West Yorkshire Print Workshop

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Based in Mirfield, the West Yorkshire Print Workshop is an open access printmaking facility and gallery.

We also run a regular programme of specialist printmaking courses and other related activities including arts and crafts activities and workshops for young people. We support artists and creative businesses by providing printmaking facilities, affordable studio spaces and exhibiting opportunities for members.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.30am - 3.00pm

Admission charges

Free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Introduction to Printmaking – June

  • 1 June 2016 6-9pm

Come and get your creativity flowing in a friendly, artistic environment!

Designed for people who have little or no prior knowledge or experience of printmaking, this course will give you a taster of the variety of techniques and processes involved in making a hand-made print. Over 5 evenings, you will try your hand at the some of the key printmaking techniques offered and practised here at WYPW, including monoprint, drypoint, etching, linocut and screen print. By experimenting with different techniques, you will get a feel for which best suits you and your style of working, helping you to decide which you would like to practise and learn more of, with highly experienced tutors, in a professionally equipped environment.

You will be guided and encouraged by two experienced artists who use printmaking in their own art practice.

5 week course – Wednesday evenings
1st / 8th / 15th / 22nd / 29th June 2016

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£135

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/introduction-printmaking-june/#!prettyPhoto

Screen Printed Posters – June

  • 25 — 26 June 2016 10am-4pm

Learn the process of producing screen printed posters and art-prints!

This 2 day course will cover the entire process of getting your design ready for print, preparing and creating screens, and screenprinting prints and posters
specific topics to be covered will be:

Designing work using graphics software or by hand
Making your design ‘screenprint friendly’-understanding the pros and cons of the medium
Registration tips and tricks
Using such techniques as trapping and overprinting
Screenprinting accurately and at speed
Paper types and weights

While not intended as a beginner’s course, no previous experience of screenprinting is required but would of course be helpful. This course is best suited to graphic designers or illustrators wanting to learn how to translate their work into screenprinting, or for those who have already started out in printing and want to improve their skills.

The course is run by Graham Pilling and Cameron Steward, both established screenprint artists who have exhibited and sold their work internationally, and who will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and share their experiences.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/screen-printed-posters-june/#!prettyPhoto

Teacher Training Twilight Session – Gelli Printing for Primary – June

  • 28 June 2016 5-8pm

Our Teacher Training Twilight sessions offer practical, hands on training for teachers and educators in simple, effective printmaking techniques.

Water-based inks are used, along with inexpensive materials which can be easily sourced. It is a great way to learn new skills to pass on to others, or to refresh your knowledge of a particular process.

The session will explore mono printing without the need for a press. You will use a gelli plate, paper stencils and found objects such as bubble wrap and cardboard to create colour, pattern and texture. It is recommended for primary school teachers who want to learn a fun and simple technique to use in the classroom.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/twilight-teacher-training-session-monoprinting-without-a-press/

Architectural Forms in Relief Printing – Printmaker’s Toolkit Session – July

  • 5 July 2016 10:30-11:30am

Join studio holder Jenny Thomas for a glimpse into the processes she has recently been using to create a new body of work – a collection of images of building types, from field barns to warehouses, bungalows, town houses and tower blocks. Jenny uses the processes of linocut and woodcut to create her prints. The buildings are assembled together in a variety of ways to make imaginary towns.

These 1 hour morning sessions will focus on technique, practise and making, and will comprise of practical demonstrations and talks led by practising artists and printmakers. The sessions are intended to encourage, inspire, and generate ideas and conversation about printmaking, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Both members and non-members are welcome to attend. If you are not a member, or indeed a printmaker, they can act as taster sessions to show you just what printmaking is all about. If you are a member, the sessions can offer valuable hints and tips to help further your printmaking practise, or introduce you to a new technique.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/architectural-forms-in-relief-printing-printmakers-toolkit-session-april/

Big Linocuts – July

  • 9 — 10 July 2016 11am-4pm

This course will show you how to make big, bold, colourful linocuts using one A3-size lino block, some simple tools and our large hand-printing press. You will be shown how to make the most of printing from one block, using stencils, masks and blends to build up layers of colour.

Miriam Trent is a surface pattern designer and printmaker living Leeds, West Yorkshire. After graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in Graphic Arts from Leeds Met University she started her own printed products and surface pattern design company Mintprint. In 2011 she won the WYPW Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking. Miriam makes striking, bold monoprints and linocut, and loves to spread the printmaking bug around!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£120

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/big-linocuts-july/#!prettyPhoto

Screen Printing Weekend – July

  • 16 — 17 July 2016 10am-4pm

Perfect for beginners or those who want to refresh their memory, this course will cover everything you need to get you started with screen printing. You will learn the whole screen printing process, including basic printing with paper stencils, preparing artwork for print, transferring your image onto a screen using the photo-stencil technique, printing using water-based inks, layering colours, and registration technqiues.

Explore this diverse medium in a friendly learning environment using our excellent facilities. Clare Caulfield is a practising artist and long-standing member and keyholder at WYPW, and exhibits her work nationally.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/screen-printing-weekend-july/

Introduction to Letterpress – July

  • 16 — 17 July 2016 11am-5pm

Learn to print letterpress! This course will show you all the basics of setting and printing wood and lead type, to create posters, books and stationery.

