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Experimental Printmaking Summer School
with Meryl Ainslie and Martyn Grimmer
Course Outline:
Over four days the Experimental Printmaking Summer School will introduce 3 new ways of printmaking that are direct and encourage you to adapt and develop printmaking within your practice. The methods selected are not overly technical and you can easily achive results with the minimum of equipment and materials within a day. Each day will bring a new printroom experience and sensibility - 'Venetian' Off-Set Printing, Cyanotype and 3D Cast prints without a press. The final day is print magic, as we bring together our layers of experience in the print room to create new works that develop your ideas.The course is individually tailored and therefore suitable for beginners and for those with experience. You will receive individual and group tuition. Meryl Ainslie MA will introduce the 'Venetian Off Set' printmaking and share her unique method of casting prints without a press. Master Printmaker Martyn Grimmer will tutor the cyanotype day and studio printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall will assist throughout the course.
Day 1
Venetian Offset Printing - This straightforward method of offset printing uses laser copies of your original drawings and photographs to create paper plates for off set printing using the etching press. Direct and flexible, it offers lots of possibilities to extend your printing repetoire into layers and colour. This day will be led by Meryl Ainslie MA
Day 2
Cyanotype is a historic alternative photographic technique using a contact process to make beautiful blue toned prints.
In this one-day session with learn how to mix the chemicals, coat the paper and expose objects as photograms, or digital negatives made in the studio, to make rich Prussian blue prints. Exposure can be done using the sun or a UV unit. Prints can also be toned to the desired effect. This day will be led by Martyn Grimmer MA.
Day 3
A demonstration of drypoint and monotype methods of printmaking, plate making from your own image resources. Creating a casting box, inking and casting your own print into a sculptural block. This is a fantastic way fo printing your intaglio plates without a press to create a 3D print with fine detail and a beautiful surface. This day will be led by Meryl Ainslie MA.
Day 4
Print magic day! A brief introduction to colour mixing and to get the best prints out of the plates you have made during the week.There is an opportunity to develop and bring together ideas and multiple layers of imagery. Review and the next step...
Course includes:
Materials - Basic Materials are supplied. Additional specialist materials are available at cost.
Spacious Studio, well equipped print room, art library.
About the Artist:

Meryl Ainslie - A multi-disciplinary approach to drawing underpins Meryl Ainslie’s sculptural installations and printmaking activity and she will encourage the investigation of drawing as a direct and indirect language, its role as a fine art discipline and mode to the development of other works. Meryl studied MA Fine Art: Drawing at Wimbldon School of art and has been the director of Rabley Drawing Centre for 10 years.

Martyn Grimmer - In addition to making his own prints, Martyn Grimmer is a freelance master printer. He works from his studio at Spike Island in Bristol with major artists to produce limited edition prints including John Wood & Paul Harrison, Mariele Neudecker, Ged Quinn, James Ireland, Andrew Mania, Daphne Wright Richard Forster and Richard Long.

Rabley Drawing Centre is located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. The farm is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio. Rabley Drawing Centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.
The centre offers short courses and termly studio and print sessions for developing artists from all creative fields. Exceptional artist - tutors offer professional and encouraging tuition in small groups.
Group Size: 9
Course Dates: TUE 7 - FRI 10 JULY 2015
Times: 9.30 - 5pm
Course Duration: 4 days
Course Fee: £450
This course is now full. Please email us if you would like to be on the waiting list or notified by email when we plan to run the course again.
Treat yourself to lunch!

We are now offering participants a pre-prepared light lunch, typically consisting of a delicious filled sandwich or baguette and a cake. If you would like to add lunch to your course booking, click the button below to add lunch to your cart. Pay by debit/credit card or Paypal account at checkout. Lunches are £7.50 per day. 

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Is this the right course for you? Please contact us if you have any queries. Tel: 01672 511999 or email:
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