West Yorkshire Print Workshop
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.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.30am - 3.00pm
Lino Etching Weekend – July
- 11 — 12 July 2015 10am-4pm
Join artist and printmaker Jenny Thomas for this innovative weekend course, exploring ways of making relief printed images using a caustic soda paste to etch linoleum. Lino etching is a very painterly technique, capable of producing gestural marks and gradations of tone. It can also be combined with traditional cutting methods using lino tools. The course co-incides with an exhibition of Jenny’s work in the WYPW gallery.
Caustic soda etches or ‘bites’ into the surface of the lino block to various depths, according to the length of time it remains in contact with the lino block. A wide range of tonal marks can be created, from white (negative) to grey (half tone). The lino may also be protected from the caustic etch by the application of a range of materials which will resist the etching process. The resulting areas will print black.
Jenny Thomas is studio holder here at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and uses the facilities for printing. She trained as a painter at Leeds and Birmingham colleges of art, and was taught lino cutting by her father. She now works mainly with relief printing, experimenting with materials and techniques, and hopes the course will encourage you to experiment also.
Introduction to Letterpress – July
- 18 — 19 July 2015 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.
After the course you then have the option of becoming a member of WYPW and continuing to use our letterpress facilities on an open-access basis, with technical support on-hand if you need it.
Nick Loaring is from The Print Project – a letterpress printing collective based at the world famous 1in12 Club in Bradford, West Yorkshire – keeping the skills and art of letterpress alive! They are committed to producing work which is incredible to read, feel and touch and to working on projects which are inspiring, responsible and thought provoking.
“I thought the course was absolutely fantastic, I enjoyed every moment! I learnt so much and thought Nick was a fabulous teacher.”
Drawing Through Printmaking
- 25 — 26 July 2015 11am-5pm
Inspired by the exciting Moore/Sutherland/Piper exhibition on display at WYPW throughout March 2015, develop your image making skills through accessible and experimental drawing exercises, then work with a range of collage and textural materials to explore a fluid and experimental approach to intaglio printmaking.
This course is a great introduction to collagraph and carborundum printmaking techniques, with time to explore new approaches to image-making. Collagraph involves collaging textural materials onto a base plate, and printing from the plate using a press, and carborundum grit allows painterly areas of rich tone to be created.
The course is suitable for people with some experience, as well as complete beginners, and will give you the skills to continue working in your own time at WYPW.
Shelley Burgoyne is an exhibiting Fine Art Printmaker with many years experience teaching and leading printmaking courses. She works mainly with drypoint, collagraph, carborundum and relief print processes. Her creative approach is organic and intuitive
exploring form and line, and the potential of printed layers.
Download the course information sheet: Drawing_Through_Printmaking_Course_Info_for_Download
All course prices include basic materials.
Big Linocuts – August
- 22 — 23 August 2015 11am-4pm
Taking inspiration from Robert Taverner’s beautiful linocut prints which will be on display in our gallery, 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!
First Steps in Etching – September
- 19 — 20 September 2015 11am-5pm
This course will teach you all the basics of hard and soft ground etching, and aquatint, to enable you to create a wide variety of marks and effects.
You will experiment with etching onto zinc and aluminium plates using copper sulphate solution, a less-toxic alternative to traditional nitric acid. The course is led with a hands-on approach from the start, with the opportunity to produce a good number of prints to take away with you. You will also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques. This is a great course for beginners and those who need a refresher, and can act as a lead-in to membership of WYPW so that you can continue to use and develop the techniques you have learnt.
Kate Desforges is a practising artist who specialises in printmaking, and is also technician at WYPW.
Beginners Screen Printing – September
- 19 — 20 September 2015 10am-4pm
Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print on paper.
The course will cover everything you need to get you started with screen printing, from preparing your artwork for print and getting your image onto a screen using the photo-stencil technique, to printing and registration, using water-based inks. 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.
“Having never screen printed before, I now cannot wait to come again! I had a fantastic experience. Worth every penny! Clare was extremely knowledgable, helpful and inspiring. I learnt a great deal and will be recommending the WYPW to friends and family.”
Textile Screen Printing – Beginners – September
- 26 — 27 September 2015 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.
Karen devises and delivers workshops teaching printmaking and other art based skills to people of all ages and abilities within the Yorkshire region, working in both school and community settings. She also produces her own art work which she exhibits locally and nationally.
West Yorkshire Print Workshop
75A Huddersfield Road
01924 497 646