In brief…

Kite Studios offers a weekly Printmaking with Etching Press course for adult learners and an evening drop in Printmaking Studio, taught and facilitated by Sally Gumbridge. The course covers different intaglio and relief printing processes. We also offer a one-off trial class which gives you the opportunity to attend one class at a special discounted price, to help you decide if you would like to join us for the rest of the term. The drop in Printmaking Studio does not include tuition. It is a creative, inclusive, open access environment suitable for experienced artists and learners currently or formerly enrolled in the printmaking course wishing to access our facilities.

All this is set in our beautiful ground floor courtyard garden studio in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.

Suitable for you?

Whether you are a curious beginner, or looking for professional development to supplement your existing skill set, or an experienced artist looking to find a new working environment and friendly community in which to pursue your creativity and passion, you will be received with a warm welcome in the printmaking course. The drop in studio welcomes artists experienced in printmaking and anyone who has completed or is currently enrolled in the course.

Course duration

The Printmaking with Etching Press course is taught every Tuesday morning, during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. There is a break at Half Term. The schedule can be found on our Term Timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above). Each class is two and a half hours long and runs from 9:30am to 12 noon.

Course description

The Printmaking with Etching Press course introduces adult students to the imaginative and unique world of printmaking. The course is led by seasoned printmaker Sally Grumbridge who takes students through everything that there is to know about printmaking and – more importantly – gets students involved in making their own prints, editioning, mounting and even exhibiting their prints if they wish.

In the term-long course you will learn all about the etching press and the different printmaking capabilities that it offers. In addition, you’ll learn multiple techniques – from intaglio processes such as dry point and collagraph to relief printing with lino or woodcut, and all the bits and pieces in between. The course is a fun and exciting look into the world of printmaking led by an experienced artist and teacher. You are sure to walk away with an abundance of knowledge and skills that you can use both in printmaking and in other creative pursuits.

This specialist course boasts a small class size, offering you ample attention from the tutor.

Included in the price

The price of each class and the course includes tuition, materials (inks, newsprint and some plates) and one sheet of specialist Fabriano paper per class.

Not included

If you need, you can purchase more Fabriano paper from us at £1.50 per sheet and any bespoke formats of plates or specialist materials can be purchased from Intaglio Printmaker in Southwark.

Teachers and Facilitators

The classes and course are taught and/or facilitated by Sally Grumbridge.