COURSES

The workshop runs short, repeat courses in many print processes throughout the year, all of which provide a foundation for joining OPC as a Standard or Associate member.

To book a place on a course (and for further details) please ring the tutor whose number is listed with the course details. A deposit of 50% is paid to the tutor to secure a place with cheques to be made payable to the tutor. Fees cover most materials.

To confirm dates and times please ring course tutors, or the workshop.

OPC runs short courses on the following print processes:

OPC COURSES 2017

2017 Courses and Tutor's Name Dates & Tel No Times Cost
1 Introductory Etching
with Rahima Kenner
6 x Wednesday evenings, Jan 25th January-1st March,
tel. 01865 723 410
6.30 - 9.00 pm £150
This course introduces the basic techniques of intaglio etching. These include using line (hard ground) and tone (aquatint). Also there will be sessions on drypoint, alterations (scraping and burnishing) and soft ground textures.Differences in pigments, inks and specialist papers will be discussed and attention given to workshop practice. All necessary materials are provided and optional specialist paper and zinc may be purchased.
2 Basic Screen Printing
with Catriona Brodribb
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th January,
tel. 01235 847369
10 am - 4 pm £120
Screenprinting is a very flexible and capable medium. It caters for drawn, painted and photobased images. This course will cover how to prepare 'positive' images for screen with 'truegrain' drafting film for drawn images and photocopied images on acetates (for text and photographs). Printing is water based. Students will be able to produce a small edition.
3 Collagraph
with Janet Lueck
Thursday 16th & Fri 17th February,
tel. 07990 642148
10 am - 4 pm £120
Day 1: making collagraph plates from your own ideas, using a mount card base, and range of different materials and cutting techniques to explore surface marks & textures to achieve different tonal values. Day 2: printing your plates, using specialist printing inks, papers and the etching presses at the workshop. Different inking techniques are explored.
4 Monoprint for Beginners, & Beyond
with Neil Drury
Sunday 12th & Monday 13th March,
tel 01865 726472
10 am - 4 pm £120
With very little preliminary instruction, this course will soon have you producing some fascinating images, and able to explore this endlessly varied process! Working initially in monochrome, and using plastic plates with oil paints, brushes and etching inks, simple procedures can open up the floodgates of creativity. We will also learn more complex methods on the second day, and go on to make even more creative images than you ever thought possible! Bring your imagination!
5 Stone Lithography
with Colin Gale
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May,
tel. Keith Isaacson: 01635 31305
9.30 am - 5.30 pm £170
Colin Gale is the  director of the Artichoke Printmaking  in South London. He is a very experienced printmaker and has exhibited widely including the Royal Academy summer exhibition. He is the author of a number of books on printing techniques. He has given the two day course on Stone lithography at Oxford on an annual basis for the last seven years. The numbers are limited so that each participant gains experience in the various methods of making prints from the lithograph stone. Participants can usually produce two images. 
6 Multiplate Etching
with Morna Rhys
Mondays 5th & 12th June,
tel 01865 246739
10 am - 4 pm £120
This exciting new course will enable those with basic etching knowledge to make a two plate image on copper, using both contrasting colours and black for the same image. The course covers transferring an image from the 1st to 2nd plate, inking with contrasting colours on one plate, and black on another, and how to experiment with colour printing. Bring source material (drawings or photographs) to base your etchings on.
7 Introductory Etching
with Rahima Kenner
6 x Wednesday evenings, 7th June-12th July ,
tel. 01865 723410
6.30 - 9.00 pm £150
This exciting new course will enable those with basic etching knowledge to make a two plate image on copper, using both contrasting colours and black for the same image. The course covers transferring an image from the 1st to 2nd plate, inking with contrasting colours on one plate, and black on another, and how to experiment with colour printing. Bring source material (drawings or photographs) to base your etchings on.
8 Photopolymer Printmaking
with Heather Power
2 Sundays 9th & 16th July,
tel. 01865 331365
10am - 4pm £120
This new course covers how to prepare photo polymer plates for combining text & image; suitable for artists books, letter press & relief printing.
9 Reduction Wood & Linocut
with Catriona Brodribb
Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th August,
tel. 01235 847369
10 am - 4 pm £120
A chance to experience the exciting effects created by wood and or lino plate making. We will look at different print papers, choices of tools, wood and ink. We will print by hand as well as by platen press. This course will suit beginner,s and those who have done some woodcut printmaking before. Tools and materials are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own.
10 Collagraph & Monoprint
with Janet Lueck
Thursday 14th & Friday 15th September,
tel. 07990 642148
10 am - 4 pm £120
Day 1: making collagraph plates from your own ideas, using a mount card base, and range of different materials and cutting techniques to explore surface marks & textures to achieve different tonal values. Day 2: printing your plates, using specialist printing inks, papers and the etching presses at the workshop. Different inking techniques are explored. Additionally, combining monoprinting and collagraph techniques are demonstrated, and can be individually experimented with by students.
11 Basic Screen Printing
with Catriona Brodribb
Thursday 5th & Friday 6th Ocotber,
tel. 01235 847369
10 am - 4 pm £120
Screenprinting is a very flexible and capable medium. It caters for drawn, painted and photobased images. This course will cover how to prepare 'positive' images for screen with 'truegrain' drafting film for drawn images and photocopied images on acetates (for text and photographs). Printing is water based. Students will be able to produce a small edition.
12 Monoprint for Beginners, & Beyond
with Neil Drury
Sun 22nd & Mon 23rd October,
tel. 01865 726472
10 am - 4 pm £120
With very little preliminary instruction, this course will soon have you producing some fascinating images, and able to explore this endlessly varied process! Working initially in monochrome, and using plastic plates with oil paints, brushes and etching inks, simple procedures can open up the floodgates of creativity. We will also learn more complex methods on the second day, and go on to make even more creative images than you ever thought possible! Bring your imagination!
13 Further Etching Techniques
with Rahima Kenner
2 Wednesday evenings eves. 1st & 8th November
tel. 01865 723410
6.30 - 9.30 pm £60
This can be a refresher course for anyone with previous basic etching experience. We will explore further techniques and textures such as sugar-lift aquatint, over-printing them in colour, with monotype or marbling.
14 Wood Engraving
with: to be confirmed
Sun.12th & Mon.13th November,
tel 01865 726472
Sun 11am - 5pm,
Mon 10am - 4pm
£170
Suitable for beginners and/or those with some experience, the course will cover a range of approaches to fine line and tonal engraving on end-grain boxwood and lemonwood, as well as inking, printing and hand burnishing (on Japanese and European papers) and printing on an Albion relief press. Participants should bring sketches and/or photographs that might be used as the basis for creating small-scale black and white engraved images. The course will also include an introduction to the rich potential of creative collage using wood engraved prints.

For further course details please contact the course tutor.
Additional courses may be held during the year.
Course list updated 23 January 2017.

OPC runs short repeat courses in many print processes throughout the year. All these courses provide a foundation for joining OPC as a standard or associate member.