Learn the basic techniques of lino, collagraph, dry-point and monoprint. Then experiment with each medium and ways of combining them. Methods and examples of hybrid prints will be shown and demonstrated to give you both ideas and an understanding of technique.
Printing by hand and with the press will be taught. The technical pros and cons of both will be discussed enabling you to move forward with knowledge of when to use each in your work.
Use of colour and monochrome will be demonstrated with lots of tips on how to mix your own colours to help you experiment further with your printmaking.
Over the period of the six days you will make a range of unique prints, each one individual (you will not be working with editioning). You will stop at regular intervals to see what everyone is working on so that you may learn and understand from each other. Mary will help the discussions to encourage confidence in talking about your work; with printmaking, collaboration is as important as individual practice. Throughout the course there will also be a few surprise and fun projects to keep you engaged and challenged by the methods explored.
By the end of the course you will have a wide knowledge of how to combine up to five different print techniques on the same image. You will have a basic technical knowledge of printing including by hand and when to use a press. You will also have the confidence to experiment within print, seeing technical challenges not as boundaries, but instead as rules to be broken. You will also have explored your own preconceptions and boundaries in your work, and challenged yourself artistically to allow for a beautiful freedom of expression.
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. Dinner is included for non-resident students throughout the week to enable participation in these events.
Special Summer School features:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• A short swap-over session to another course of your choice
• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)
• A celebration dinner on the last evening
• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.