Learn to print

7–10 August | 10am–3.30pm daily

£275 per person

Join us for four creative and mindful days of exploratory printmaking inspired by the Chatsworth Garden. You will learn how to create a series of prints using a variety of techniques, including observational drawing, safe use of tools, mark making, transferring your design and printing techniques.

Suitable for absolute beginners, repeat attendees or those wishing to develop their artistic practice. All materials will be provided.

This course will take place in the Old Potting Shed art studio in the garden. Please meet at the top garden gates (near the Stables) at 9.45am each morning. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch or enjoy one of our many on site catering facilities.

Printmaking can be messy so please wear old clothes or bring an apron. 

Day one: Intro to printmaking
We'll explain different printmaking techniques including mono, lino, collagraph, screen print and etching and how the results vary. We'll experiment with monotype printing (linear and painterly), drawing from pot plants grown in the service glasshouse at Chatsworth. This is a great way to practice your drawing skills whilst getting to know your equipment and learn how ink responds to line and pressure.

Day two: Continuation of monotype printing using stencils and leaves
Introduction to linocuts – carry out observational drawing in the garden and develop these in the studio to design and prepare your first linocut prints. Carry out test prints on different surfaces and explore collaged grounds to print on to.

Day three: Reduction linocut printing
Learn how to apply multiple colours to one print using the reduction technique and create a limited edition series of prints.

Day four: Collagraph printing
Use drawings to design and create a textured collagraph plate to create a collagraph print. Explore your favourite print techniques and develop a print or series of prints to complete the course.

If you have attended a previous printmaking course at Chatsworth you will be free to develop in any area you choose over the week. 

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With so much to see, do, and explore in the Peak District, it's a shame to only come for the day, so why not stay a little longer? Our country cottages, shepherd's huts, hotels, and inns are the perfect base for exploring all that Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and the Peak District has to offer. Find out more.

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