Plein Air Printmaking Half Days
These Half Day Plein Air Workshops are designed to give you the maximum flexibility within your booking. We hope in this way that you will be able to extend your Plein Air experience and /or tailor it to your travel/time commitments. You may even like to book a half day workshop and then do some local sight seeing in your own time as part of your time away. The choice is entirely yours. Full day options are also available, and we would be happy to accommodate any requests to grow half day bookings into full day bookings, should you change your mind on the day! Please specify the number of half days that you would require.
Plein Air Printmaking Days. (Half and Full )
Oliver has been running arts courses, holidays and excursions since 1995. With groups of approximately ten people, Oliver’s broad artistic skills and one-to-one tuition ensure a unique experience, with many people returning annually.
These tailor made print making courses provide ideal opportunities for making new friendships, exploring and exchanging creative ideas and enjoying some of the most beautiful places in the world. To date, Oliver has run Plein Air Printmaking courses in both the U.K and also further afield in other European locations.
‘Plein Air Printmaking in Cornwall’, will give you the experience of mobile printmaking out in the wilds of West Cornwall. This printmaking experience is suitable for beginners and specialists alike. Over the days you book, you will get to see the true diversity of the landscape in the Penwith area.
When based on a smallholding near Lymmington, ‘Plein Air Printmaking in The New Forest’ gives us the opportunity to make etchings in the ancient woods and beautiful heathlands of south west Hampshire and the surrounding areas towards the Dorset coast, as well as a goat or two! ( Prices for this course may differ slightly.)
With the use of the mobile workshop facilities you will be working directly in the countryside preparing, making and proofing images without leaving the chosen location. Three printing presses will be available enabling you to experiment with a number of Printmaking processes, such as engraving and drypoint, etching, woodblock and monoprinting techniques.
Tuition is made available on an individual basis to further encourage your preferred approach. The beauty of this experience allows people to work at their own pace. Most people will return home with the experience of different printmaking processes, multiple proofs showing the process, or sometimes a part edition ready for sale in their next show.
Taking the normal Plein Air Printmaking approach, we will be making final decisions on choice of location for the day making the most of prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions on either coast or an inland location. A suggested structure of the days will be discussed on arrival allowing all participants to register their interest in their preferred locations.
Materials will be available to purchase as used. The average daily cost for materials is around £8.50 per day. Please feel free to bring your own preferred arts materials as well as an A3 sketchpad and a range of pencils eg: H + B + 2B + 6B + EE pencils. However this is not an essential requirement.
Please do not hesitate to contact Oliver for advice on materials.
Plein Air Printmaking Experience
A number of types of printmaking will be encouraged, particularly the fast of dry point engraving alongside traditional etching and monoprinting techniques. Oliver has also developed a number of his own printmaking processes that are particularly suitable for working directly in the landscape. The faster process give ample opportunity to capture changes in the moment-by-moment weather conditions.
Other relief printmaking processes such as woodblock and lino printing can also be facilitated.