Linoprinting at Crescent Arts, 2019



Spring is in the air and we’re offering some exciting workshops to put a spring in your step. Learn about reduction block linoprinting with artist-printmaker John Jones, whose exhibition ‘LAND MARKS’ launches our 40th celebrations in March. Recycle materials in an experimental collage workshop or to make deep blue cyanotype prints. We’ll be continuing our life drawing classes, open print course, ceramics workshops and much more besides. Whether you’re a beginner and want to try things out, or would like to develop your skills further, our artist-tutors will inspire 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 8 March 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, printmaking or ceramics courses.

To book, please download  workshop booking form 2019, or email us at

Open Printmaking Course
March 13, 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17 – Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £78 / non-members £90 / single sessions £16

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. You’ll produce a series of prints in stages 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. Enrol 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.

Life Drawing from the Nude
March 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11, 18 – Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Artist/tutor: Adèle Longstaff
Members £78 / non-members £90 / single sessions £16

Life drawing challenges the way we look at the human figure and can change how we see it. Whether your approach to life drawing is observational or more expressionistic, we offer advice and guidance to develop your drawing skills. A selection of materials including paper, pencil, ink, pastel and charcoal is provided and you’ll discover different ways these can be used. Feel free to bring other materials with you. 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.

Monotype Screen Printing
Saturday 16 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £30 / non-members £40

Monotype printing is an approach that lies between printmaking and painting. A ‘one-of-kind’ image is produced by working a design with oils, inks and similar materials and then transferring the image to paper. Dawn will guide you through this exciting and versatile process, with plenty of opportunity to experiment with ideas.

Reduction-Block Linoprinting
Saturday 23 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: John Jones
Members £30 / non-members £40

Learn more about the fascinating process of reduction-block linoprinting, a process which entails printing from a single block in successive stages to produce multi-colour prints. Benefit from the expertise and guidance of John Jones as the artist-tutor, who will introduce you to various techniques including etched-lino printing.   

Ceramic Sculpture Course
March 26 & April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Artist/tutor: Charlotte Salt
Members  £78 / non-members £90 (all six sessions)

Develop hand building techniques with clay whilst exploring your own creative ideas. Charlotte will demonstrate pinch pot, coil building, slab techniques and using glazes – all of which can be combined in one piece of work. Whether you want to experiment, be decorative and/or functional, you’ll learn new skills in a nurturing environment, working at your own pace. You’ll definitely have something to show by the end of the course. Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty – bring your own apron and a small hand towel. The course fee for six weeks includes clay / all materials and two kiln firings (bisque/glaze).

Recycle to Collage, Claire, 2019


Recycle to Collage
Saturday 30 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Claire
Members £30 / non-members £40

Bring your creativity to bear on recycling materials, help to conserve the environment and make intriguing collages. Most materials can be recycled so if you’re having a good spring clean, rather than throw things away, save and bring things to use in this workshop. We’ll provide the means to attach with glue, staples, tapes, pins etc. Bring at least one item to barter in a ‘swap shop’ of materials on the workshop.

Printmaking: Intaglio & Chine Collé
Saturday 13 April, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £30 / non-members £40

This workshop will show you how to develop previous prints into chine collé papers and to incorporate into new works. You will learn the process of selecting and preparing the papers suitable for the collage process as well as producing an intaglio plate to print. Bring any existing prints to work from, or just experiment on the day.

Life Drawing from the Nude
Sunday 28 April, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Adèle Longstaff
Members £50 / non-members £60

A full day session of life drawing which will allow for longer poses and more concentrated work on drawings. Whether your approach is purely observational or you prefer a freer, expressive form of drawing this workshop will provide an opportunity to improve your drawing skills. Materials are provided.

Screen Printing
Sunday 5 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Justin DL
Members £30 / non-members £40

Justin will introduce you to the colourful medium of screen printing using various stencil processes, including photographic stencils, to produce multi-colour prints and developing an image working from your original material. You will learn the basics of screen printing with an opportunity to explore the versatility of the medium. All are welcome, from beginners to those with some experience. Bring photographs or sketches to work from (print or digital). 

Printmaking: Hard Ground Etching
Saturday 11 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £30 / non-members £40

This technique produces a crisp, clean line quality and is a must for people that draw and enjoy line work. The process begins by coating a metal plate with an acrylic resist which you draw into to expose lines. The plate is then submerged in a copper sulphate solution, which etches the line ready to ink up and print. No prior experience is required.

Awash, detail, recycled plastic, Janet White, 2019


Cyanotype Printing – Plastics Recycle
Saturday 18 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Janet White
Members £30 / non-members £40

The cyanotype process dates back to the birth of photography and on this workshop you will learn how to make your own stunning deep blue prints. Create designs on an environmental theme with waste plastic objects and any materials that can be recycled. Bring discarded plastic materials of all kinds to use in the workshop.

Printmaking: Soft Ground Etching
Saturday 25 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £30 / non-members £40

Soft ground etching produces a print that looks like a drawing, with a different quality to hard ground etching. The process involves coating a metal plate with a soft wax ground and then transferring a drawing through paper into the ground. The plate is etched in copper sulphate, ready to ink up and print. No previous experience is required. 

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
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Other workshop times are as advertised.

Workshop Fees
Saturdays & Sundays (one day workshops) – members £30 / non-members £40
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening courses – (6 two-hour sessions of Life Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics)
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 and help us to celebrate 40 years of creativity! Benefit from members rates for our workshops and receive invitations to all exhibition openings and special events. You’ll also have priority access to book our printmaking facilities and workshop space. 

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