paper pulp can be messy. You will be putting your arms in water, so please make sure you can roll up your sleeves. Please remember that paper making is wet and messy and participants will be standing for most of the time.

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Relief Printing Weekend

On 13&14 April, 22&23 June, 27&28 July, 5&6 October or 14&15 December - explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing (printing multiple layers from the same block, revealing colours through carving). On the 14th & 15th of December this weekend course will have a special festive theme. You can print cards, wrapping paper, or a beautiful fine art print to gift to a loved one. Book on to the 14th of December to join this special workshop! Please note - from the 27th of July, this course will slightly change to have an emphasis on working with wood. It will be titled Wood Cut Printing Weekend, and will cover the same techniques but giving you more insight into working with the subtlety of wood, it's grain and how to print multiple colours with it. The skills learned will also be applicable to lino printing. This course is very hands-on, practical, and fun. You will be trying out lino &/or Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types so paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital file we can print out. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Early bird booking discount available for bookings made 1 month prior to the start date. You can find out more about relief printing on our YouTube channel, here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Anupa Gardner

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Screenprinting Weekend

On the last weekend of most months, learn all about the dynamic and colorful process of screenprinting. This type of stencil can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images and text. Participants will learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. To print, the screen is attached to a printing press and acrylic based ink is pushed through the screen mesh onto paper using a squeegee blade. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, creating 3-4 layers of colour onto paper. The process is explored through hands-on practice where participants learn the practical skills involved in making a screenprint. Paper size (& maximum image size) on the course is approximately 28 x 38cm. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! Learn more about screen printing on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Screenprinting Masterclass with Kelly Stewart

On the 29&30 June, students will explore a combination of mark-making, drawing, and found imagery to layer up in the screenprint process over a 2 day workshop by artist and printmaker Kelly Stewart. Benefit from Kelly's unique and wonderful style of creating by working closely with her to learn the basics of screenprinting from a loose and painterly perspective. Bring along drawings and ideas and source material to be developed into a print. Individual layers will be exposed onto screens and printed by hand, creating imagery with a view to exploration and experimentation. Participants will receive guidance and support to produce unique multi-layered prints while having a great time in the process. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! Image: Kelly Stewart

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Stone Lithography Summer Course

From Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 July, join us for our Stone Lithography Summer School with experienced lithographer and artist Alastair Clark. Stone Lithography, the original type of lithography, is still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This four day course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Learn how to paint with water-tusche washes, achieving the astonishing 'reticulated washes' peculiar to stone lithography. Initially focusing on learning the process and working in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making using tusche crayon and wash as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking a number of prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. Move on to look at how to add additional colours to produce layered colour prints. During the course we will work to aprox. A3: 28 x 38.5cm Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Duncan Marquiss Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We partner with StayCity Aparthotels and can offer preferred rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Drawn and Painterly Approaches to Etching Summer Course

On 13, 14 & 15 of July join us for painterly & drawn approaches to etching with Jessica Crisp. This three day course provides the perfect introduction to the medium of etching focusing on its use as a drawing and painting process. The course will start with a technical grounding, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. Following that, you will have time to develop plates using both copper and zinc to explore images and ways of creating images exploiting their etcherly qualities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We partner with StayCity Aparthotels and they may be able to offer preffered rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Collagraph Summer Course

20-22 July: join artist and printmaker Gillian Murray to develop with ample time your collagraph skills. This three day course will give plenty of opportunities to explore this technique. The first day will show you how to make and print your plate and the subsequent two days will give you time to develop the technique on new plates experimenting with chine collé, relief rolls, blind emboss and colours. A collagraph print is an impression taken from a collaged and textured plate. The plate in this case is mountboard on which your image is constructed using a variety of textured materials such as embossed wallpaper, cut out shapes, stickers, stamps, tissue, etc as well as gesso, glue, grit and cutting to make marks on the mountboard. Once finished and sealed with varnish, the plate is inked up and printed through an etching press. This creates rich textures and an embossed surface. Gillian Murray Biography: Gillian studied Fine Art (Printmaking) at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1993. After a move to Edinburgh she became an employee at Edinburgh Printmakers in 1996 until 2017. This involved working on print projects with a host of local, national and international artists as well as teaching courses in screenprinting and collagraphs. She now dedicates more time to creating her own artwork as well as freelance teaching and editioning. In her own work she is facinated by the landscape from the textures and colours to it's form and composition. She is a professional member of the SSA and has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotland's most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course. Image: Gillian Murray, Inner Sound, Loch Carron, screenprint and collagraph, 2022

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Screenprinting Summer Course

This course is split over 20, 21, 22, 23 July the 4-day expanded practice summer course will give you the opportunity to expand on the skills you will acquire by developing your prints for more time with the guidance of Screenprint Technician James Harrison, or taking what you have learned and creating a new multi-layered print from the beginning. After 4 days you will be comfortable and very familiar with the screen printing process, and have had time to experiment with different inks, layering approaches and exposure techniques. Participants can produce a wide range of detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, stencil-cutouts, photocopied images, text and much more. Participants will learn the intricacies of the screen print process, how to coat and expose screens and how to print several coloured layers onto onto fine art paper.. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, developing it from idea to final printed work. Paper size will be approximately A3 with the printed area being around A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Adam Wilson Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We also partner with StayCity Aparthotels and can offer preferred rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Botanical Printmaking - Summer School

From 3-5 August this 3-day summer school will explore the possibilities of Botanical Printmaking, combining Eco print and Soft ground Etching. We will gather plant material from the local area, looking at examples of commonly found dye plants around the Edinburgh Printmakers Building and in the courtyard garden, discussing their properties and the colours they can give us. Ecoprint is the process of printing directly with plant material. During a steaming process the tannins in the plant materials will react to leave beautifully intricate impressions on the paper. Soft ground Etching is the process by which we can press plant material into a soft tacky round and Etch delicate impressions of the flowers or leaves into metal plates. Over the course of the summer school we will experiment, combine and overlay these two processes, creating prints directly from the natural colour and shapes of plants. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Colour Plate Lithography - Summer School

On 3-5 August, combine plate lithography and monoprinting techniques in this exploratory 3-day workshop, led by printmaker and artist Alastair Clark. Start by working on acetates with various drawing, painting or digital materials and then exposing these directly onto an aluminium photo plate. These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, liner drawings, digital images, photographs and text. Then delve into layering, printing plates and exploring how to build prints up in colours using lithography and combining simple monoprinting techniques and dive into some colour theory along the way. This hands on 3 day course will allow for a playful exploration of how to approach lithography in a creative way, harnessing the delicacy of mark and tone characteristic to this medium. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Relief Printing Summer Course

On Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August, explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. During this course participants will explore practicalities of reduction printing using Japanese ply and multi block printing using etched lino. You will be shown various methods of registration, and print a small edition. This four day course is very hands-on, practical and fun. You will be trying out lino and Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types of paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Image: Anupa Gardner Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Toyobo Summer Course - Relief and Intaglio

From 17-19 August 2024, learn all about Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) with Leena Nammari RSA. This 3-day course explores Toyobo, an innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe. Toyobo produces results similar to the 19th century process of photogravure. This course will teach you how to utilise Toyobo to create both intaglio and relief process. It will also give you ample time to introuduce other flairs to your printed work like á la poupeé and chine collée. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce one A5 image. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Experience of Photoshop is advisable to make the most of the course. Comprehensive step-by-step notes will be provided. If possible, bring your laptop with you, and it is preferable if you have photoshop or photoshop express installed. If you do not have a laptop, please bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints to be scanned. There are limited communal computers at EP. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine, and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and though her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, where she also compelted her MFA in Arts & Humanities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Relief Printing - Evening Course

From Thursday 9 May, Tuesday 3 September or Thursday 7 November (taking place over a series of six weeks), explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold and dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing. This course is very hands-on, practical, and fun. You will be trying out lino & Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types of paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! You can find out more about relief printing on our YouTube channel, here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Alastair Kinroy

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Etching - Evening Course

From 7 Feb (taking place over a series of six weeks), this Etching Evening Course provides the perfect introduction to etching, exploring innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Etching Weekend Course

On 9&10 March, 11&12 May, 7&8 September of 9&10 November - join us for an etching weekend course. Etching Weekend Courses provide the perfect introduction to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. During the course participants will work on two etching plates, one copper and one zinc, introducing them to both of the metals and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce two images over the course (one on each metal) making use of a combination of techniques in each plate. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches) A 15% Early Bird discount is available for bookings made 1 month prior to the start date! Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Screenprinting in Full Colour - Advanced Theory and Practice with Ros Lawless

In this two-day course join printmaker and artist Rosalind Lawless for an in depth exploration of colour and colour theory through the process of screen printing. Throughout this weekend class you will become more confident in using colour and understanding its variables. Screenprinting is a fantastic process for achieving variety of hues and colours through the process of ratio to ink/medium and overlaying, which will be introduced and developed upon during this class. In this hands-on weekend course Ros will provide tuiton and support in relation to colour mixing, utilising transparency, layer and colour theory while printing one of your own projects. Experience with screen printing is preferable. About the tutor: Rosalind Lawless is a printmaker, artist and educator based in Glasgow. She has been the recipient of the R.S.A William Littlejohn Award and the R.S.A Residencies for Scotland Award, Peacock and the Worm. In 2019 she was awarded a scholarship at the International Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, she was shortlisted for the AnnaLober/Dusseldorf Exchange and was awarded the Bet Low Trust Award. Her work has recently been acquired by the NAtional Galleries of Modern Art, Edinburgh and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. This course entitles you to a 3-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Mokulito - Weekend Course

On Sat 18 & Sun 19 May or the 21st & 22nd of September join us to learn how to print using the mokolito technique, also know as wood lithography - a unique form of printmaking. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, the process uses plywood as the printing surface and draws on the principles of lithography, specifically the antipathy between grease and water. Greasy materials, such as tusche, crayons and autographic inks are used to draw and paint imagery on the sanded plywood matrix and then processed. Mokulito has the benefit that additional reductive marks can be cut into the surface as with relief printing, so that when printed the drawn and cut marks sit together with the ghostly impressions of the wood grain to create a beautiful, contrasted image. This course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird discount for 15% off! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Stone Lithography - Evening Course

From 11 April or 24 September (taking place over a series of six weeks on Thursdays), explore the original type of lithography still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. Taking place over six evenings, this course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking several prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to approximately A3 size: 28 x 38.5cm Find out more about stone lithography on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Monotype with Kittie Jones - Expanded Practice (3 day)

From Saturday to Monday on the 28, 29, 30 September 2024 - Kittie Jones, acclaimed artist and printmaker, will introduce you to this unique printmaking technique, all based around the discoveries made in her own practice. Initially, time will be spent exploring monochrome rub-away processes considering tone and mark. You will then be shown how to layer with colour to create rich and complex one-poff prints. During this expanded three-day masterclass, you will be guided through the processes used by Kittie including working with layers of transparent colour and rub-away drawing techniques to create unique painterly prints. Kittie will share insights into her process of bringing lively sketches made outdoors into the print studio. Kittie Jones is an artist and educator based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008 and now works from her studio in Leith, regularly exhibiting around the UK. Kittie's practice focuses on drawing and printmaking - she produces mixed media drawings on paper, multi-layered monotypes, and small edition screenprints. Kittie is inspired by the full sensory experience of time spent outdoors, most often along the east coast of Scotland. Much of her work is completed outside, and other sketches provide a starting point for prints and studio drawings. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Kittie Jones

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Relief Printing - Advanced Course with Anupa Gardner

On the 6th and 7th of April or the 12th and 13th of October - this course is ideal for individuals who have previously participated in our relief weekend or evening classes, or those with some background in relief printing seeking to enhance their skills with established artist and printmaker Anupa Gardner. You will learn how to etch lino and combine it with traditional cutting. You will also be shown how to create multi block prints and register your blocks on the press. You will have the opportunity to try out mark making with dremel, paper stencilling, Chine colle, and combining collagraph with relief printing. On the Saturday participants will explore different 'resists' and build up layers of etch on their lino blocks using caustic soda paste while also using traditional cutting methods. There will be the opportunity to create a collagraph block and proof the blocks. Later in the day participants will be introduced to colour, multiplate printing, and registration. On the Sunday participants will continue working on their blocks for a short period of time. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to exploring various printmaking techniques, such as Chine colle, paper stencilling, and combining collagraph with relief printing. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Anupa Gardner

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Collagraph Masterclass with Gillian Murray

On the 16&17 March OR 18&19 May OR the 19th & 20th of October; join us to draw on Gillian Murray's vast experience of working in collagraph. A collagraph is a print taken from a collaged plate. This weekend course allows ample time and opportunity to explore this deceptively simple and versatile technique. The course will explore making plates using different types of materials such as wallpaper, feathers, leaves and string, sticking them down onto a piece of card which is then varnished. When ready, the ‘plate’ is then inked up and printed onto paper creating rich textures and an embossed surface. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Gillian Murray

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Etching Weekend Advanced Course - with Jessica Crisp

On 26&27 October: this course is ideal for those who have previously particapated in our Etching Weekend or Evening classes, or those with some background in Etching who are seeking to enhance their skills. With established artist and printmaker Jessica Crisp. This weekend course will cover, Coffee Lift: painting directly onto the etching plate with a solution of coffee for painterly positive mark making. Copper Spit bite: We will go through application of aquatint, and trouble shooting with aquatint plates, set up of safe mordant working area, use of concentrated ferric chloride, timings and cumulative etching. Use of Crayon lift to experiment with positive drawn crayon marks on copper plates. Crayon lift is based on the resistance beyween oil and water and can be seen in full effect in the work of Barbara Rae and John Bellany. Experimenting in depth with Inking up techniques for etching. Beginning with simple scrim and tissue wiping and going through hand wiping, use of hot plate, A la poupee inking and wiping and use of Chine Colle and Relief roll to layer colours.

