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Tutors, Peter Polaine and Gareth Jones, using the large Columbian press

Our printmaking two-day workshops run six times a year. They are intended both for people who want to be introduced to printmaking and for those with some experience.They have consistently proved to be very popular and several of our current members started off by attending a workshop.

These workshops cover etching and woodcut printmaking. Gareth Jones gives guidance and help with etching; Peter Polaine with woodcut. Both are experienced teachers as well as practising artists and they provide invaluable instruction to all who attend the workshops, whatever their previous experience.

The cost of each two-day workshop is £200 which includes all materials, etching plates, wood and woodcutting tools, ink and editioning paper, plus lunch with wine for the two days. Each workshop is limited to eight people, four etching and four woodcut, to enable one-to-one tuition and help whenever needed.

Places fill very quickly so, if you wish to book a place, please let us know as soon as possible by completing the
booking/enquiry form.

Following our very successful courses in 2016, we are now arranging courses for 2017.

Spring Workshops
Thursday & Friday, 30 & 31 March
Saturday & Sunday, 8 & 9 April

Summer Workshops
Thursday & Friday, 20 & 21 July
Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 July

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Vouchers are available and make good gifts or prizes.

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Gareth Jones with Sarah Pirkis at a workshop
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Jen Hall with some primary school children

We also work with school children, giving them a chance to experience a working print studio. This has only been made possible in the past by the support of the members of the Sudbourne group and grants from Suffolk Coastal District Council and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With primary school children we explore three simple techniques: monoprinting with textures, transfer monoprinting and drawing into pressed polystyrene tiles then printing the images with overlaying rolls of rainbow colours. With smaller groups of secondary school children we can explore soft ground etching as well.

All the children gain the opportunity to work under the guidance of two experienced artists in a wonderfully creative environment, with rewarding results. If you are interested in finding out more please
click here.

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Making a monoprint with textures

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Transfer monoprinting - self portraits