Eco printing: FULL
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have an interest in learning about Eco printing as a new art form.
This short interactive online live course is aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around Eco Printing. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about eco printing or wants to explore new ideas in their art.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course.
Eco printing is using the natural forms from your garden and the countryside, with accessible, safe mediums to create exciting, varied images on paper or on fabric. On this one-day course we will both follow and avoid the long boiling process. So, we will be using a traditional method in an old lidded pan and also, be using a microwave. We will be exploring and discussing the results and planning cards, books and art pieces.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and written feedback on your progress. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection.
Watercolour strength paper (minimum 6 x A5 pieces), old white cotton sheets or white cotton fabric (minimum 6 x A5 pieces or longer strips), LOTS of leaves, flowers (flat, not bulky), petals, grasses for the images (more than you think)
Old tiles or pieces of wood or thick plastic to press the paper and foliage in the microwave, so must fit.
Short pieces of wooden dowel, (found thick twigs with bark and any sharp parts removed) or metal pipes that will fit in your pan, to wrap the fabric or paper around.
White vinegar, rust water made in a jar at least a week before (old nails, rusty objects, in a jar of water), tea bag for a change of colour.
String, pegs, tape, to tightly wrap the press. Only the string will remain in the microwave or pot.
Ziplock or sandwich bags to fit your press into or cling film (these can be reused to avoid plastic waste)
Two trays or containers to soak leaves and to soak paper separately, Microwave, Wool blanket. (old wool jumper could work). Wool holds the heat much better than anything else.
Old pan to boil your dowel or pipes. Tongs or oven gloves to pick up the hot plates and pipes, newspaper or towels to soak up the mess, measuring jug for liquids.
You can work from a small table or kitchen surfaces at home, where you can spread out comfortably and you will need access to a hob and microwave.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.
Preparing rust water a week before and collecting leaves and flowers. Some can be pressed, frozen or picked fresh.
About the tutor
Carolyn Shaw started working at Learn Devon in February 2020, teaching a range of Art techniques. She had worked in both Manchester and New Zealand for over 20 years, as a teacher of Art and Design in High Schools, in Tertiary and with adults. She has successfully created and sold her own printmaking. Carolyn returned to the UK to live in 2019 and chose Devon.
When not producing her own work, Carolyn spends lots of time with her rescue dog, swims and tries to surf on her longboard. She is rediscovering the landscapes of Britain and travels around in her mini campervan. She is also loving being nearer to old friends and family.
Carolyn loves teaching Art and enjoys the moments when people create something that excites them or say ‘I didn’t think I could do that’. She thinks it is important to allow people to see that Art is accessible and her classes should be a place of experimentation, support and enjoyment, where the experienced and the novice can both succeed.