February-March 2018

Cyanotype workshop at Crescent Arts, Janet White, 2017

We have some great new printmaking workshops on offer this spring! Why not try your hand at cyanotype, lino printing, monotype printing, safe etching or chine collé? We’ll also be continuing our life drawing classes and throwing a one-day ceramics workshop with an opportunity to experiment with imprinting clay.

Whether you’re a beginner and just want to have some fun and try things out, or would like to develop your skills further, our artist-tutors will inspire you with new ideas and guide you through a range of exciting creative and technical processes.

Be an ‘Early Bird’ and benefit from a discount for even greater value.

Book a place on a workshop before Friday 9th February and you’ll be eligible for a £5 discount on each one day workshop fee or when booking for all 6 sessions for the weekly life drawing or printmaking courses.

To book, please download a form here, or email us at


Wednesdays Feb 14th / 21st / 28th & March 7th / 14th / 21st
Open Printmaking Course
Intaglio Printmaking
Artist-tutor: Dawn Brooks

Develop your skills using intaglio techniques including drypoint etching, chine collé, non-toxic etching, collagraph and carborundum printing. Learn more about intaglio printing, printmaking materials and using a printing press, and produce a series of prints over the duration of the course. Bring a sketchbook for ideas and any existing printing plates you’d like to develop. Consumable materials are provided, except for new copper or zinc plates, which are available for purchase at cost price. Enroll for all six sessions to get the most out of this season of print. Please note there are no discounts on fees for single sessions.


Thursdays Feb 15th / 22nd & March 1st / 8th / 15th / 22nd
Life Drawing From the Nude
Artist-tutor: Adèle Longstaff

We offer individual advice and guidance whether your approach to life drawing is observational or more expressionistic. A selection of drawing materials including pencil, ink, pastel and charcoal is provided and you’ll discover different ways these can be used. You are encouraged to bring other materials that you like to use. All are welcome from beginners to those more advanced. You can book for all six or any single session but please note that discounts are not available for single sessions.


Saturday 17th Feb
Printmaking: Lino Printing
Artist-tutor: Justin DL

Linocut is a fairly simple process similar to woodcut. Your design is cut into a sheet of linoleum, which is then inked and impressed onto paper. You can create multi-colour prints by cutting and printing in stages. You can print using our magnificent antique Victorian Columbian Press. The workshop is suitable for all abilities. Materials are provided, but do bring a sketchbook with ideas for designs.


Saturday 24th Feb
Printmaking: Intaglio and Chine Collé
Artist-tutor: Dawn Brooks

Dawn will guide you through the exciting processes of intaglio and chine collé printmaking. On this experimental workshop you will learn the basics and try your hand at combining intaglio methods and collage techniques to create unique prints exploring rich variations using lines, tones and textures.


Monotype Print, Crescent Arts, Ruth Miemczyk, 2017


Saturday 3rd March
Printmaking: Monotype Printing
Artist-tutor: Ruth Miemczyk

Monotype printing is an approach that will appeal to the more adventurous and which combines printmaking and painting. The process results in a ‘one-of-kind’ image produced by working a design with oils, inks and similar materials on a surface such as glass slab, metal plate or stone. The image is then transferred to paper. Ruth will guide you through this intriguing and versatile process, with plenty of opportunity to experiment with ideas and materials.



Saturday 10th March
Pinch, Press, Coil, Roll – Hand-building Ceramics
Artist-tutor: Charlotte Salt

Discover the infinite world of hand-building with clay and the artistic possibilities it opens.
Hand-building is working with clay by hand using only simple tools, not the pottery wheel. Before potters had the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms using clay, their hands and fingers, and basic hand tools. Learn the three most common forms of creating hand built pots: pinchpot, coiling and slab techniques.

Charlotte Salt, 2018


Saturday 17th March
Printmaking: Safe Etching – hard and soft ground
Artist-tutor: Dawn Brooks

An introduction to etching using non-toxic materials. Hard ground is drawn through with a needle, giving a pen like quality, while a soft ground line has the character of soft pencil or crayon. Textures can be imprinted with materials such as lace, gauze or dry foliage. With safe etching materials, participants will produce a series of prints over the day. Materials are provided, including your first printing plate (additional copper or zinc plates are available for purchase at cost price). Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Bring a sketchbook for ideas!


Saturday 24th March
Light Waves: Cyanotype Printing
Artist-tutor: Janet White

Learn the simple but exciting process of cyanotype printing with artist-tutor Janet White. The cyanotype process dates back to the birth of photography. Within this workshop you will learn about this magical process, creating your own deep blue prints on paper or fabric. Create your own designs with found or personal objects and materials which might include any small items such as flowers, foliage, feathers or even photographic negatives.


Workshop Information
There are limited places on each workshop, usually a maximum of 8, so book early to avoid disappointment. All workshops are for adults 18 years and over and all materials are included unless otherwise indicated.

Workshop Times
Saturdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday & Thursday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Other workshop times are as advertised.

Workshop Fees
Saturdays (one day workshops) – members £30 / non-members £40
Wednesday and Thursday evening courses – (6 two-hour sessions of Life Drawing or Printmaking) members £78 / non-members £90
Individual two-hour sessions on Wednesdays or Thursdays £16 each session (sorry, no discounts). Other workshop fees are as advertised.

Facilities Booking
Book our print facilities – please email info@crescent
Full day (10.00am – 4.00pm) members £10 / non members £20
Half day (10.00am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 4.00pm) members £5 / non members £10

Why not join Crescent Arts for 2018-2019 and benefit from members rates for our workshops? You’ll also receive invitations to exhibition opening and events, and have priority access to book our printmaking facilities and workshop space.
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