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 Amanda donohue

image courtesy of Amanda donohue

Etching Basics
With tutor Amanda Donohue

Dates: Sunday 22 September 2019
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $130 Members | $145 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Amanda at amanda@terrarossa.biz
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

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In this one day workshop using zinc plates and copper sulphate participants will learn how to prepare their plates, apply a hard ground and achieve tone using spray paint as an aquatint. By the end of the course everyone should have created a zinc plate with an image and have printed it intaglio ready for framing. Some materials will be provided. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

NB A further course may be scheduled where participants will be able to extend their knowledge with multi plate printing, chine colle and sugar lift.

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.

About your tutor: Amanda Donohue 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.


image courtesy of Vale vincent

image courtesy of Vale vincent

Lino Printing - Beginners & Beyond
Wednesday Morning Classes with tutor Vale Vincent

Dates: Wednesday 24 July to 21 August 2019
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Cost: $240 Members | $255 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Vale Vincent at valerie.vincent@bigpond.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

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This 5 week course is a great introduction to the world of relief printmaking. It is a technique which can be practiced in the home or studio with minimal cost and amazing results. If you love the graphic imagery of relief printing then this technique is for you. The course is suitable for beginners and those with some prior experience. Participants will learn how to prepare and carve a simple lino block; print in black and white; & explore several ways to add colour to a linoprint. More challenging techniques suchas intaglio linoprinting, two colour multi-block prints or reductions prints will be introduced.
Some materials will be provided. The tutor will have linoleum tiles available for purchase @$2.50 each (15x15cm) | & pre-cut printmaking paper @ $1.20 per sheet (25x25cm).

Bring: Notepad and drawing materials, pencil, eraser, scissors, any linocut tools you may have, an image or several images you wish to transfer that are suitable for a graphic medium like linocut. Also bring an apron and wear covered shoes.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Valé Vincent works across a variety of printmaking techniques and often includes multiplates in a variety of printmaking techniques within one print to create her own unique style of printmaking. Valé graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1983 Newcastle, majoring in printmaking and continues to be an active member of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.


IMAGE: donkey, monotype screen print courtesy of Catherine tempest

IMAGE: donkey, monotype screen print courtesy of Catherine tempest

Monotype Screen Printing
Tutor: Catherine Tempest

Dates: Saturday 12 October 2019
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $115 Members | $130 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Catherine at gencathdave@hotmail.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

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Find out how to create a one-off distinctive screen print using nothing but a screen, ink, brushes and squeegee - no stencils! Some people say it is like printing a painting. Once you know the key points you can create a monotype print (unique print) by directly painting onto a screen and squeegeeing the ink through the mesh onto paper.
Be prepared to get messy and don’t dress in your best gear. Wear closed-in shoes for safety. Bring your own lunch or pop up to the nearby cafes and shops. All materials are supplied. Bring some images; ideally not much bigger than A4 size; that you can trace onto the screen. After tracing, the image is painted in about fifteen minutes so that the ink doesn’t dry in the screen. The image above, Donkey, was painted in this time from a tracing. You can also try water colour, which is a slightly different process that lets you take more time and gives lovely soft edges.
Monotypes rely on you working with the ink in what is considered the most painterly of printmaking processes. This course does NOT cover the basics of screen printing such as stencils, registration etc. We offer other screen printing courses which cover the basics.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Catherine Tempest has a Bachelor of Art Theory UNSW Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma Visual Art majoring in printmaking and photography Newcastle Art School.


image courtesy of Catherine tempest

image courtesy of Catherine tempest

Introduction to Screen Printing
Tutor: Catherine Tempest

Dates: Saturday 2,9,16 & 23 November 2019
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: $225 Members | $250 Non Members
Enquiries: Contact Catherine at gencathdave@hotmail.com
Venue: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, 27 Popran Road Adamstown NSW.

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Over four Saturdays the tutor provides guided exercises and demonstrations to inspire you to ex-plore how your hand drawn, digital images and found source materials can be incorporated into your own original printed artwork, poster, or functional item like cards. You will consider size, colours and layers in your own design, make hand cut stencils and photo emulsions stencils, learn registration methods, and produce an edition of prints.

Bring some lunch or pop up to the nearby cafes and shops. We have basic kitchen facilities. Be pre-pared to get messy and don’t dress in your best gear (wear closed-in shoes for safety). Water-based inks are used. All materials are supplied. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Printing will be on paper, not fabric. Chemicals and a high pressure hose will be used. Personal protection equipment is provided. Please read the course outline - there is homework! Digital editing is not included in the course, however the tutor will do their best to assist you with any image tweaking.

COURSE OUTLINE:
Day 1:- Familiarisation of material and equipment, demo of printing 2 layers, hand cut a stencil in a guided exercise and use the stencil to print the background layer of your edition of prints. Coat a screen with photo emulsion for next week. Homework: create an image on a transparency to go over your backgrounds.
Day 2: - Expose the screen you coated from day 1 with the transparency you made for homework. Use the exposed screen to print a second layer over your backgrounds. Remove the emulsion from the screen. Design a 2 layer image yourself, considering size, colours and stencils. This can be hand drawn, digital, or repurposed visual material. Coat a screen for next week if required. Homework: prepare stencils for your design.
Day 3: - Expose emulsion stencil if required, print your 2 layer design as a small edition of prints. Look at examples of monotype screen prints. Homework: find a simple image (not much bigger than A4) to trace onto the screen for your monotype print.
Day 4: - Remove emulsion stencils from last week, demo of monotype printing, create a monotype print (unique print). Demo of a blended colour pull, do a blended colour pull using your hand cut stencil from day 1.

ABOUT THE TUTOR
Catherine Tempest has a Bachelor of Art Theory UNSW Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma Visual Art majoring in printmaking and photography Newcastle Art School.

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