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Screenprinting - Evening Course

From Wed 24th April or the Thur 31 October- join us for our 6-week series of screenprinting classes. This class will give participants time to learn the dynamic and colourful process of screenprinting. During this evening course, each participant will develop their screenprint practice by creating multi-layered prints using an array of techniques, from painterly washes, textures, linear drawings and photographic bitmaps to lean flat areas, colour blends and typography. This evening course will give participants the time to think, re-think, create and re-create artwork between each class, helping them delve into various aspects of their print purchase. To print, the screen is attached to a printing press and acrylic based ink is pushed through the screen mesh onto paper using a squeegee blade. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new ink layer on top of the previous. This course uses water-based inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. The process is explored through hands-on practice where participants learn practical skills involved in making a screen print. Paper size (& maximum image size) on the course is approximately 28 x 38cm. This course entitles you to a FREE 3 month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off!

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Laser Cutting Weekend

During this Laser Cutting Weekend Course on 2&3 November, you will be introduced to the use of a laser cutter and how to prepare vector files from your drawing or photograph. You'll explore how to cut or engrave a variety of materials such as paper, plywood and acrylic. You can start from original drawings or sketches, or bring digital files on a USB stick. This course is suitable for anyone interested in the use of a laser-cutter, as well as experienced printmakers interested in combining laser-cutting with traditional printmaking methods. This course is suitable for those who have no experience of laser cutting, though experience with digital imaging is highly recommended. Image: Sonia Mehra Chawla

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Stone Lithography Weekend

On 2&3 November, explore the original type of lithography still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This 2 day weekend course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking several prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to approximately A3 size: 28 x 38.5cm Find out more about stone lithography on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: James Harrison

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Photo Litho Refresher Sessions

Refresher Sessions offer an opportunity to consolidate skills, gain valuable printmaking experience and spend time in the studio with dedicated staff support. During each session there will be a demonstration of a particular technique or process following which there is time and opportunity for you to develop your own prints. Unlike our more structured weekend courses, refresher courses can be used to develop your own prints at your own pace and explore whichever aspects of a process are more interesting or relevant to you. Time spent in refresher sessions gives you experience and counts towards your workshop induction so you become familiar with using the studio. Once you have attended a few of these sessions you are able to come back and take out a membership to use the studio outside of class hours and under your own steam. Who are they for? -For lapsed members of EP -Printmakers with good experience in that process but new to EP -People who have completed a weekend course but are looking for some more support/assistance to build up confidence/experience before working in the studio Please Note This course is NOT suitable for people with NO experience in Photo Plate Lithography - (our weekend access courses are intended for those new to a process) If you are unsure if you are suitably experienced to attend, we ask that you email us in advance of booking at alastair.clark@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk with the following information: - When was the last time you did litho? - What courses have you attended and where? - Do you have examples of prints you haveprinted yourself using this process and can you send a photo? - What other print studios have you worked in? Some people will be required to attend more than one refresher session before gaining access to membership and working unassisted in the print studio. This will be dependant on each individuals previous experience and the complexity of the particular print process.

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Photo Etching Weekend

On 23&24 March or the 16&17 of November, this course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is advised. During the course participants will prepare their artwork digitally to be printed onto acetate and produce and print one photo etching plate on copper, they will also learn how to apply aquatint which can help to strengthen photo etching images. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches) Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Wood Engraving Master Class - Angie Lewin

On 27&28 April, OR 23&24 November, work with acclaimed printmaker and artist Angie Lewin to create your own beautiful and delicate wood engravings. Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process which, in contrast to woodcut, is generally smaller scale and involves engraving into the end-grain of a prepared woodblock. This method can reproduce fine detail and create a lively graphic image. During this course, you will produce a black and white print having learnt all stages of the process: transferring your initial drawing onto your woodblock, learning how to use the different engraving tools to create texture and line and finally making prints from your woodblock. Wood engraving is a slow but satisfying process. Ideally you may have some drawing skills to benefit from this workshop, but this is not essential, and this course will suit all artists. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Pick 'n' Mix Printmaking

Starting from 8th of May, 11 or 12 of September OR the 23rd or 24th of October we're running six evening classes exploring printmaking techniques. Join in with as many as you like - perfect for picking and choosing how you want to experiment! Sign up for one, two or more Pick 'n' Mix Printmaking classes, join in for all of them, or just book one at a time. Each evening will explore a different type of process, often using lo-tech and immediate techniques so you can explore, create, experiment, have fun and learn along the way. Choose the workshop you want to book and select the corresponding date below. You can easily add multiple dates to your basket. There are three courses available to book onto - two which run over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, and the other 6 consecutive Thursday evenings. Week 1 - Drypoint Etching - 8th May, 11th or 12th of September or 23rd or 24th of October Explore line and tone drawing and different inking techniques using etching needles and a sheet of acrylic. Printing onto paper and plaster. Week 2 - Instant Collagraph -15th May, 18th or 19 September, or 30th or 31st of October Using a mixture of household and stationery materials to create an instant printable highly textured plate. Week 3 - Mono Screen Printing -22nd May, or 25th or 26th of September, or 6th or 7th of November Create a painterly monoprint with a screen and screen printing inks. Week 4 - Embossing - 29th May, or 2nd or 3rd of October, or 13th or 14th of November. Create an embossed image using cut card, found objects and an array of other materials. Week 5 - Letterpress - 5th June, or 9th or 10th of October, or 20th or 21st of November Explore a word or phrase or make images with type, using our extensive letterpress collection.

