Book-binding and Print-making for all

Ockment Centre, Okehampton

Who is this course for?

This is a relaxed studio group running once a month for those who wish to explore aspects of printmaking and bookbinding as a creative craft.

You can book individual 2.5 hour slots as a taster or build your own tailor-made course by booking multiple slots. Creating complex or multiple artefacts; perfecting a broader range of skills.

These will be skills focussed sessions suitable for all levels; any existing skills are welcomed and can be built on and developed.

You will develop skills used by Printmaker’s and Bookbinder’s, applying these to produce a number of artefacts; working on tutor set projects or a project of your own.

Course content

By the end of each session you will have learned or practiced a number of bookbinding or printmaking techniques.

Although the studio group is focused on individuals working on their own projects with technical support, guidance and demonstrations; group projects can be undertaken as well.

A range of materials and resources are supplied. Some techniques require additional equipment and resources therefore if you have specific requirements, please make contact with the Tutor.

Offered session dates (subject to minimum enrolments):

31/10/2019 2pm to 4.30pm

28/11/2019 2pm to 4.30pm

19/12/2019 2pm to 4.30pm

Binding styles taught can include:

(AD – additional resources required, make contact)

• Quick Casement Binding (Good for learning core skills)
• Long-stitch
• Open-spine decorative stitch
• Japanese-style and contemporary stab-binding
• Traditional Casement Binding
• Concertina and Accordion binding (AD)
• Folded books
• Binding over tapes or cords
• Mock embossing
• Closures and decorative embellishments (AD)
• Binding using leather, fine papers and recycled materials (AD)

Printmaking techniques offered include:

• Linocut
• Softcut
• Woodcut (AD)
• Fabric block printing (AD)
• Small Collagraphs (Due to press bed size) (AD)
• Embossing (AD)
• Monotype
• Small Drypoint works (On metal and Perspex) (AD)

Support and feedback

This an informal session where you will receive one to one support and feedback from your tutor

Additional costs and requirements

You can if you wish bring your own ideas for designs or binding styles. The tutor supplies all basic sundry materials and tools for experimental work.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

There will not be formal homework but learners are encouraged to continue to develop your practice outside of the classroom to further develop confidence in techniques learned.

About the tutor

Brian Norman works as an Art and Craft Tutor for Learn Devon.

Creativity should be about ‘play’, and is an intuitive process. Trying and pushing ideas to make new forms, allowing ideas and images to evolve into being.

John Cleese (1991) said about creativity; “This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious”.

These ideas encapsulate my approach to my creative practice and are the underpinning philosophy of my arts practice.

He also works as a Mental Health Mentor and Specialist Tutor providing support to Open University Students. Previously Brian worked for City College Plymouth (2009-2014), West Suffolk College (2007-2010) and Suffolk MIND (1993 -2010).

Brian has a BA in Fine Art; specialising in Printmaking, from Sunderland University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education from Open University and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University College Suffolk.

“Having been taught the craft of Printmaking from Master Printmaker and Artist Pris Forrest in the late 1980’s with a focus on Linocut, Screen-print, and Etching, I continue to develop these skills focusing on Collagraphy, Linocut, Monotype and mix media processes. More recently exploring the creative potential of bookmaking.

Brian has work in private collections held by other artists in the UK and in New York. He has run Printmaking and Bookbinding workshops at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival since 2010.

Start date23 Jan 2020
End date26 Mar 2020
Start time14:00
End time16:30
Concessions not available