Introducing printmaking studio group
Who is this course for?
This is a relaxed studio group running once a month for those who wish to explore aspects of printmaking or bookbinding as a creative craft.
These are monthly linked sessions enabling you to work on extended projects or to learn new processes and skills.
Please indicate your primary area of interest on booking so that the tutor can bring the appropriate equipment and materials
These will be skills focussed sessions suitable for all levels; any existing skills are welcomed and can be built on and developed.
By the end of each session you will have learned or practiced a number of bookbinding or printmaking techniques.
Although the studio group is focused on individuals working on their own projects with technical support, guidance and demonstrations; group projects can be undertaken as well.
A range of materials and resources are supplied. Some techniques require additional equipment and resources therefore if you have specific requirements, please request a call back from the Tutor.
Binding styles taught can include:
• Casement Binding (Good for learning core skills)
• Open-spine decorative stitch (French Link or Coptic Stitch)
• Japanese-style and contemporary stab-binding
Printmaking techniques taught can include:
Support and feedback
To find out how you are getting on, you will have one-to-one discussions with your tutor.
If you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support tutor. Any information given will be treated confidentially.
Additional costs and requirements
You can if you wish bring your own ideas for designs or binding styles. 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