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Screenprinting Developer Classes

Screenprinting Developer classes consists of 6 separate evenings. Screenprinter James Harrison will lead a series of in-depth demonstrations to aid you in developing your skills in each 3 hour session. Through examples, demonstrations and conversations, you will gain an understanding of what is needed to bring your screenprinting practice to the next level. This class is for people with recent screen printing experience. Please do not book if you are not familiar with the basics of screenprinting. Choose the class you want and book on that date. You can add multiple classes to your basket. Wed 25th of April - Alingment Techniques and registration Print projects require problem solving, where one alignment process, such as acetate alignment, may not suffice to create certain types of screen prints. During this advanced course participants will learn the various alignment process that are required to produce a variety of screen prints. Participants will learn about screen and paper stretch, tecniques that are required for artwork to fit together, how to set up tight registration projects and tips and tricks to help align artwork. Thu 2nd of May - Mono printing, Clean Flats and Colour Blending Although they may look simple, clean flat areas and smooth colour blends can be difficult to print consistently. This course will teach the technicalities that come with printing clean flats and setting up screens for printing colour blends. Participants will then be able to use pre-exposed screens to try out mono printing, painting directly onto the screen to create one-of-a-kind prints of their paintings through a variety of separations. Thu 16th of May - Large Format printing Large format printing can be a technical aspect of screen printing that requires consideration and thought before artwork is produced. During this course participants will be shown how to set-up the arm and learn about the natural things that may technically arise during the production of lage-scale screenprinting. This will include screen stretching, climatising paper, printing large format acetates and getting artwork to fit. Thu 23rd of May - Creating Screenprint Editions Editioning can be a complex part of screen printing where consistency is particularly important to create a uniform set of prints. This course will teach participants various tips, tricks and techniques that may be useful during the editioning process. This will include preparing deckled paper, preparing screens, artwork alignment, how to strain inks, proofing prints and printing editions. Image: James Harrison

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Multi Plate Etching Masterclass with Bronwen Sleigh

On Sat 25 & Sun 26 of May , Bronwen will introduce the etching processes which is integral to her own practice. The course covers the process of layering colour images in etching as well as line drawing on copper plates using hard ground and adding tone through aquatint. Drawing inspired by architecture is an important element of Bronwen's approach, though this course encourages drawing with line from a subject matter that is relevant to you. Working directly on copper plates, learn how to make two corresponding plates and print them in perfect register. This etching weekend course provides the perfect opportunity to advance your etching skills and techniques. For people with some previous experience in etching, adding a second plate adds a number of creative possibilities and this weekend gives you the time to learn how. During the course participants will work on two copper etching plates, and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce one colour image during the course, learning essential skills of registration. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches). Born in 1980 and raised in Mid-Wales, Bronwen Sleigh received her BA from the Glasgow School of Art and MA from the Royal College of Art, where she was selected for a six-week exchange to The University of Calgary, Canada. She has worked for The Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools as a Print Fellow and at Edinburgh Printmakers as their etching technician and collaborating printer. Bronwen works in printmaking, drawing and sculpture, taking inspiration from manmade structures set within a wide variety of landscapes. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Bronwen Sleigh

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Screenprinting - Expanded Practice (3 day)

From Sat 25 - Mon 27 May, this 3-day extended course will give you the opportunity to expand on the skills you will acquire by developing your prints for more time with the guidance of Screenprint Technician James Harrison, or taking what you have learned and creating a new multi-layered print from the beginning. After 3 days you will be comfortable and very familiar with the screenprinting process, and have had time to experiment with different inks, layering approaches and exposure techniques. Participants can produce a wide range of detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, stencil-cutouts, photocopied images, text and much more. Participants will learn the intricacies of the screenprint process, how to coat and expose screens and how to print several coloured layers onto fine art paper. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, developing it from idea to final printed work. Paper size will be approximately A3 with the printed area being around A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Photo: Adam Wilson

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Cyanotype - Taster Workshop

On Saturday 25 May, learn about Cyanotype or ‘blue print’ - one of photography’s oldest printing methods. Reminiscent of the alchemists of yesteryear, you can use a negative image on acetate, a drawing on tracing paper, or even real objects, to create a stunning image without a camera. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and through her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obstained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee where she also completed her MFA in Arts & Humanities. ABOUT TASTER WORKSHOPS Please note that short Taster workshops are not intended as stand-alone access courses. Due to the short nature of this workshop, we do lots of the preparation for you and streamline the process so you get a finished print at the end of the day. This does mean that you will need more training before you are self-sufficient in this process and are able to work in the studio without assistance. To use Edinburgh Printmakers open access studio facilities, you will need to attend a weekend/evening course or refresher/induction class before becoming a member. How much further training is required is based on each individual’s previous printmaking experience. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Family Print Club

Full Price tickets = 1 Adult + 1 Child Family Print Club – These Sunday Funday sessions are designed for different generations to share an experience, explore some printmaking techniques, and have some fun into the bargain. 28 Jan: Experience your lego bricks in a completely new way! Ink up your bricks to create fun patterns and images. 25 Feb: Collage printing – create multi-coloured images with this fun technique using cut and layered inked up shapes. 31 Mar: Prints from the recycling bin – use cardboard, plastic and other materials to create some imaginative prints. 28 Apr: Mono screen printing - paint and print with a screen and a rainbow of colours. 26 May: Letterpress and simple bookmaking make some simple books and embellish them with lettering from our extensive collection of wooden letterpress blocks 30 June : Make your own family flag. Print on fabric and get creative while making your own family flag Price shown per session. Book one session or more as required. Early bird price: 1 adult + 1 child Full Price: 1 adult + 1 child Less than 1 week in advance: £35 for 1 adult + 1 child. Additional adult £20 Additional child £8

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Print Studio Open Evening

If you are a Printmaker or Artist interested in becoming a Member of our world class Print Studio, join us for an informal open evening. There will be a 15 minute tour of our facilities and then you'll have the chance to speak to our Studio Staff and current Members to get a feel for what it's like working in the Studio. Visitors will also be able to join in on our exclusive Members' event Print and Tell, which offers current Members the opportunity to share some of their work and stories relating to Print. This event is free but booking is essential. We look forward to welcoming you to the Studio!

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Stone Litho Refresher Session

Stone Litho Refresher Sessions offer an opportunity to consolidate skills, gain valuable printmaking experience and spend time in the studio with dedicated staff support. During each session there will be a demonstration of a particular technique or process following which there is time and opportunity for you to develop your own prints. Unlike our more structured weekend courses, refresher courses can be used to develop your own prints at your own pace and explore whichever aspects of a process are more interesting or relevant to you. Time spent in refresher sessions gives you experience and counts towards your workshop induction so you become familiar with using the studio. Once you have attended a few of these sessions you are able to come back and take out a membership to use the studio outside of class hours and under your own steam. -Bring a notebook- Lithography has many steps, so please bring a notebook so you can refer back to your notes when you work independently in the studio. Who are they for? -For lapsed members of EP -Printmakers with good experience in that process but new to EP -People who have completed a weekend course in Stone Lithography but are looking for some more support/assistance to build up confidence/experience before working in the studio Please Note This course is NOT suitable for people with no experience in Stone Lithography - (our weekend access courses are intended for those new to a process) If you are unsure if you are suitably experienced to attend, we ask that you email us in advance of booking at alastair.clark@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk with the following information: - When was the last time you did stone litho? - What courses have you attended and where? - Do you have examples of prints you have printed yourself using this process and can you send a photo? - What other print studios have you worked in? Some people will be required to attend more than one refresher session before gaining access to membership and working unassisted in the print studio. This will be dependant on each individuals previous experience and the complexity of the particular print process.

