Printmaking and book binding: for all

Gate House, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a relaxed group running for 5 weeks for those who wish to explore aspects of printmaking and bookbinding as a creative craft. This is a course suitable for all levels; any existing skills are welcomed and can be built on and developed. You will develop a range of skills used by Printmaker’s and Bookbinder’s, applying these to produce a number of artefacts.

Course content

By the end of the course you will have produced a hand bound book and a number of prints using a single or combination of techniques.

This is an open and flexible programme designed to meet the learning needs of those new to Bookbinding / Printmaking; as well as those of more experience who require studio access.

Those new or less experienced in these processes can join the more structured, taught parts of the programme. While those who have more experience and want to work on their own projects can do so; and will receive technical support from the tutor.

As part of the structured programme, a tutor-guided bookbinding project will be delivered in the first two weeks.

The remaining weeks will focus on Printmaking. Resources will be available to explore the ‘relief printed’ processes of Linocut and woodcut on paper or fabric; also ‘Intaglio printed’ Collagraph and dry-point techniques.

Resources and guidance can be provided if individuals want to work on their own projects or other processes. Please make contact with the Tutor to discuss your requirements.

Support and feedback

This an informal session where you will receive one to one support and feedback from your tutor

Additional costs and requirements

You can if you wish bring your own ideas for designs. The tutor supplies all basic sundry materials and tools for experimental work.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

There will not be formal homework but learners are encouraged to continue to develop your practice outside of the classroom to further develop confidence in techniques learned.

All relief printing and bookbinding techniques learned are easy to replicate at home and this idea will be explored in the classroom.

About the tutor

Brian Norman works as a Tutor for Learn Devon, and teaches Bookbinding, simple book restoration and a number of Printmaking processes. He also works as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor with other organisations.

Brian has a BA in Fine Art; specialising in Printmaking, from Sunderland University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education from Open University and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University College Suffolk.

Brian was taught the craft of Printmaking from Master Printmaker and Artist Pris Forrest in the late 1980’s with a focus on Linocut, Screen-print, and Etching. He has continued to develop these skills focusing on Collagraphy, Linocut, Monotype and mix media processes.

Brian has pursued range of other creative interests to include photography, papermaking and the creative potential of bookbinding.

Brian has work in private collections held by other artists in the UK and in New York. He has run Printmaking and Binding workshops at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival for a number of years.

He rarely exhibits his work with his focus being more about ‘play’ and the process of making.

Creativity should be about ‘play’, and is an intuitive process; trying and pushing ideas to make new forms and allowing ideas and images to evolve into being.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent van Gogh

Start date12 June 2019
End date10 July 2019
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available