Outreach is a term used to describe printmaking activities and workshops that are organised for venues outside the facilities of Swansea Print Workshop.
Teams of specially trained professional printmakers are regularly appointed to work in schools and colleges and with community groups. We cater for all ages and all levels of ability.
As an organisation, Swansea Print Workshop has access to a wide range of experience and specialist knowledge in the form of our members, who come from artistic and educational backgrounds. Over the years we have undertaken projects large and small and have taken presses and equipment out into schools and community venues to work with people of all ages and abilities.
Swansea Print Workshop can offer a range of courses, workshops or activities to suit any venue or event. If you are interested in using this service and would like a quote or simply wish to discuss it with a member of staff, please contact Swansea Print Workshop
Below are list of courses, direct workshops and activities that we offer to schools and community groups:
Monoprint involves the application of printing inks to a non-porous surface such as plastic, which is then printed off. By its very nature, mono-print offers almost limitless potential to experiment with colour and mark making and can be printed over a variety of pre-prepared substrates. Mono-prints can be printed with or without a press and great results can be achieved without the need for specialist equipment. For this reason, it is the ideal medium through which to introduce printmaking to children. It offers students and printmakers alike a very simple and direct way to produce an image and print it on to paper.
Working with Stamps
Using stamps to print with is probably the most familiar printmaking process that there is. Stamps can be made from a variety of materials, including camping mat foam, PVA sealed card, insulation board, thick glue and even objects such as bottle tops, ring-pulls or food packaging. It offers children the chance to experiment with a wide variety of materials and textures and to explore shapes and patterns with freedom and inventiveness.
The word collagraph comes from collage. It is a process that involves building a collage of textures on a cardboard base using a variety of materials. The plate is then sealed and can be inked and printed to produce an image. The impressive prints produced by this technique belie the simplicity of the method.
Collagraph is suitable for all ages and abilities as it is a highly accessible form of printmaking. It relies only on paper, card and PVA glue to make the printing plate and can be printed without the need for a press, using multiple colours applied with foam rollers and hand pressure using a simple wooden spoon.
Not to be confused with the polystyrene sheets used by many schools, the press-print process is done using plastic foam board, a material more often used in the sign industry. Foam board can be drawn into with a biro to create a shallow relief deep enough to print from. No cutting is required and it is easy to trace/press an image directly on to the block.
Drypoint is a type of etching that does not require the use of acid. Instead it involves inscribing a line into the surface of metal or plastic to create a positive drawn image from which to print. Ink is then worked into the lines, and the plate is wiped clean where areas have been left unmarked. An etching press is essential for this process because in order to print from the inked plate, paper must be embossed into the surface to enable it to make contact with the inks in the lines. This technique is known as intaglio printing and has been used by many renowned artists down the ages, for example Goya, Rembrandt and Picasso to name but a few.
Screen print is a stencil based printmaking technique. Stencils are attached to a screen mesh, through which inks are squeezed with a squeegee. Because it does not involve any form of pressing, screen prints can be made on more or less anything flat. This means that in screen print, more than in any other medium, a print can be applied to the widest variety of substrates, including, paper, card, textiles, glass, plastic and metal. Excellent results are achieved by printing over pre-prepared backgrounds such as collages or prints