Hot Bed Press
Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio | The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB | Tel: 0161 743 3111 | Email: info@hotbedpress.org

We are really pleased to be ready to announce our latest programme of weekend and evening courses, (after almost 2 years break).

Courses will start in mid-March and will be launched and open for bookings very soon. We expect this programme to be very popular.

There will be something for everyone, but mainly we will be picking up where we left off running some of the courses postponed in 2020 and adding some new tutors and new print techniques.

It’s going to be so good to get back to having full courses creating a buzz about the place. We’ve been running the Compete Printmaker and Complete Book Arts courses, but having gone from 45+ courses a year down to none overnight was a shock to the system… However, we are coming back better and stronger with improvements to the workshop and major investments into new equipment, including 5 new Kippax screenbeds, a new acid bath and new large paper bath and lots more. So our courses are going to be even better, plus the whole workshop has had a good paint and very good clean.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Sean Rorke

Artistic Director 

Current Course List


Masterclass

Mokulito Printing – Plywood Litho

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-05-28 11:00:00
Ending: 2022-05-29 17:00:00

From: 2022-05-28 11:00:00 to 2022-05-29 17:00:00

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May          11.00am – 5.00pm    In plywood lithography, or ‘Mokulito’ traditional lithographic drawing materials are used to draw and paint onto the plywood surface. The drawing is then processed using gum arabic, and the block is inked up and printed using the etching press. Blocks can also be cut into using woodcutting tools, marrying up lithography with woodcut. Because of the coarser nature of wood in comparison to stone or metal plate, fine detail cannot always be retained, so this process would suit those who have a more experimental approach to image-making, embracing and working with the natural properties of the wood. The grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, becoming stronger with each subsequent print, and ‘filling in’ until white becomes muddy and the block is no longer useable. Editions of anything from 3 – 15 can be produced from one block, depending on the individual properties of the wood used, the drawn image, the processing and the printing. Blocks cannot usually be re-printed. Kate will guide you through this fascinating technique with a hands-on, experimental approach, providing examples, instruction and advice throughout. The aim of the course is to gain a good understanding of the process and to create a small run of prints from your own plywood block, and to give you the confidence to carry on using the technique in your own practice.   Read more...

Cost: £150.00 / £130.00 members

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Portfolio Box Making 

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-05-28 11:00:00
Ending: 2022-05-29 17:00:00

From: 2022-05-28 11:00:00 to 2022-05-29 17:00:00

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May          11.00am – 5.00pm   Over the course of a weekend, you will learn how to make a bespoke clamshell box from scratch. The box can be any size up to A4 and made to house an object, book or collection of prints of your choice. You will begin by learning how to measure and construct the trays that will hold the content. Then you will go on to cover them with your choice of coloured book cloth, line them with beautiful decorative paper and finally make the outer case that will hold it all together.   The course is ideal for those who already have some book binding experience. The focus of the course is to expand your craft and technical skills and to give you the confidence to make your own presentation boxes at home.   Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Experiments in Waterless Lithography

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-06-11 11:00:00
Ending: 2022-06-12 17:00:00

From: 2022-06-11 11:00:00 to 2022-06-12 17:00:00

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June                11.00am – 5.00pm Ideal for those who have done a bit of waterless lithography before. This course takes a different approach and will open up new possibilities. Working large-scale you will be shown how to work with painterly brush strokes and more organic tusche marks, building up subtle tones and washes. Jeni will show you how to consider composition and mark-making and explore colour to get great results from this fascinating print medium.   Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Woodcut Printing

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-06-25 11:00:00
Ending: 2022-06-26 17:00:00

From: 2022-06-25 11:00:00 to 2022-06-26 17:00:00

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June      11.00am – 5.00pm You will be shown how to create your image in response to the wood emphasising and enhancing the character of the grain and flow of the material. Martin will show you tips on cutting and choosing from a variety of cutting tools. Inking up the block and printing on our wonderful platen presses as well as hand burnishing with a baren for printing at home without a press. Your prints will be full of life and vitality. You can overprint with a second block and/or cut more to develop and reveal a balanced and considered image.   Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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Hardback Books   

Weekend Course
Starting: 2022-07-09 11:00:00
Ending: 2022-07-10 17:00:00

From: 2022-07-09 11:00:00 to 2022-07-10 17:00:00

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July           11.00am – 5.00pm   Over one weekend you will learn how to make two different types of hardback book from scratch. You will begin by learning how to sew single pages onto tapes to make a book with an intricate, visible spine and hard front and back covers. Then you will go on to make a traditional hard-back cloth bound book complete with endpapers, headbands and a bookmark ribbon.   The course is ideal for those who already have some experience of making books but is also suitable for anyone who has no previous book binding experience. After completion of the course you will never want to buy your own note- or sketchbook ever again. Read more...

Cost: £140.00 / £120.00 members

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