The Newcastle Printmakers Workshop in Adamstown are currently running weekly morning and evening classes each week, one and two day workshops available throughout the year.


 image courtesy of gina mcdonald

image courtesy of gina mcdonald

Drypoint and Solarplate - Printmaking for Beginners
4 week course with tutor Gina McDonald

Dates: Wednesday 17 Oct - 7 Nov 2018
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Cost: $190.99 Members | $209.98 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Megan Lewis - meglew@yahoo.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

BOOKINGS: Click here

This 4 week hands-on course is aimed at beginners who are looking at exploring printmaking using the techniques of dry point and solar plates. Drypoint is an easy and direct way of turning a drawing into a print, a perfect starting point for beginners. Solar plate can be used to replicate both photographs and drawings as a non-toxic alternative to etching without chemicals.

Come along to this small and relaxed class to explore the many varied aspects of these techniques as well as feel competent working in a printmaking studio. Course notes and some materials will be provided. Students will receive a starter pack including printmaking paper, drypoint plates, drypoint tool and 2 x A5 solar plates valued at $35 payable at the first session. Students should bring in photos or images to work with and translate into prints.

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Gina McDonald is passionate about printmaking and completed an Advanced Diploma majoring in printmaking at the Hunter TAFE. Since graduating in 2011 Gina has been exhibiting regularly in Newcastle and beyond and is a committee member at the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.


 Image courtesy of MEGAN LEWIS

Image courtesy of MEGAN LEWIS

Contemporary Printmaking Thursday Group:
Beginners & Beyond Etching

New Thursday Day Classes for Term 4 with Megan Lewis

Dates: 18 Oct - 15 Nov 2018
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Cost: $222.64 Members | $238.46 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Megan Lewis - meglew@yahoo.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

BOOKINGS: Click here

This hands on course is ideal for beginners, creatives wanting some fresh ideas or past printmakers keen to get back into this exciting media.

The focus of this 5 week course is etching on aluminium using a copper sulphate solution. This combination of metal and etch is safer than the traditional etching process and cheaper. Create line, tone and soft ground effects with this exciting and easy to use process. Raw beginners will be encouraged to try a simple drypoint plate before diving into etching. The more experienced participants will be invited to combine techniques, overprint multiple plates and experiment with chine colle, a la poupee and stencilling to add colour to their prints.

The small group size and collaborative atmosphere make this an enjoyable class with many participants choosing to return course after course. For your first class bring along a pencil (2B is a good one), a pen, a drawing/ideas book, your favorite t-bag, mug and snack. Wear old clothes and covered shoes. It is estimated you will spend between $2 and $5 each week, depending on the technique, size and number of prints you make.

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Megan Lewis is a passionate printmaker with over 20 years experince in Adult Education. The use of safer, alternative materials and methods has influenced Megan's art practice and teaching. Since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1990 with a major in Printmaking Megan has continued to make and exhibit prints, attend and teach workshops and be an active member of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.


 image courtesy of megan lewis

image courtesy of megan lewis

Printmaking for Beginners and Beyond: Wednesday Night Group
Wednesday Evening Term 4 Classes with Megan Lewis

Dates: 17 Oct to 14 Nov 2018
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: $222.64 Members | $238.46 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Megan Lewis meglew@yahoo.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

BOOKINGS: Click here

This 5 week course is perfect for beginners or the more experienced printmaker wanting to get back into this exciting media. In this hands on workshop you will make learn to make prints using a variety of techniques including monoprints, drypoint, lino block, collagraph, chine colle, and stencilling. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with combining different methods. Etching on aluminium can also be introduced depending on the interests of the group.

The small class size and relaxed atmosphere make for an enjoyable evening with a number of participants choosing to return. First week bring along a pencil( 2B is a good allrounder), pen, drawing/ideas book, favorite t-bag, mug and snack. Wear old clothes and covered shoes. Any blank-paged book will do, and it doesn't have to be new. Estimated materials for each week is $5 depending on the technique, size and number of prints you make.

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Megan Lewis is a passionate printmaker with over 20 years teaching at TAFE in Fine Art and Design and Newcastle Printmakers Workshop. Using safer alternative materials and techniques has been of particular interest to Megan in her art making and teaching.


 Image courtesy of sally picker

Image courtesy of sally picker

Learn to Screen Print
2 Day Weekend Workshops with tutor Sally Picker

Dates: 3-4 November 2018 AND 8-9 December 2018
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $245 Members | $265 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Megan Lewis - meglew@yahoo.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

BOOKINGS:
3-4 November click here
8-9 December click here

Sally is offering two weekend workshops to learn how to screen print . The two day workshops are designed for beginners and those wanting a refresher. The basics of screen printing will be introduced and a print using 2 colour layers will be completed by the second day. The background colour will be printed first using a paper stencil then a 2nd layer added using an exposed image. This final layer will be created from a transparency using a photograph, drawing or photocopy.
On completion of the course each participant will have an edition of a 2 colour print on quality paper ready for framing. All materials are provided. Bring an apron, gloves, and your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided.

Each member will be required to email the tutor a Black/White image for the final layer. Size: A4 (210mm x 297mm) or smaller, saved as a jpeg. This will be used as the final printed layer. Please email the image to Sally once booked in: printpottery@gmail.com

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Sally Picker has been screen printing from a young age and loves the versatility of the process. She studied printmaking at Newcastle Art School and also at the University of Southern Queensland. She is an active member of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop and Newcastle Studio


 image courtesy of Amanda donohue

image courtesy of Amanda donohue

Zinc Plate Etching Course
2 Day Weekend Workshop with tutor Amanda Donohue

Dates: Saturday 17 November - Sunday 18 November 2018
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $245 Members | $265 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Megan Lewis - meglew@yahoo.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

BOOKINGS: Click here

A two day workshop with Amanda Donohue on traditional and modern etching techniques using zinc plates and copper sulphate. Etching is a rich medium where an image is scratched, drawn or painted onto a metal plate and the image etched into the plate. A range of marks can be created and, after etching, ink is applied to the plate. A print is created by placing dampened paper onto the plate and passing both through a press.

Participants will learn how to prepare their plates, use a variety of mark making techniques, achieve tone using spray paint as an aquatint, etch the plate, print using the intaglio presses and experiment with stencils. By the end of the course everyone should have created a zinc plate with an image and have printed it intaglio ready for framing. Most materials and morning tea will be provided.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Amanda studied printmaking at Sydney College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). She has been a printmaker for over twenty years, specialising in etching but also interested in lino, dry point, screen printing and collagraphs. Amanda has been a member of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop for seven years and a committee member for six. See more about Amanda at www.amandadonohue.org