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Edinburgh Printmakers Culture Conversations

As part of our current interactive exhibition Whose Gallery Is It Anyway? we are hosting a series of panel conversation with invited expert speakers, to dwell more into the question raised with this project. Join us four Thursdays between May and June at 6.30-8pm to discuss the role of open-access printmaking spaces; speculate on the future of culture in the historically industrial Fountainbridge area; consider how the relationship between curators, artists and audience is changing and forging new opportunities; what purpose do museums have today and what commitments can they make to their communities. These events are ticketed and will take place in person at Castle Mills in our main Gallery, as well as online. The link to the event will be sent to attendees the day before each panel. Please check our website for full details on each evening conversation and invited speakers. Thursday 30th May - What does it mean to be an open access printmaking space? Thursday 13th June - How can Edinburgh Printmakers contribute to the exciting role of placemaking for Fountainbridge? Thursday 20th June - Is the relationship between artist, curator and audience changing? What kinds of opportunities does this open up? Thursday 27th June - What does it mean to be a museum in Scotland in 2024? How should Edinburgh Printmakers approach making its collection available to the public and researchers as a new museum in Fountainbridge?

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Drink and Print

On the last Friday of most months, have a drink and get creative with printmaking. Soft drinks will be provided. You can bring a small amount of your own alcohol. This event is a great opportunity to visit EP, socialise and get inspired! It's a surprise, so on the day you could be doing one of any of the following techniques: Kitchen sink lithography - using some surprising materials, found in the kitchen, and a little bit of science magic, you’ll create your own individual series of prints. Drypoint etching from the recycling bin - We’ve done the hard work for you and raided the recycling bin so that you can try out this rewarding technique using drinks cans / tetrapac / or plastic milk cartons to create a dry point etched plate to ink up and print. Instant Collagraph - create a multi coloured print using this jigsaw style approach to printmaking , using textured wallpaper and other materials. Word Up! - Using our extensive collection of wooden letterpress, you will have the opportunity to play with words using colour, layout, and pattern. Mono Screenprint - This free form approach to screen printing allows you to explore mark-making and colour in a spontaneous way, using ink, graphite and charcoal.

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Photo Plate Lithography Weekend

On 1&2 June or 5&6 October, experiment with all the freedom and subtlety of a lithograph without grinding stones and with minimal processing. Explore layering images in colour to create painterly prints with a delicacy of mark and tone, characteristic to this medium. This course concentrates on using light sensitive aluminium photo plates. These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images, photographs, digital images and text. Participants will learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. Find out more about photo plate lithography on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Archiving Botany through Printmaking

On Sat 8 & Sun 9 June - learn how to create stunning softground etchings based on your botanical findings. You will start off with a stroll along the beautiful Union Canal, a short walk from Edinburgh Printmakers. On your walk you will learn to identify, collect and arrange plants to bring them back to the studio. You will then learn how to dry the plants and create beautiful etchings of your chosen botanic arrangements. This course is assissted by botanist Toby Mills from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Monotype Masterclass with Kittie Jones

On 8 & 9 June - Kittie will introduce you to this unique printmaking technique, based around discoveries made in her own print practice. Initially, time will be spent exploring monochrome rub-away processes considering tone and mark. You will then be shown how to layer with colour to create rich and complex one-off prints. During this masterclass, you will be guided through the processes used by the artist including working with layers of transparent colour and rub-away drawing techniques to create unique, painterly prints. Kittie will share insights into her own process of bringing lively sketches made outdoors into the print studio. Kittie Jones is an artist and educator based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008 and now works from her studio in Leith, regularly exhibiting around the UK. Kittie's practice focuses on drawing and printmaking - she produces mixed media drawings on paper, multi-layered monotypes, and small edition screenprints. Kittie is inspired by the full sensory experience of time spent outdoors, most often along the east coast of Scotland. Much of her work is completed outside, and other sketches provide a starting point for prints and studio drawings. Booking over a month in advance? Book our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Kittie Jones

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Painterly Screenprints with Gillian Murray

On 20& 21 April, or 15&16 June or 9&10 November - accomplished artist and printmaker Gillian Murray will be focusing on the hand-drawn, low tech, and painterly use of the medium. Create screenprint layers without computers using brushes and paint, drawing materials, and with the aid of photo emulsion. Explore colour mixing, layering, and mark making. This course is particularly suitable for those interested in approaching printmaking with an emphasis on drawing and painting, taking inspiration from Gillian through a hands-on approach to screenprinting. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Toyobo Weekend

On the 20&21 April OR the 15&16 June Or the 12&13 of October, learn all about Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) with Leena Nammari RSA. An innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe, Toyobo produces results similar to the 19th century process of photogravure. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce one A5 image. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Experience of Photoshop is advisable to make the most of the course. Comprehensive step-by-step notes will be provided. If possible, bring your laptop with you, and it is preferable if you have photoshop or photoshop express installed. If you do not have a laptop, please bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints to be scanned. There are limited communal computers at EP. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine, and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and though her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, where she also compelted her MFA in Arts & Humanities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Printing with Paper Pulp

Paper pulp printing is a beautiful process where you use a silksceen to 'print' with coloured paper fibres onto freshly made sheets of paper. Using no inks, we are printing with fine paper pulp and the image becomes part of the paper. Bring along some of your own drawn or photographic images. Images that work best are linear, or simple and graphic with high tonal contrast. Be sure to wear old clothes and remove jewellery as paper pulp can be messy. You will be putting your arms in water, so please make sure you can roll up your sleeves. Please remember that paper making is wet and messy and participants will be standing for most of the time.

