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


We are very pleased to announce that we will be running The Complete Printmaker course from 10th May 2021.

This year has been difficult to schedule, but having finished last years’ courses only at the end of March we are pleased to say that we can just about fit in a full year of 30 weeks of sessions up to February 2022.


About The Course
Run over 30 weeks this course gives students the full and comprehensive grounding in printmaking, from monoprint through to photo-etching, with lots more in-between.

The course is tutored on Monday mornings (from 10.00am to 1.00pm), and Monday evenings (between 6.00pm & 9.00pm). In addition to the 3 hours taught sessions all students are given a years membership of Hot Bed Press and an extra 4 hours a week to carry on what they have learnt each week. This can be used in the same week or accrued to be taken in a ‘lump sum’ such as over Easter or Summer. Hot Bed Press is open throughout the year apart from national Bank Holidays and usually 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year so we are very flexible and accessible.

A Bit More
This course reflects and responds to the increasing demand for printmaking courses that offer a deeper understanding and a greater knowledge of all the processes and methodologies available through printmaking, (in comparison to weekend courses and short-term evening courses, which offer introductions to printmaking). Students will also be given a more contextual and historical background to printmaking and be supported through development of a portfolio and focused body of work.

The course is not accredited but offers a fuller understanding of printmaking and will be the equivalent experience to a traditional fine art first year degree in print. The practical make-up of the course will be married up with contextual background and content driven tutoring, support and advice.

About The Tutors
Jeni Nuttall teaches the 1st year sessions. Jeni has been a printmaker for many years and has taught printmaking and life drawing across the North West.

Sean Rorke, [Artistic Director of Hot Bed Press] is also course leader for The Complete Printmaker. Sean has over 25 years of experience as a lecturer and module leader in printmaking.


Extra, Extra
Outside of the 3 hours taught sessions and 4 hours self-directed study students can take up as many additional hours as they wish by purchasing an hours’ card as with any member of Hot Bed Press.

Places will be booked on a first come first served basis. There is no interview or portfolio review to gain a place on the course as we expect that what students will learn on the course will bring everyone to a high level of artistic and creative achievement.


Course Outline
The following is a broad outline of the print processes covered on a week-to-week basis. Each week will start with a demonstration followed by a practical hands-on session. More or less time may be taken up by processes/techniques throughout the course as dictated by the dynamics of the group and how each student approaches each process.

Each student may choose to concentrate on a particular method of printmaking to develop their work, but will be expected to attend each session and have a go at each technique to build a portfolio. As the course progresses more independent practice will be supported, and individual tutorials and advice sessions will be integrated into each lesson.

The first term will cover monoprinting through to relief printing and etching. Tutorials, group crits and personal advice sessions on professional development will inform the progress of students and the term will culminate in a presentation to the group by each student on their work.

In the second term screenprinting, waterless lithography, photo-etching and gum-arabic transfer will be taught. There will be 2 tutors for certain weeks, splitting the group in half to give more focused teaching. As the course progresses the more print techniques covered will give each student added opportunities to focus on the type of printmaking that suits their practice and style of work both in the taught sessions and in any flexible access hours. For the last few weeks with the major print methods taught students can ‚Äėspread out‚Äô even more into their own preferred medium. More advanced tips and advice will be given along the way. Extra demonstrations will be scheduled for more specialised methods such as editioning tips and advanced registering and layering. Each student will be supported individually to achieve their goals and improve their printmaking skills and knowledge.

Comprehensive notes and instruction worksheets will be provided and critical and contextual materials on printmaking will be added and discussed. Extra reading material and other sources of inspiration will be given.

The Complete Printmaker is suitable for absolute beginners through to experienced printmakers wanting to expand their skill-set and broaden their knowledge. Those with experience of one or two print practices will be supported in extending and experimenting with how they work in each medium. New and different ways of working will be encouraged.

The pace of the course will be dictated by the group as a whole, and influenced by how much work each student can cover outside of taught sessions. The timetable may change slightly due to the dynamics of the group. Some techniques may require more time to allow progress and a fuller understanding, whilst some maybe covered in ‚Äėquick time‚Äô. The taught sessions are intended to give an introductory grounding for each process in order for each student to develop their own style and to achieve their own goals.

The maximum intake is 16 students. The cost is £1,200 for the full year.

We ask for a £300 first payment and then  9 monthly payments of £100 by standing order on the 15th of the month.


(Please note that in confirming your place on the course you are agreeing to pay the full £1,200. We cannot offer refunds or part payment of the course if you have to drop off the course.)

