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Print Studio Workshops & Courses

The Bluecoat Print Studio is a vibrant open access printmaking facility based within the Bluecoat Gallery and studios in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. We are committed to promoting and facilitating the exploration of print via workshops, exhibitions, residencies and offering low cost rental of our studios to artists. 

We have both a screenprint and etching studio which experienced printmakers can hire throughout the week. If you are an experienced printmaker and would like to find out more about hiring visit our hiring the print studio page.

We also offer introductory workshops for beginners and intermediate workshops for those who would like to expand their print knowledge all taught by experts in their field which are all listed below and on our courses and workshops page.

Workshops

Intro to Screenprint

Sat 5 Aug / Fri 11 Aug / Sat 2 Sept / Fri 15 Sept / Sat 7 Oct / Fri 20 Aug / Fri 10 Nov / Sat 2 Dec, 11am - 5pm

On this one day workshop you will be shown how to create a two layer print within our screenprint studio all the way from designing your image to pulling the squeegee and creating your print. You will be shown how to coat and expose a screen using our specialist equipment. This workshop is for complete beginners and printers that require a refresher and once you have completed it you will be able to come and hire our facilities. (We also offer an Intermediate class to push your skills even further). 

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Intermediate Screenprinting

Sat 22 July / Sat 9 Sept / Sat 11 Nov, 11am - 5pm

If you attended our Introductory screenprint workshop this is a great way to build upon your skills and really get to grips with the process of screenprinting. You will be shown some advanced techniques including how to generate photographic images using digital halftone stencils. You will produce a two layered print combining two different techniques. You will also get another chance to see how to process your screen using our cleaning chemicals and exposure unit. You will be invited to bring your own ideas along for printing but are also welcome to just come along and make something on the day. You must have completed our introductory screenprint course or have recent experience with screenprinting to sign up for this workshop.

Tickets: £60/£50

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Printmaking for Beginners

Sat 28 Oct / Sat 25 Nov, 11am - 5pm

This workshop will introduce you to some of the most important principles of printmaking. Working within our Intaglio studio you will create prints that you can print by hand and prints that use our over 100 year old etching press. This workshop offers something for everyone with a broad range of techniques from the painterly to the blocky and bold to the linear drawing based techniques. You will discover the different qualities that print techniques can offer, and leave the workshop knowing the difference between relief techniques and intaglio. You create your own reduction monoprint, linocut and drypoint. Once you have completed this workshop you will be able to come and hire the Intaglio studio. No prior experience required.

Tickets: £60/£50

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Linocut

Thurs 21 Sept / Thurs 23 Nov, 11am-5pm

Linocut is a process where you carve into a flat block in this case vinyl and then roll the surface that remains with and ink, lay over a piece of paper and press to create a bold high contrast print. On this workshop you will be shown how to use the different carving tools to generate different marks, how to generate tone and how to effectively roll up with ink, align with your paper and print. If you are an absolute beginner or if you have been printing and feel as though you need some tips on how to get a better print com along. On the day you will make a one layer black and white print and also a multi-coloured reduction print.

Tickets £60/50 

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Introduction to Etching

Thurs 24 Aug / Thurs 19 Oct, 11am-5pm

Learn all about the etching process using our over 100 year old etching press in our Intaglio studio. On the day you will be shown how to create a hard ground and soft ground etching. The process begins by you coating a metal plate with a waxy resist which you draw into to expose lines, these lines are then submerged into a copper sulphate solution which eats away at the line creating an indent. Special etching inks are then pushed into the lines on your metal plate and when printed on the etching press using damp paper creates an etching. This technique is a must for people that draw and enjoy line work but also a fascinating technique to experience. No prior experience required. We are a safe etching facility so all the chemicals that are used are safe and once you have completed the course you can come back and hire the space to keep on printing. 

Tickets: £60/£50

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Printing the Bluecoat

Sat 9 Sept, 11am - 5pm

To co-inside with the Bluecoat’s 300th year celebrations and our heritage weekend “Printing the Bluecoat” will be an opportunity to generate prints using the Bluecoat as inspiration. Using monoprint and drypoint you will draw from observation directly onto printing plates in and around the Bluecoat which will then be taken up to the print studio to make prints. Absolutely no prior experience required for this workshop just come along and spend some time observing this beautiful historic building (the oldest in central Liverpool) and take home a series of prints. 

Tickets: £60/50

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Tabletop Printmaking

Thurs 14 Sept, 11-5pm 

This workshop is all about print techniques that that require little or no specialist print equipment and can all be used at home or in your studio. You will be shown how to make relief prints by carving into vinyl or wooden blocks which when inked up act like a stamp, monoprinting which is a flexible medium that can be used for line or painterly marks and collagraph which is like a type of collage where you use different textures that when inked up create and printed create a range of tones. No prior experience required for this workshop. 

Tickets: £60/50

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Drawing and Printmaking

Thurs 12 Oct, 11-5pm 

On this day course you will be taken through a broad range of drawing exercises that will incorporate printmaking. Working directly onto printmaking plates and inked up surfaces your drawings will be translated into a range of prints. Using both drawing from observation and more free form drawing techniques you will generate a series of different images using both monoprint and drypoint. If you enjoy drawing or would like to draw more and have always fancied trying out printmaking this is the workshop for you. No prior experience required. 

Tickets: £60/50

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CMYK Screenprint

Sat 14th Oct, 11am-5pm

CMYK Screenprint is an advanced screenprinting technique whereby a colour photograph is digitally transformed into a series of dotted layers that when over printed using cyan, magenta, yellow and black create a full colour photographic image. This fascinating technique is still used to generate most printed matter. Once you have gained an understanding of this techniques on this workshop you can play around with colour and insert your screenprinted photographic image into other artworks if you like giving you the opportunity to disrupt and play with photography. You must have some prior experience of screenprint or have attended one of our introductory screenprint workshops to sign up for this course.

Tickets £60/50 

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Christmas Print Workshop

Thurs 9 Nov, 11am-5pm 

Fancy making your Christmas gifts that bit more unique this year? On this workshop you will produce Christmas cards and gift tags using your own designs and some readymade Christmas patterns. You will get to design and print your own one layer linocut and use our pre designed silk screens to add that something a bit special for your Christmas gifts. You will produce 20 cards and a series of tags on the day. No prior experience required. 

Tickets: £60/50

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Please note: We only refund cancellations with 14 days notice of workshop date. Any cancellation within 14 days we will endeavour to fill your space, but a refund can only be made if that space is filled and if it’s a group booking then we cannot guarantee that all the spaces will be sold, as we advertise each space individually. For more info email: print@thebluecoat.org.uk


 

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Give someone an experience to remember by treating them to a Print Club taster session or workshop. We offer a range of workshops including Screen Print, Etching & Monoprint. For more information and to pick up your gift go to Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324 | info@thebluecoat.org.uk

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