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Portfolio Building - six week print school for students


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time

Monday 25th September - Monday 30th October 2023
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Experience Beginner
Tutor  Sue Baker Kenton

This course is a perfect opportunity to work with silkscreen techniques as you experiment with colour, develop your drawing and compositional skills and incorporate photographic images and text in your work.

Perfect for creating personal, original coursework and building an exciting portfolio of work for UCAS applications.

You will be individually supported by the tutor as you complete a series of practical tasks that build over the six weeks. Working with silkscreen throughout the course, you will be looking at: mono-screen techniques (crayons, stencils and layering), combining photographic imagery and text using photo-screen, printing onto alternative surfaces and working with mixed media. We will look at how artists have used silkscreen as a medium to appropriate images and to explore contemporary society.

By the end of the course you will be aiming to complete; a sequence of 10 final variable prints, to explore prints on non-standard substrates and generate a suite of collaborative prints. Alongside this you will have; collages, fragments and prints to develop with drawing & painting.

Course Structure

Week 1
Introduction to the studio, H&S and the course.
Demo and practical – Mono screen / registration
Select prints to overprint

Week 2
Presentation – Artists using silkscreen
Demo- Photoshop- creating acetates
Select prints to overprint
Practical – Mono-screen – layers 2 & 3 stencils ( transparent/ opaque/ opposites)

Week 3
Demo/ Practical - Exposing screens / prep to print
Practical - Printing photoscreens
Select prints to overprint

Week 4
Research- feedback
Practical - Print photo-screens onto alternative surfaces
Collaborative print
Select prints to overprint

Week 5
Practical - Exposing screens
Practical - Print texts screens and texture screens
Collaborative print
Select prints to overprint

Week 6
Wooden text overprint/ collage/ collaborative print
End of course review – select keepers and those to rework.
Pack down 

About the Tutor

Sue Baker Kenton is a visual artist whose work is rooted in observational drawing. Her images evolve over time in a considered and reflective way, echoed by the processes in which they are rendered: primarily etching and lithography. After completing her masters Sue received Arts Council funding, which enabled her to study Stone Lithography at the Curwen Print Studio. She was Artist-in-Residence at LPW 2012-13 and in 2016 Sue was appointed etching fellow at Royal Academy Schools. In recent years she has undertaken research trips to Crown Point Press, San Francisco, to Art Print Residence, Barcelona and has completed annual drawing residencies in Reims and Tarn since 2017. In 2021 she received Arts Council DYCP funding and in 2022 visited Frans Masereel Print Centruum, Belgium as part of their collaborative residency programme. Her work is regularly selected for open exhibitions and public collections include the Victoria & Albert Museum's Word & Image Department.

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Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.