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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 a variety of workshops for beginners and intermediates who would like to expand their print knowledge all taught by experts in their field which are all listed below.

Please note: All of our workshops and courses are for adults age 18+. If you're interested in accompanied workshops for under 18's please 2019 please drop up us a line at print@thebluecoat.org.uk 

 

Workshops

Introduction to Screenprint

Sat 3 Nov, Fri 23 Nov, Sat 1 Dec, Sat 12 Jan, Fri 25 Jan, Sat 2 Feb, Sat 9 Feb, Fri 22 Feb 

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 26 Jan

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.

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Printmaking for Beginners

Sat 17 Nov, Sat 15 Dec, Sat 19 Jan, Fri 15 Feb 

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.

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Linocut

Fri 7 Dec, Fri 11 Jan, Sat 16 Feb, Fri 8th March, Sat 13th April 

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.

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Introduction to Etching

Fri 18 Jan, Fri 15th March, Fri 19th April

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. 

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CMYK Screenprint

Sat 23 Feb, Sat 27th April

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.

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Christmas Print Workshop

Fri 9 Nov / Sat 10 Nov

Design your own Christmas cards, gift tags, decorations and wrapping paper on this one day course at the Bluecoat Print Studio. Using linocut and screenprint techniques you will get the chance to add those extra special finishing touches to your Christmas this year.

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Intermediate Etching

Friday 14 Dec / Mon 4 Feb

Leading on from the Introduction to Etching workshop in this session we will experiment with different ways to create tone and play with colour. Using techniques such as chine colle and acrylic aquatint you will expand upon your knowledge of hard and soft ground etching from the introductory course. Some prior knowledge of etching is essential for this workshop.

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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. 

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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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