The venue for workshops is 'Bonfield', our beautiful block-printing workshop in the village of Thorncombe, West Dorset.
The 1 day course is taught by either Cameron Short or Janet Tristram - both professional block-printers as well as being husband and wife! The aim is to share the fundamental principles of block-printing in a warm, friendly environment, and for each student to take away their very own block-print(s) on archival printmaking paper. There will be a maximum of three places per course to ensure students get the teachers' full attention. Due to safety issues, we're afraid we cannot accept students below the age of 18.
Materials-wise, we provide almost everything you'll need - all we ask is that you bring a clean apron and buckets of enthusiasm. Importantly, we also ask you to have a rough idea of simple imagery (you won't have time to carve anything too complex!) to fit a small block - approx 20cm x 15cm (almost A5).
A wholesome lunch is provided (homemade curry, rice and salad) as well as tea and biscuits throughout the day.
Because we have a lot to get through - design, transfer of image, carving, inking and printing - we have to stick pretty rigidly to a schedule, set out below.
9:00am - Brief intro with tea/coffee.
9:15am - Drawing/designing image to fit on an A5-sized linoleum block.
10:15am - Transfer image to block.
11:00am - Carve image using V-Gouge, Scoop and Knife.
1:00pm - Lunch.
1:30pm - Continue carving block.
3:00pm - Preparation of ink and inking up (due to time constraint, we will be using black ink only).
3:30pm - Printing image on press.
5:00pm - Workshop ends.
Obviously, you will be able to take your carved block and original block print(s) home with you, hopefully for framing! If you are interested, we urge you to contact us without too much delay - the courses are very popular.
If you are coming from London by train, a 10.00am start is possible.
*If the workshop you want to attend is already booked, please email/phone us and we'll almost always be able to accommodate you on another day around that date.
Our email is: email@example.com
Our landline is: 01460 30268
Price: £110 per person payable in advance.**
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**Should you have to cancel, we will refund you 50% (£55) of the cost of the workshop immediately. We will then re-advertise your place. If we manage to fill it, you will be refunded the other 50%. However, to receive the initial £55 refund, cancellation notice must be received no less than three weeks before the date of the workshop. Should you cancel later than this, you will only be refunded the workshop cost if a replacement is found.