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Relief Printing Weekend

On 13&14 April, 22&23 June, 27&28 July, 5&6 October or 14&15 December - explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing (printing multiple layers from the same block, revealing colours through carving). On the 14th & 15th of December this weekend course will have a special festive theme. You can print cards, wrapping paper, or a beautiful fine art print to gift to a loved one. Book on to the 14th of December to join this special workshop! Please note - from the 27th of July, this course will slightly change to have an emphasis on working with wood. It will be titled Wood Cut Printing Weekend, and will cover the same techniques but giving you more insight into working with the subtlety of wood, it's grain and how to print multiple colours with it. The skills learned will also be applicable to lino printing. This course is very hands-on, practical, and fun. You will be trying out lino &/or Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types so paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital file we can print out. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Early bird booking discount available for bookings made 1 month prior to the start date. You can find out more about relief printing on our YouTube channel, here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Anupa Gardner

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Screenprinting Weekend

On the last weekend of most months, learn all about the dynamic and colorful process of screenprinting. This type of stencil can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, photocopied images and text. Participants will learn how to print their image in several coloured layers onto paper. To print, the screen is attached to a printing press and acrylic based ink is pushed through the screen mesh onto paper using a squeegee blade. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new layer of ink on top of previously printed colours. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, creating 3-4 layers of colour onto paper. The process is explored through hands-on practice where participants learn the practical skills involved in making a screenprint. Paper size (& maximum image size) on the course is approximately 28 x 38cm. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! Learn more about screen printing on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Screenprinting Masterclass with Kelly Stewart

On the 29&30 June, students will explore a combination of mark-making, drawing, and found imagery to layer up in the screenprint process over a 2 day workshop by artist and printmaker Kelly Stewart. Benefit from Kelly's unique and wonderful style of creating by working closely with her to learn the basics of screenprinting from a loose and painterly perspective. Bring along drawings and ideas and source material to be developed into a print. Individual layers will be exposed onto screens and printed by hand, creating imagery with a view to exploration and experimentation. Participants will receive guidance and support to produce unique multi-layered prints while having a great time in the process. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off! Image: Kelly Stewart

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Stone Lithography Summer Course

From Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 July, join us for our Stone Lithography Summer School with experienced lithographer and artist Alastair Clark. Stone Lithography, the original type of lithography, is still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This four day course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Learn how to paint with water-tusche washes, achieving the astonishing 'reticulated washes' peculiar to stone lithography. Initially focusing on learning the process and working in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making using tusche crayon and wash as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking a number of prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. Move on to look at how to add additional colours to produce layered colour prints. During the course we will work to aprox. A3: 28 x 38.5cm Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Duncan Marquiss Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We partner with StayCity Aparthotels and can offer preferred rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Drawn and Painterly Approaches to Etching Summer Course

On 13, 14 & 15 of July join us for painterly & drawn approaches to etching with Jessica Crisp. This three day course provides the perfect introduction to the medium of etching focusing on its use as a drawing and painting process. The course will start with a technical grounding, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. Following that, you will have time to develop plates using both copper and zinc to explore images and ways of creating images exploiting their etcherly qualities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We partner with StayCity Aparthotels and they may be able to offer preffered rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Collagraph Summer Course

20-22 July: join artist and printmaker Gillian Murray to develop with ample time your collagraph skills. This three day course will give plenty of opportunities to explore this technique. The first day will show you how to make and print your plate and the subsequent two days will give you time to develop the technique on new plates experimenting with chine collé, relief rolls, blind emboss and colours. A collagraph print is an impression taken from a collaged and textured plate. The plate in this case is mountboard on which your image is constructed using a variety of textured materials such as embossed wallpaper, cut out shapes, stickers, stamps, tissue, etc as well as gesso, glue, grit and cutting to make marks on the mountboard. Once finished and sealed with varnish, the plate is inked up and printed through an etching press. This creates rich textures and an embossed surface. Gillian Murray Biography: Gillian studied Fine Art (Printmaking) at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1993. After a move to Edinburgh she became an employee at Edinburgh Printmakers in 1996 until 2017. This involved working on print projects with a host of local, national and international artists as well as teaching courses in screenprinting and collagraphs. She now dedicates more time to creating her own artwork as well as freelance teaching and editioning. In her own work she is facinated by the landscape from the textures and colours to it's form and composition. She is a professional member of the SSA and has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotland's most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course. Image: Gillian Murray, Inner Sound, Loch Carron, screenprint and collagraph, 2022

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Screenprinting Summer Course

This course is split over 20, 21, 22, 23 July the 4-day expanded practice summer course will give you the opportunity to expand on the skills you will acquire by developing your prints for more time with the guidance of Screenprint Technician James Harrison, or taking what you have learned and creating a new multi-layered print from the beginning. After 4 days you will be comfortable and very familiar with the screen printing process, and have had time to experiment with different inks, layering approaches and exposure techniques. Participants can produce a wide range of detailed marks such as painterly washes, linear drawings, stencil-cutouts, photocopied images, text and much more. Participants will learn the intricacies of the screen print process, how to coat and expose screens and how to print several coloured layers onto onto fine art paper.. This course uses waterbased inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. During the course, each participant will work on their own print, developing it from idea to final printed work. Paper size will be approximately A3 with the printed area being around A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Adam Wilson Visiting Edinburgh this summer? We also partner with StayCity Aparthotels and can offer preferred rates to those joining a course over the summer. Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Botanical Printmaking - Summer School

From 3-5 August this 3-day summer school will explore the possibilities of Botanical Printmaking, combining Eco print and Soft ground Etching. We will gather plant material from the local area, looking at examples of commonly found dye plants around the Edinburgh Printmakers Building and in the courtyard garden, discussing their properties and the colours they can give us. Ecoprint is the process of printing directly with plant material. During a steaming process the tannins in the plant materials will react to leave beautifully intricate impressions on the paper. Soft ground Etching is the process by which we can press plant material into a soft tacky round and Etch delicate impressions of the flowers or leaves into metal plates. Over the course of the summer school we will experiment, combine and overlay these two processes, creating prints directly from the natural colour and shapes of plants. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Colour Plate Lithography - Summer School

On 3-5 August, combine plate lithography and monoprinting techniques in this exploratory 3-day workshop, led by printmaker and artist Alastair Clark. Start by working on acetates with various drawing, painting or digital materials and then exposing these directly onto an aluminium photo plate. These plates can produce detailed marks such as painterly washes, liner drawings, digital images, photographs and text. Then delve into layering, printing plates and exploring how to build prints up in colours using lithography and combining simple monoprinting techniques and dive into some colour theory along the way. This hands on 3 day course will allow for a playful exploration of how to approach lithography in a creative way, harnessing the delicacy of mark and tone characteristic to this medium. This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Relief Printing Summer Course

On Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August, explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold dramatic effects. During this course participants will explore practicalities of reduction printing using Japanese ply and multi block printing using etched lino. You will be shown various methods of registration, and print a small edition. This four day course is very hands-on, practical and fun. You will be trying out lino and Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types of paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course is part of our well-established and respected Summer School Programme, which gives printmakers of all skills levels valuable experience working with some of Scotlands most experienced practioners. It also entitles you to a FREE 4-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Image: Anupa Gardner Get in touch via studio@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk for more information. Subject to availability.