Since starting to run the Complete Printmaker courses in 2013 we have also added a second and third year to the course. Testament to the success of the course each year to date students have asked to be able to continue into a second and even a third year. Although we do not schedule these in as definite courses or book The Complete Printmaker as a 2 or 3 year option we allow room in the calendar for 2nd and 3rd years to run. It all depends on the demand from students. We ask each group of students what they may want to do at the mid-way stage of the course, (i.e.before summer break). If the demand is there we will run a second year. The second year focuses on more personal development, tutorials, further and advanced printmaking techniques and more in depth instruction.


1st Year Course Outline

The following is a broad outline of the print processes covered on a week-to-week basis. Each week will start with a demonstration followed by a practical hands-on session. You will be provided with materials for each process and be guided and supported in producing finished prints at each stage; some processes are covered in just one week, others take up to 3 weeks. There are also sessions with double tutors when the group will be split into 2. We pride ourselves in teaching to low numbers and with one of the largest and best equipped print workshops in the UK there is ample room for everyone to be on presses and screen beds.


Term 1       3 weeks

The first term is a short term covering monoprinting, drypoint and carborundum


Term 2       7 weeks

In the second will cover collagraphs and relief printing including black and white and multi-colour reduction lino. You will also have the opportunity to spread out as a group and go back over monoprint, drypoint or carborundum if you wish to.

The last week of term will be continued practice. Throughout the course where continued practice is stated you can go back to finish off or have another go at a method taught earlier. As the course progresses you will be able to focus on the printmaking techniques you liked best and that suit your work and style.


Term 3       7 weeks

In the third term the focus will be on screenprint and etching. There will be 2 tutors for these sessions over the 7 weeks of term and you will be split into 2 groups. Each group will have 3 weeks in the screenprint and then swap to etching and vice versa.


Term 4       8 weeks

Starting back with painterly screenprint you will once again be split into 2 groups. One half of the group will be shown painterly screen whilst the other half can get on with printing with other methods taught so far as continued practice; whether it is monoprint, drypoint, relief print collagraphs or etching. After a week when you all carry on with printing on weeks 23 & 24 you will be shown gum arabic transfer. The term ends with time to finish printing and a group chat discussing prints you have made and talking about what you like most and the content and subject matter of your work. You will be given tips and advice on where to go next.


Term 5       5 weeks

The last term will cover waterless lithography and more time to go over your preferred print methods, to finish off or have another go and build a small portfolio of work. The last 3 weeks will include scheduled tutorials and a final ‚Äėshow and tell‚Äô session rounding off the year.


Week by Week Schedule

Term 1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mondays¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†10.00am ‚Äď 1.00pm daytime¬† or 6.00pm ‚Äď 9.00pm evening course

Week 1          10th May                 Introduction & Monoprinting

Week 2         17th May                  Drypoint

Week 3         24th May                  Carborundum

———¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 31st May¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 week off for Spring Bank Holiday

Term 2

Week 4          7th June                  Collagraphs

Week 5         14th June                 Collagraphs continued

Week 6 ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 21st June¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Lino ‚Äď black & white

Week 7¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 28th June¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Reduction Lino ‚Äď multi-colour

Week 8¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 5th July ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Reduction Lino ‚Äď multi-colour continued

Week 9¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 12th July¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Reduction Lino ‚Äď multi-colour continued

Week 10        19th July                  continued practice

Summer Break

Hot Bed Press is open throughout the summer and students are welcome to come and use the workshop. Any hours remaining from the 4 hours a week access can be used over summer up until the start of the second term.

Term 3

Week 11        6th September           Etching & Intro to screenprint [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 12        13th September         Etching & Intro to screenprint [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 13        20th September         Etching & Intro to screenprint [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 14        27th September         Intro to screenprint & etching [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 15        4th October              Intro to screenprint & etching [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 16        11th October            Intro to screenprint & etching [2 tutors / split groups]

Week 17¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 18th October¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Continued practice and group chat ‚Äď show and tell.

——-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 25th October¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 week holiday (school holidays)

Term 4

Week 18        1st November            Painterly Screenprinting [ group 1] & continued practice

Week 19        8th November           Painterly Screenprinting [ group 1] & continued practice

Week 20        15th November          Painterly Screenprinting [ group 2] & continued practice

Week 21        22nd November         Painterly Screenprinting [ group 2] & continued practice

Week 22        29th November          continued practice

Weeks 23       6th December           Gum Arabic Transfer

Week 24        13th December          Gum Arabic Transfer continued

Week 25        20th December          continued practice/finish printing and end of term chat

——-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ——————-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 weeks Christmas holidays¬†

Term 5

Week 26        10th January             Waterless Lithography

Week 27        17th January            Waterless Lithography continued

Week 28        24th January            Continued practice & tutorials.

