Our etching or wood/lino printmaking workshops offer small groups of artists tuition and technical support as well as full use of our studio facilities.

We hold 2 day printmaking workshops in the spring, summer and autumn covering either etching or wood/lino cutting. Workshops are held on different days in small groups using our well equipped studio at Bothy Yard so there is plenty of space to work and lots of help if needed. The tutors are experienced teachers as well as practicing artists and they provide valuable instruction to all, tailored to each individual whatever their previous experience.

Our workshops are suitable for complete printmaking beginners who have an interest in creativity or for those with some printmaking experience who want to improve their skills.

Workshops 2024

All of our summer workshops are full but the dates are below. We do have cancellations so if you would like to go on our reserve list please contact us on: and supply the following information:

1) Name

2) Contact telephone number.

3) Which workshop(s) are you interested in?

4) Any printmaking experience – you don’t have to have any but an interest in art will be useful.

We plan to have more workshops in October 2024 so make sure you are subscribed to our email list to get the dates when they are released.


Tutors: Jennifer Golding and Sara Harrington
Mon 29th & Tues 30th July – Fully booked
Thurs 1st & Fri 2nd August – Fully booked

Tutors: Chrissy Norman and Peter Beeson
Sat 20th & Sun 21st July – Fully Booked
Sat 27th & Sun 28th July – Fully Booked

The cost for each 2 day workshop is £195 and the one day beginners linocut workshop is £95. Materials are included but the price does not  include lunch. If you are a fast worker at the 2 day workshops and use up lots of paper you may be asked to pay an extra charge.

Please note that we will do our best to keep to the tutors listed but cannot guarantee this.

For more details and to view our cancellation policy, please see below.

Etching Workshops

Two days – 9.30am until 4.30pm (approx.) with a break for lunch.

What to expect:
We will cover hard and soft ground etching plus aquatint over the 2 days and how to prepare a zinc plate for etching. For those who have had some etching experience, there will be the opportunity to develop their skills with an experienced tutor on hand.

You will be guided through the different processes to develop your own ideas into an etching. Inspiration can be based on a sketch, photograph or an abstract idea so bring any source material with you. Also pencil, rubber and paper are useful but all other materials will be supplied.

You can expect to take home at least one etching plate completed during the time plus some prints, of course. The size of each plate can be of any dimension up to a maximum of A4.

What’s included:
Help and guidance from our experienced tutors.
All reasonable amounts of materials are included but there may be a charge for extra use of paper or zinc plates.
Tea, coffee and biscuits.

What to bring:
Source material including photos, sketches etc

What to wear:
Either an apron, overalls or old clothes (printmaking can get messy!)
For health and safety reasons – no open-toed shoes or sandals please.

Woodcut or linocut (relief) workshops

Two days – 9.30am until 4.30pm (approx.) with a break for lunch.

What to expect:
This is a hands-on course for beginners and improvers to learn how to produce a relief print using wood or lino. We look at the different types of tools and ways of cutting that make varied marks and textures that will give your image both style and substance. You will be able to print both monochrome and coloured images (up to 4 colours).

The tutors are there to help and guide you so that you can try different colour combinations in order to experiment and push to get a really pleasing print. Anyone who is keen can try the reduction process will need to come with a design and be ready to get printing quickly, but there are other exciting ways to print and incorporate colour too.

Please come with a design drawn out or a photo so that you are ready to make the most of your time. We have lino blocks 200 x 300 mm and wood up to 210 x 300 mm (A4). The size you can reasonably tackle will depend on the complexity of your design. Beginners are advised not to try anything too large or complicated at first! You won’t want to spend all the time cutting. Leave plenty of time for printing and trying some colour techniques. These two days really do fly by!

What’s included:
Help and guidance from our experienced tutors
Lino or woodblock up to A4
Inks, cleaning materials, paper and tools
Tea, coffee and biscuits

What to bring:
Source material including photos, sketches etc
A prepared image/design preferably traced at the required size ready to transfer onto your printing block

What to wear:
Either an apron, overalls or old clothes (printmaking can get messy!)
Sensible, comfortable shoes – no open-toed shoes

General workshop info

How to get here:
The workshops are held at 4 Bothy Yard, Sudbourne Park, IP12 2AJ. Look out for the entrance marked Sudbourne Park at the B1084 crossroads near Orford and follow the long driveway down the slope and turn right to pass the big urns on your left. Bothy Yard is the first left past the garages, near the walled garden. Parking is in Bothy Yard, on the right hand side as you go in. For a map, see our Contact page.

Cancellation Policy
You can change your mind at any time before payment. Once your fee is paid, if you cancel your booking more than 28 days before the start of the workshop, we will refund 50% of the fee less a £10 admin charge. If you cancel less than 28 days before the workshop starts, no refund will be due. However, if we are able to book your place with somebody else we will refund the full amount less an admin charge of £10 or offer you another workshop date if available, regardless of when the cancellation is made.