Print Workshops

Spring 2020 Print Workshop programme

All these workshops are at The Forge Studios in Digswell near Welwyn, at our fully equipped Printmaking Studio.

Facilities include: Large Etching Press and Albion Press, kitchen and ample on-site parking.
The ‘Forge’ is located in Digswell, Herts (near Welwyn) It is 5 minutes drive from the A1M (junc 6) and a 7 minute walk from Welwyn North train station.

The language of marks; Print paint collage stitch.

Print & Stitch Workshop

Saturday 25th January / Sunday 26th January

Tutor – Sally Tyrie
Times 10.30 – 4pm each day.
Fee is £65 per day inc. all materials

Discount available booking both days – fee for the weekend course = £115

In this 2 day event Sally Tyrie will be delivering an in depth look at methods of creating Multilayered prints by using an exciting mixture of printing, drawing and mark making methods combining print, collage and stitch.

You are welcome to sign up for either both days or one of the days, depending on your interest.

Day one

Will involve learning how to create a variety of colourful prints using found natural objects such as leaves, seed heads and textural surfaces, combined with expressive mark making. All Materials included; Oil based Inks, paper and tissue, all sundries.

Day two

will involve learning how to develop your print work using linear mark making, stitch embellishing and collage using machine stitch. Students will explore methods of assemblage and ways to add colour, texture and ways of reinterpreting their print work.

Essential Equipment needed – students on day 2 will need to provide their own Sewing Machine. Please check your machine is in good working order before attending the day. Some basic knowledge of your machine is advisable, to make the most of the day.

Materials included – machine thread, spare bobbins, paper, additional materials for collage and drawing such as acrylic inks. All tools provided except sewing machines.

You will need to bring a sewing machine.

If you would like to book both days early booking is advisable.

For Bookings – fill in the booking details or contact sally on sally.tyrie@ntlworld.com

Drypoint with Collagraph

Saturday 22nd February
Tutor – Sue Jarman
10.30 – 4pm

Fee – £65

Includes materials.

Suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.

This course combines drypoint and collagraph printmaking techniques. Exploring with line, shape and texture to produce acrylic plates, you will then produce a series of prints using an etching press. This process is very good for capturing detail, bolder shapes and colour within a print.

Sue is an image maker, printmaker and storyteller. Her work is about creating emotional responses through drawing, painting and illustration, and then taking them somewhere different using printmaking.

She has a wide range of experience running creative workshops and lecturing and is a print member at the Forge.

Website: https://www.suejarman.co.uk
Instagram: @sue_jarman

Linocut Workshop – Repeat pattern printing (Tote Bags)

Saturday 14th March

Tutor – Jonathan Emmerson
10.30 – 4pm
Fee – £65

On this day course you’ll learn how to use the various different linocut tools.

We’ll look at different ways to create a repeating pattern on paper or fabric (Tote Bags) and make our own lino tiles, printing our designs in monochrome and colour. All materials will be provided.

Classes are small – so lots of individual tuition and support. All abilities welcome, including beginners.


Exploring Monoprint

Saturday April 18th

Tutor – Suman Gujral
10.30 – 4pm
Fee – £65

All materials included

Suitable for all levels

Learn about the versatility of mono print techniques. During this day course you will learn how to create a group of expressive, composed Monoprints. This is a day experimenting and learning about the many possibilities of this verstile painterly process.

Included in the day will be an exploration of mark making – including using stencils, making negative and positive images and mixing colour.

Suman Gujral is a Fine Artist and has previously exhibited at the new Museum of St. Albans, Parndon Mill and the Woolwich Print Fair. Last year Suman completed an MA specialising in printmaking for which she received a Distinction. Suman is one of our resident Artists based at the Forge Studios https://www.sumangujral.com

New ‘Refresher’ Print Sessions available

Digswell Arts ‘Forge’ studios now offers a Refresher Print Day for Artists that have previous printmaking experience but feel a little rusty.

Whole days or half days available on Fridays and Saturdays.

To book email sally.tyrie@ntlworld.com or fill In the booking form below.