Week 29        31st January              Continued practice & tutorials.

Week 30        7th February             Final printing and group presentation




The cost of the course is £1,200 for the full year. This includes materials and a year’s membership plus 120 hours open access usage outside of the taught sessions.

We ask for a £300 deposit followed by 9 monthly payments of £100 a month starting from June. Monthly payments must be paid by standing order. We will issue you with our bank details. Alternatively, you can pay the full course fee up front.

Signing up for the course means that you are agreeing to pay the full course fees. We will not offer refunds to anyone pulling off the course once it has started and expect the full fees to be paid. As an independent arts organization we commit to the levels of staffing, including tutors and technicians based on guaranteed income.

In the event that Hot Bed Press has to cancel or postpone the course due to lockdowns or other effects of coronavirus we will of course reimburse any money or rearrange the course to fit. We had to do this in 2020 and ran extra sessions and extended the course until the end of March 2021. We do not anticipate any problems and have taken every precaution we can to ensure the course can run for the full 30 weeks.


2nd & 3rd YEARS

Since introducing this course in 2013 students liked it so much, they asked to do another year… and then another, so we set up the second and third year. [The 2nd year running on Tuesday mornings and the 3rd year on Wednesday mornings.]

In the second year we go into greater depth on print techniques with further practical demonstrations and support. Techniques covered in second year include: large scale expressive print, making your own inks, a guide to the right paper, multi-plate printing, perfect registration, professional screen stencils, True grain expressive screen, photo-etching, letterpress, gum arabic transfer and multi-coloured waterless lithography.  The emphasis is on personal development with more opportunities for tutorials and group crits, plus discussions and advice on professional development.

The 3rd year offers further personal focus and development supported by individual tutorials, group chats and professional development sessions covering planning exhibitions, pricing work, the ins and outs of editioning, websites and social media.

However, the 2nd year option is not decided upon until close to the end of the 2nd year. It is not for everyone; especially as it runs on different days which might not be suited to everyone’s work or other commitments. People can do just 1 year, 2 years or the full 3 years.


Covid 19 restrictions and safety measures

We have taken every measure possible to make the workshop safe and have been refining our practices and safety procedures over the past 12 months as we continued to run The Complete Printmaker courses between lockdowns and when it was safe to do so.

Whilst covid restrictions remain in place we are reserving the workshop entirely to The Complete Printmaker – year 1 on Mondays. We close the workshop at 4.00pm each day for a full clean and sanitize by staff, (and fully clean after the evening course finishes at 9.00pm). We are restricting numbers in the workshop at any time and have limited the course to 14 students.

We are a very large open plan workshop and there is room for everyone to work 2m away from each other. We also have 8 screen beds, so you get your own print area each session. With relief printing and etching there will be cleaning of presses in between usage. We also ventilate the workshop with open windows at least once a day in between sessions, and in Summer will have more airflow throughout the building.

You will be asked to wear face masks at all times, except when working in isolation away from others, such as on a screen bed. Hand sanitizer and wash stations are available throughout the workshop and we encourage everyone to regularly wash their hands.

You will also be issued with sets of tools each to avoid sharing.

Talks and demonstrations will be done with safe distancing in mind. This may involve doubling up on demonstrations splitting the group in 2 sessions or simply a more spread out and safe distanced arrangement.

We continue to monitor and oversee that the workshop is safe for everyone and will take extra measures for everyone’s safety. Of course, we also hope that the coronavirus will ease off and that we can relax some measures over the course of the next 12 months, but we will not compromise on safety.

We are starting the courses without opening the workshop to all our members. This has been a difficult decision, but necessary as a step to getting back to normal, and to fit in year-long courses somehow. Where we usually allow courses and members to mingle and work alongside each-other, with booking systems in place to avoid overcrowding, we will only gradually open up the workshop to general use from June. This means any additional hours may be limited for the first month.

We will also be reserving the workshop fully for 2nd years on Tuesdays and 3rd years on Wednesdays and leaving only Thursday and Friday for members and extra sessions for students. As soon as we can, we will start opening this up to more use. We aim to also reopen Thursday evenings and the last Saturday of the month as extra sessions when safety and staffing levels permit us to do so. It will take a few months to get back to where we were before the coronavirus hit when we had between 20 and 30 people in across a full day, opened every Thursday evening and had busy Saturday sessions. We will do all we can to enable you to claim your extra hours should you need them, (although it has to be said that some students have not used all extra hours in the past, have managed to do other work for the course from home in between sessions, or utilized Summer as catch-up weeks).