October - December 2017

Printmaking at Crescent Arts, 2017

Printmaking at Crescent Arts, 2017

We have some great new workshops and courses on offer this autumn with a delicious dash of Halloween horror and Christmas sparkle thrown in. Try your hand at cyanotype, collagraphic or screen printed greetings cards, life drawing, ceramic Christmas tree decorations, scary ‘glow-in-the-dark’ stitching on textiles and much more besides.

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 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 22nd September and you’ll be eligible for a £5 discount on each 1 or 2 day workshop fee and when booking for all 6 sessions for life drawing or printmaking.

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


Wednesdays Oct 11th / 18th / 25th & Nov 1st / 8th / 15th
Open Printmaking Workshops:
Intaglio Printmaking
Artist-tutor: Dawn Brooks

Develop your skills using intaglio techniques including drypoint etching, chine collé, non-toxic etching and collagraph/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 Oct 12th / 19th / 26th & Nov 2nd / 9th / 16th
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 7th Oct
Cyanotype: Dreaming of a Blue Christmas
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 objects and materials – work to a Christmas theme to produce unique cards unlike any to be found anywhere in the shops!


Saturday 14th Oct
Printmaking 1: Non-toxic 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. Workshoppers might find it helpful to bring a sketchbook for ideas.


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd Oct
(two day workshop)
Printmaking: Screen Printing
Artist-tutor: Steven Malorie Potter

Steven Potter introduces you to screen printing in this 2-day workshop, using direct stencils to produce multi-colour prints over several stages to develop an image. Working from your original drawings or designs, Steven will guide you through the basics of screen printing with an opportunity to explore the versatility of the medium along the way. This workshop is aimed at all levels from beginners, as well as those with some experience, or if you just want to experiment more with printmaking.


Saturday 28th Oct
Halloween: Scary Stitching 7 yrs + (bring an adult!)
Artist-tutor: Serena Partridge
Fee: £25 each adult (18 yrs +) / £15 each young person (7-17 yrs)

Spook yourself on this scary stitching workshop. We all know drawing can be frightening and you’ll be encouraged to make the most frightening drawing you can possibly imagine. Serena will show you how to trace your drawing onto material and embroider it with a variety of different stitches. Bring a plain t-shirt, bag, pillowcase or similar and stitch it with glow-in the-dark thread. Finally we’ll turn out the lights (ooooooh!) to ‘see’ your handy work. If you’re under 13 yrs you must bring an adult – or you’ll be really spooked….


Saturday 18th Nov
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 exciting and versatile process, with plenty of opportunity to experiment with ideas and materials.


Saturday 25th Nov
Ceramic Christmas Tree Decorations
Artist-tutor: Charlotte Salt

Deck the halls and make something special for your tree this year! Clay is a wonderful material to play with to create unique and personalised Christmas tree decorations. Using white earthenware or porcelain to create your decoration, it can be 2D or 3D and can be drawn into, perforated or embossed. Decorations will be fired and can then be painted or ‘glitterfied’ according to taste.


Saturday 2nd Dec
Printmaking: Collagraph Christmas Cards
Artist-tutor: Dawn Brooks

Create unique cards or prints as special greetings and gifts this Christmas. Dawn will take you through the exciting process of collagraph printmaking using collage, texture and colour to make wonderfully rich, multi-layered prints. Come prepared with a simple Christmassy design idea and develop it using this creative process and printing with our spectacular Colombia press.

Intaglio Printmaking at Crescent Arts, 2017

Intaglio Printmaking at Crescent Arts, 2017

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 & Sundays: 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
Saturday & Sunday (two day workshops) – members £60 / non-members £80
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 (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 2017-2018 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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