This session is suitable for those who have previous experience working independently with printmaking equipment either at college, University or on a Workshop programme, but feel a little rusty.

Assistance, advice and instruction in a variety of Techniques, methods and processes in Printmaking will be on offer by Digswell Arts printmaker Sally Tyrie.

The day includes a health and safety Induction (for those new to the print room at Digswell Arts)

See some of sally’s work at http://sallytyrie.com

You are advised to choose 1 –  3 techniques from the following list or you may just wish to have advice on how to successfully print from a previously created plate, using our large etching press.

Techniques available:

Lino print / Collagraph Print / Drypoint Etching / Monoprint

Materials such as paper and ink can be purchased on the day if requested at booking.

Please note: this is a refresher session and if you would like more in-depth instruction it is advised you book onto one of our Group Workshops.

Whilst ongoing support and help is on hand throughout the day, after initial instruction artists are expected to work fairly independently.

Fee for a whole day – (10.30 to 4.30) –  £55
Half day – (10.30 to 1.30/  1.30 to 4.30 ) – £35


The Forge, Hertford Road
Digswell, AL6 0BU

Talk to Sally


Saturday – 10am – 15pm
Sunday – 10am – 15pm

About the Tutors

Sally Tyrie is a Fine Artist Printmaker and has been based at the Forge studios since 2010.  She has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and an MA in Fine Art with Distinction from the University of Hertfordshire.  Sally’s work has been selected for a number of prestigious competitions and her work can be seen in a number of galleries in the UK. See more of Sally’s work at http://www.sallytyrie.com

Jonathan Emmerson – is an Fine Artist illustrator based at the Forge Studios who works with relief printmaking and fabric design. Recent exhibitions include; ‘Natural Histories’ at Artistsmeet, Rickmansworth which included large scale fabric designs, limited edition linocut & woodcut prints, and hand-printed cards. http://www.jonathanemmerson.com/

Katharine Green – Guest Fine Artist Katharine Green has had her work selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and is represented in a number of regional galleries. A number of her designs have also been published as a group of Fine Art greeting cards with ‘Green Pebble’. Katharine originally studied Illustration at Portsmouth University. https://www.katharinegreen.com

Print Workshop Booking Form


For our printmaking workshops at Forge Studios Print room.

A. Harris
“I really enjoyed the workshop and achieved a much more complicated result than I anticipated and learnt a lot in the process…

Facilities amazing. Lovely space to work in for a small group. Great to have accessible kitchen and loo nearby.”

‘Thanks, Sally.

I greatly enjoyed my day with you and am inspired to continue developing (in every sense) work.’

F. Payne
‘Thanks for a great print workshop yesterday. Really enjoyed it.’
‘Thank you very much for Sunday, I enjoyed it very much and you have given me lots to think about. I am enjoying reading and looking at your book too’
J. Carr
“..Just seen the pictures you’ve put up on the Digswell Arts website and very flattered to see some of my prints included! Everyone’s work looked great and the course was excellent.

…Thanks again for such an inspirational weekend, and hope to see you soon on another course. “

L. Keeley
“Thank you Sally for another wonderful, relaxed day of printing. So much space to work in and of course the fantastic press”.
C. Rangel
“Working on the collograph and been in a print studio again was really enjoyable!”
A. Tilby
‘Hi Sally and Suman

Thank you both for a lovely and supportive day.

You were a great help and had such an array of interesting work’

L. Heaton
‘Thank you for a really enjoyable and informative workshop. I am looking forward to continuing to work on my prints.’
‘Just a quick email to say “thank you” for a lovely day in your studio. Your style of teaching is relaxed and very informative at the same time. I am going to frame one or two of my prints from the day and the one I bought from you. You have wetted my appetite to get cracking on progressing with art.’
S. Brown
“Just a note to thank you for the workshop on Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and valued being able to see and try out the range of equipment available. I am now going to get myself some oil-based inks and paper from either Intaglio or the place that you mentioned in Knebworth, and will then be in contact to try to arrange a date to come over and do some printing”.

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