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Toyobo Summer Course - Relief and Intaglio

From 17-19 August 2024, learn all about Toyobo (or photopolymer gravure) with Leena Nammari RSA. This 3-day course explores Toyobo, an innovative new printmaking process that uses remarkable water-washable photopolymer plates which are both fast and safe. Toyobo produces results similar to the 19th century process of photogravure. This course will teach you how to utilise Toyobo to create both intaglio and relief process. It will also give you ample time to introuduce other flairs to your printed work like á la poupeé and chine collée. Although the course will be of interest to all artists, it is particularly suitable for those working with photographic and digital imaging who wish to produce high quality original prints. The course focuses on understanding the intricacies of the processes: exploring how to prepare images for the process and how to identify works best for each technique. The course is very hands-on. During the course, each person will produce one A5 image. The process has a high digital imaging content, explaining how to manipulate the image before exposing it to the photopolymer. Experience of Photoshop is advisable to make the most of the course. Comprehensive step-by-step notes will be provided. If possible, bring your laptop with you, and it is preferable if you have photoshop or photoshop express installed. If you do not have a laptop, please bring along photographic images either on a USB stick, CD, or as photographic prints to be scanned. There are limited communal computers at EP. Leena Nammari is a Palestinian artist printmaker based in Scotland. She has exhibited within Scotland and Europe, Palestine, and Australia as part of group exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. She is an expert printmaker, in all aspects of printmaking, and though her ideas are predominantly analysed and broken down through printmaking processes, she has also worked in film, photography, bronze, and ceramics. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, where she also compelted her MFA in Arts & Humanities. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Relief Printing - Evening Course

From Thursday 9 May, Tuesday 3 September or Thursday 7 November (taking place over a series of six weeks), explore ways of creating striking images with this simple yet powerful print medium process. Cutting images into wood or linoleum and inking up with colour can produce bold and dramatic effects. This course will explore the diverse range of ways which artists use this direct process, looking at the practicalities of reduction printing. This course is very hands-on, practical, and fun. You will be trying out lino & Japanese ply to cut from and explore the benefits of using different types of paper for printing. Bring a sketch or a simple digital printout. The image size will be up to a maximum of A4. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! You can find out more about relief printing on our YouTube channel, here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Alastair Kinroy

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Etching - Evening Course

From 7 Feb (taking place over a series of six weeks), this Etching Evening Course provides the perfect introduction to etching, exploring innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Etching Weekend Course

On 9&10 March, 11&12 May, 7&8 September of 9&10 November - join us for an etching weekend course. Etching Weekend Courses provide the perfect introduction to etching, introducing innovative techniques that encourage spontaneous and diverse methods of mark-making. Work directly onto metal plates, developing images through various hand applied techniques. Using new safer acid resists makes etching a much healthier process, using neither dangerous acids nor solvents. During the course participants will work on two etching plates, one copper and one zinc, introducing them to both of the metals and the mordants most commonly used at Edinburgh Printmakers. Participants will produce two images over the course (one on each metal) making use of a combination of techniques in each plate. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches) A 15% Early Bird discount is available for bookings made 1 month prior to the start date! Find out more about etching on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Screenprinting in Full Colour - Advanced Theory and Practice with Ros Lawless

In this two-day course join printmaker and artist Rosalind Lawless for an in depth exploration of colour and colour theory through the process of screen printing. Throughout this weekend class you will become more confident in using colour and understanding its variables. Screenprinting is a fantastic process for achieving variety of hues and colours through the process of ratio to ink/medium and overlaying, which will be introduced and developed upon during this class. In this hands-on weekend course Ros will provide tuiton and support in relation to colour mixing, utilising transparency, layer and colour theory while printing one of your own projects. Experience with screen printing is preferable. About the tutor: Rosalind Lawless is a printmaker, artist and educator based in Glasgow. She has been the recipient of the R.S.A William Littlejohn Award and the R.S.A Residencies for Scotland Award, Peacock and the Worm. In 2019 she was awarded a scholarship at the International Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, she was shortlisted for the AnnaLober/Dusseldorf Exchange and was awarded the Bet Low Trust Award. Her work has recently been acquired by the NAtional Galleries of Modern Art, Edinburgh and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. This course entitles you to a 3-month Associate Membership, which allows you to use the studio and consolidate your skills after the course.

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Mokulito - Weekend Course

On Sat 18 & Sun 19 May or the 21st & 22nd of September join us to learn how to print using the mokolito technique, also know as wood lithography - a unique form of printmaking. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, the process uses plywood as the printing surface and draws on the principles of lithography, specifically the antipathy between grease and water. Greasy materials, such as tusche, crayons and autographic inks are used to draw and paint imagery on the sanded plywood matrix and then processed. Mokulito has the benefit that additional reductive marks can be cut into the surface as with relief printing, so that when printed the drawn and cut marks sit together with the ghostly impressions of the wood grain to create a beautiful, contrasted image. This course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird discount for 15% off! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Stone Lithography - Evening Course

From 11 April or 24 September (taking place over a series of six weeks on Thursdays), explore the original type of lithography still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. Taking place over six evenings, this course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking several prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to approximately A3 size: 28 x 38.5cm Find out more about stone lithography on our YouTube channel here. This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets!

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Monotype with Kittie Jones - Expanded Practice (3 day)

From Saturday to Monday on the 28, 29, 30 September 2024 - Kittie Jones, acclaimed artist and printmaker, will introduce you to this unique printmaking technique, all based around the discoveries made in her own practice. Initially, time will be spent exploring monochrome rub-away processes considering tone and mark. You will then be shown how to layer with colour to create rich and complex one-poff prints. During this expanded three-day masterclass, you will be guided through the processes used by Kittie including working with layers of transparent colour and rub-away drawing techniques to create unique painterly prints. Kittie will share insights into her process of bringing lively sketches made outdoors into the print studio. Kittie Jones is an artist and educator based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008 and now works from her studio in Leith, regularly exhibiting around the UK. Kittie's practice focuses on drawing and printmaking - she produces mixed media drawings on paper, multi-layered monotypes, and small edition screenprints. Kittie is inspired by the full sensory experience of time spent outdoors, most often along the east coast of Scotland. Much of her work is completed outside, and other sketches provide a starting point for prints and studio drawings. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Kittie Jones

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Relief Printing - Advanced Course with Anupa Gardner

On the 6th and 7th of April or the 12th and 13th of October - this course is ideal for individuals who have previously participated in our relief weekend or evening classes, or those with some background in relief printing seeking to enhance their skills with established artist and printmaker Anupa Gardner. You will learn how to etch lino and combine it with traditional cutting. You will also be shown how to create multi block prints and register your blocks on the press. You will have the opportunity to try out mark making with dremel, paper stencilling, Chine colle, and combining collagraph with relief printing. On the Saturday participants will explore different 'resists' and build up layers of etch on their lino blocks using caustic soda paste while also using traditional cutting methods. There will be the opportunity to create a collagraph block and proof the blocks. Later in the day participants will be introduced to colour, multiplate printing, and registration. On the Sunday participants will continue working on their blocks for a short period of time. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to exploring various printmaking techniques, such as Chine colle, paper stencilling, and combining collagraph with relief printing. Anupa Gardner is an Indian born artist based in Scotland working mainly in the field of printmaking. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India, where she studied graphic design. Thereafter she moved to Scotland, graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in 2008. Anupa has taken on various roles in her career as designer, illustrator, educator, technician and editioner. She now concentrates on her own practice and continues to teach in Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Printmakers. She also delivers a variety of workshops across Scotland. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! Image: Anupa Gardner

