MONOPRINTING Thursday 24th February 11 - 3
at Springhead, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, SP7 0NU
Springhead lies at the foot of north Dorset’s most spectacular downland. It is the site of an18th century mill. The small pool at its centre is fed by running water that cascades beneath the mill house to become a gentle stream, Collyer’s Brook, flowing into the River Stour. It has a picturesque lakeside garden and at the head of the lake, where the chalk of the downs meets the greensand of the vale, icy, clear water bubbles up from seven springs.The gardens at Springhead will be a delight in February, bursting with snowdrops and Spring bulbs.
A monoprint is an artwork that is transferred from one surface to another to create a mirror image.
This form of printmaking is very spontaneous and expressive and allows for lots of experimentation using brushstrokes, marking the surface with fine lines and removing areas of paint with a rag. You will also learn the tracing method where you put a piece of paper over a base plate that has an even layer of ink on it and then draw on the paper. The pressure of the drawing tool transfers the ink to the underside of the paper and gives a beautiful quality of line.
You will spend the day learning the various techniques with time to experiment and produce several pieces of work.
The day runs from 11 - 3. Classes are very relaxed in the spacious Mill Room at Springhead overlooking the lake and gardens. There will be plenty of help and individual tuition during the day.
Teas and coffees available throughout the day. Bring a packed lunch. Maximum 8 people.
£65 including all materials
The Mill Room at Springhead