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Date & Time Saturday 3rd April - Saturday 12th June 2021
10am - 11.30am
Tutor  David Armes

During the course, you will create unique typographical elements and combine them into a portfolio of wonderfully graphic monoprints. Working with a ‘less is more’ approach with common materials, you will take advantage of the need to work at home creatively and cheaply.

The course is taught from a professional artist’s point of view; in David’s practice working with letterpress, he often combines traditional typographic elements with textures printed from the materials and equipment used in the letterpress process itself. These elements of improvisation and play are key to the sessions.

The course comprises six sessions (one every other week) held via Zoom and recorded/archived, plus contact between sessions. Participants can attend live or catch up later. Each session consists of around one hour of contextualisation and demonstration followed by 30 minutes Q&A / discussion

Course Requirements

Access to join 'Zoom' to participate in the live sessions.

A few very basic materials.

Access to smart phone, tablet, computer or laptop to engage with the assignments and online content.

We recommend using Chrome as your browser to access your Google Classroom

Don't worry! If you miss a month, it will be recorded and posted up to watch at your convenience. There will also be resources and help to support your progress.

Course Structure

#1. Welcome, introduction, course overview, presentation of work for inspiration and context. Process 1: mark-making through carbon copy paper

#2. Process 2: making greyboard typographic symbols

#3. Process 3: using digital tools to potentially make printing plates from.

#4. Process 4: wood grain textures using reglet (wooden Letterpress spacers).

#5. Combining processes session - Using the printing matrices to create monoprints.

#6. Demonstration and instruction of making a simple book using prints from session 5. Feedback and Evaluation.

About the Tutor

David Armes is an artist working with print, language and geography. His work is frequently site-specific and considers how sense and experience of place can be represented. It explores the ways we describe liminal states and how landscape shapes understanding. He works primarily with letterpress printing on paper and, through using what was once an industrial process, he is interested in where the multiple meets the unique, where the ephemeral meets the archival.David's Red Plate Press studio is based on the disputed border between West Yorkshire and Lancashire in the South Pennine hills. He travels frequently for residencies and has spent many months in the USA in the past three years working alongside contemporary letterpress practitioners, thanks to a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a grant from the Arts Council/British Council Artists’ International Development Fund. He has recently shown work in the USA, UK, Germany and Russia, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Flourish Excellence in Printmaking award.

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.

Bookings Online:

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


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 about your course, materials, accessing the virtual classroom and the live sessions one week prior to the workshop commencing.  You will have an orientation video that shows you how to access your classroom and Zoom for any live sessions.