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Collagraph Masterclass with Gillian Murray

On the 16&17 March OR 18&19 May OR the 19th & 20th of October; join us to draw on Gillian Murray's vast experience of working in collagraph. A collagraph is a print taken from a collaged plate. This weekend course allows ample time and opportunity to explore this deceptively simple and versatile technique. The course will explore making plates using different types of materials such as wallpaper, feathers, leaves and string, sticking them down onto a piece of card which is then varnished. When ready, the ‘plate’ is then inked up and printed onto paper creating rich textures and an embossed surface. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: Gillian Murray

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Etching Weekend Advanced Course - with Jessica Crisp

On 26&27 October: this course is ideal for those who have previously particapated in our Etching Weekend or Evening classes, or those with some background in Etching who are seeking to enhance their skills. With established artist and printmaker Jessica Crisp. This weekend course will cover, Coffee Lift: painting directly onto the etching plate with a solution of coffee for painterly positive mark making. Copper Spit bite: We will go through application of aquatint, and trouble shooting with aquatint plates, set up of safe mordant working area, use of concentrated ferric chloride, timings and cumulative etching. Use of Crayon lift to experiment with positive drawn crayon marks on copper plates. Crayon lift is based on the resistance beyween oil and water and can be seen in full effect in the work of Barbara Rae and John Bellany. Experimenting in depth with Inking up techniques for etching. Beginning with simple scrim and tissue wiping and going through hand wiping, use of hot plate, A la poupee inking and wiping and use of Chine Colle and Relief roll to layer colours.

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Screenprinting - Evening Course

From Wed 24th April or the Thur 31 October- join us for our 6-week series of screenprinting classes. This class will give participants time to learn the dynamic and colourful process of screenprinting. During this evening course, each participant will develop their screenprint practice by creating multi-layered prints using an array of techniques, from painterly washes, textures, linear drawings and photographic bitmaps to lean flat areas, colour blends and typography. This evening course will give participants the time to think, re-think, create and re-create artwork between each class, helping them delve into various aspects of their print purchase. To print, the screen is attached to a printing press and acrylic based ink is pushed through the screen mesh onto paper using a squeegee blade. Each layer of colour is printed individually, taking care to register each new ink layer on top of the previous. This course uses water-based inks on paper which are not suitable for printing on textiles. The process is explored through hands-on practice where participants learn practical skills involved in making a screen print. Paper size (& maximum image size) on the course is approximately 28 x 38cm. This course entitles you to a FREE 3 month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Booking over a month in advance? Use our Early Bird tickets for 15% off!

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Laser Cutting Weekend

During this Laser Cutting Weekend Course on 2&3 November, you will be introduced to the use of a laser cutter and how to prepare vector files from your drawing or photograph. You'll explore how to cut or engrave a variety of materials such as paper, plywood and acrylic. You can start from original drawings or sketches, or bring digital files on a USB stick. This course is suitable for anyone interested in the use of a laser-cutter, as well as experienced printmakers interested in combining laser-cutting with traditional printmaking methods. This course is suitable for those who have no experience of laser cutting, though experience with digital imaging is highly recommended. Image: Sonia Mehra Chawla

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Stone Lithography Weekend

On 2&3 November, explore the original type of lithography still favoured by many artists. Drawing directly onto a prepared limestone surface gives opportunity for a spontaneous approach to mark-making. Find out how artists with wide ranging styles from MC Escher, Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Kathe Kolwitz have delighted in the subtleties of the stone. This 2 day weekend course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Emphasis is given to stone lithography as a drawing and painting medium, working directly on this wonderful robust drawing surface. Focusing on learning the process and working mainly in monochrome, we will explore traditional approaches to mark-making as well as alternative drawing methods. Learn all about processing of images on stone and how to stabilise the image for printing before taking several prints to show the development of your drawing at different stages. During the course we will work to approximately A3 size: 28 x 38.5cm Find out more about stone lithography on our YouTube channel here. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills. Image: James Harrison

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Photo Litho Refresher Sessions

Refresher Sessions offer an opportunity to consolidate skills, gain valuable printmaking experience and spend time in the studio with dedicated staff support. During each session there will be a demonstration of a particular technique or process following which there is time and opportunity for you to develop your own prints. Unlike our more structured weekend courses, refresher courses can be used to develop your own prints at your own pace and explore whichever aspects of a process are more interesting or relevant to you. Time spent in refresher sessions gives you experience and counts towards your workshop induction so you become familiar with using the studio. Once you have attended a few of these sessions you are able to come back and take out a membership to use the studio outside of class hours and under your own steam. Who are they for? -For lapsed members of EP -Printmakers with good experience in that process but new to EP -People who have completed a weekend course but are looking for some more support/assistance to build up confidence/experience before working in the studio Please Note This course is NOT suitable for people with NO experience in Photo Plate Lithography - (our weekend access courses are intended for those new to a process) If you are unsure if you are suitably experienced to attend, we ask that you email us in advance of booking at alastair.clark@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk with the following information: - When was the last time you did litho? - What courses have you attended and where? - Do you have examples of prints you haveprinted yourself using this process and can you send a photo? - What other print studios have you worked in? Some people will be required to attend more than one refresher session before gaining access to membership and working unassisted in the print studio. This will be dependant on each individuals previous experience and the complexity of the particular print process.

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Photo Etching Weekend

On 23&24 March or the 16&17 of November, this course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is advised. During the course participants will prepare their artwork digitally to be printed onto acetate and produce and print one photo etching plate on copper, they will also learn how to apply aquatint which can help to strengthen photo etching images. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches) Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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Wood Engraving Master Class - Angie Lewin

On 27&28 April, OR 23&24 November, work with acclaimed printmaker and artist Angie Lewin to create your own beautiful and delicate wood engravings. Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process which, in contrast to woodcut, is generally smaller scale and involves engraving into the end-grain of a prepared woodblock. This method can reproduce fine detail and create a lively graphic image. During this course, you will produce a black and white print having learnt all stages of the process: transferring your initial drawing onto your woodblock, learning how to use the different engraving tools to create texture and line and finally making prints from your woodblock. Wood engraving is a slow but satisfying process. Ideally you may have some drawing skills to benefit from this workshop, but this is not essential, and this course will suit all artists. Book over a month in advance to receive 15% off the course price with our Early Bird tickets! This course entitles you to a FREE 3-month Associate Membership to use the studio and consolidate your skills.

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