Nick Loaring is from The Print Project, a letterpress printing collective based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, keeping the skills and art of letterpress alive! He is committed to producing work which is incredible to read, feel and touch and to working on projects which are inspiring, responsible and thought provoking.

During the course you will have the option to work with a selection of wood and lead type in a range of typefaces and sizes. We have an 8 x 5” Adana press for printing small work, and a large Imperial platen press for printing larger wood type.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/introduction-letterpress-july-2/#!prettyPhoto

Summer School – Innovative Intaglio Printmaking – August

  • 5 — 7 August 2016

Join our 2014 Flourish Award winner for an exciting workshop, which will focus on breaking the conventions of ‘traditional’ etching, exploring intaglio processes and collagraph techniques. We will experiment with multiplate, layering and colour techniques.

Working with drypoint, collagraph and etching processes, you will explore a wide variety of mark making methods. Tactile and sculptural marks can be produced by layering liquid ‘ground’ or wax onto a plate to act as a ‘resist’ or ‘stop-out’ to the etching solution. The zinc and aluminium plates are then etched multiple times using a solution of copper sulphate, to build up your image in layers. Spontaneous mark-making and ‘open bite’ lines will be explored and printed, often producing beautiful abstract compositions. You will learn to register multiple plates and work with a variety of shapes and compositions. You will also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£195

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/summer-school-innovative-intaglio-printmaking-august/

Textile Screen Printing – Beginners – August

  • 13 — 14 August 2016 10am-4pm

Learn the basics of textile screen printing in our fully equipped workshop and take home t-shirts and bags and samples printed with your very own designs!

No experience necessary. The course covers making screens using the photo-exposure processes, and printing using water-based inks. 2 plain white t-shirts and 2 calico bags are included in the course cost, and extra are available to purchase on the day in a range of mens and womens sizes.

Karen Stansfield is a textile artist, studio holder and member at WYPW. Karen started her career in surface pattern design, specialising in printing onto cloth, embroidery and fashion garment construction. Over the past twenty five years she has worked in a wide variety of areas within the creative industries designing and making, which incorporated a period of time making costumes for television and theatre.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/textile-screen-printing-beginners-august/

Mono-Silkscreen Printing CREATE! Workshop – August

  • 20 August 2016 11am-3pm

Spend the day learning how to use a blank silkscreen to create one of a kind monoprints. The course will involve using hand cut paper stencils and drawing directly onto the mesh of the screen to create multi-layered, experimental work. Using this fun, freeing process you will come away with a stack of one off prints and a new skill.

Miriam Trent is a full time Illustrator/Designer, and uses printmaking in her work, mainly screen print and lino print. She has her own printed homewares business, Mintprint, and is passionate about design, art, illustration and surface pattern. She enjoys helping students to find their own path, and problem solving with them to achieve the results they want. Miriam has been teaching workshops at WYPW since 2011 when she won the Flourish Award for Printmaking.

If you have a hectic life and have to squeeze your creative time into a tightly-packed schedule, our CREATE! Saturday Sessions are for you! You can have your weekend morning lie-in, learn a new skill and indulge your creativity, and get home in time for tea! All our workshops are suitable for beginners and are taught by expert tutors, and the price of the course includes all materials.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£37

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/mono-silkscreen-printing-create-workshop-august/

Screen Printing Weekend – September

  • 17 — 18 September 2016 10am-4pm

Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print on paper.

Perfect for beginners or those who want to refresh their memory, this course will cover everything you need to get you started with screen printing. You will learn the whole screen printing process, including basic printing with paper stencils, preparing artwork for print, transferring your image onto a screen using the photo-stencil technique, printing using water-based inks, layering colours, and registration technqiues.

Explore this diverse medium in a friendly learning environment using our excellent facilities. Clare Caulfield is a practising artist and long-standing member and keyholder at WYPW, and exhibits her work nationally.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/screen-printing-weekend-september/

Reduction Linocut Weekend – September

  • 17 — 18 September 2016 11am-5pm

Join artist Scarlette Homeshaw for this two-day course exploring the reduction method of lino printing.

Unlike traditional lino printing, reduction lino involves cutting away the surface of one lino block in stages and printing each stage, layer by layer, on top of the last, creating a multi-coloured, tonal print. Intricate detail can be achieved as well as bold abstract imagery, the result can be as stylised and individual as the maker chooses.

Over the weekend you will develop a set of finished multi-layer lino prints as well as taking away with you the skills and knowledge to experiment with this highly adaptive technique. The course will cover each element of the process, from preparing your lino block, to carving, inking and printing, as well as registration methods and editioning your prints.

This course is suitable for beginners and well as those looking to learn a new printmaking technique or wanting a process refresher. Scarlette Homeshaw is a Huddersfield based printmaker who specialises in reduction lino printing and was the winner of our 2013 Flourish Printmaking Award.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130

Website

http://www.wypw.org/shop/reduction-linocut-weekend-september/

West Yorkshire Print Workshop
75A Huddersfield Road
Mirfield
West Yorkshire
WF14 8AT
England

Website

www.wypw.org

E-mail

info@wypw.org

Telephone

01924 497 646

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