Explore Monoprinting

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Explore Monoprinting | Thu 3 Nov to Thu 10 Nov | 7-9pm | £40 (2 wks)| 16 yrs+ | Tutor Karen Lester | Studio 3/Print Room

Create painterly monotype prints using different techniques and a printing press. An expressive approach to printmaking, this is an ideal introduction to this wonderful medium.  

What will the sessions cover and how will it be taught?
Working directly onto a plastic sheet, use brushes and rollers to apply printing ink and develop images using lifting techniques, layering and stencils.  Starting with black ink before experimenting with colour you can work realistically using a reference image (landscape, still life, figure) or take a more abstract approach based on imagination. 

The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience with tutor led demonstrations, discussion and example work which will support and guide you throughout. 

Who is it suitable for?
No previous printmaking experience needed, just a will to experiment!  

The following materials will be provided:
All printmaking materials provided 

Are there any additional costs?
No  

Important Information What do I need to bring? 
Print making is messy so wear old clothes! You are advised to bring an apron or old shirt to protect clothes. 

Be aware that some chemicals in inks and cleaning materials may affect those with certain medical conditions e.g sensitive skin  

You might like to bring images to work from, photos or sketches. In week 1 we will start with black ink so images with strong contrast will be useful for this session. 

About the tutor
Karen works across media, painting, drawing and printmaking, selecting media to respond to a variety of reference sources, particularly those found in the landscape, natural and man-made.  

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. A recent project, a commission by Lancaster University and focussing on Morecambe Bay is a series of images using a variety of printmaking techniques. 

She enjoys a freer style of painting and drawing as a perfect way to respond to subjects, as well as the excitement of the possibilities of colour. As part of her evolving practice she continually seeks to develop through exploration of the wonderful qualities of different media, often combining materials to create mixed media images. 

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011. She is also a Member of Cumbria Printmakers and Green Door artists’ collective. karenlester.com 

Karen Lester

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