Christmas gifts, eh? Nightmare.
What about a screen printing course though?
Here are three reasons why THE GIFT OF PRINT is a good idea*:
It’s half technical half creative, so there’s a little bit of something for people who’re one or both of those things.
For people who grimace or look embarrassed when you talk about drawing - screen printing doesn’t have to be about being able to sketch recognisable objects; it can just be about cutting out bits of paper, or playing around with your photos to create stencils. It can be as realistic or abstract as you like. So prove your favourite people who’re convinced they don’t have an artistic bone in their body wrong.
You’ll probably get some art work out of it in return because the recipient of the gift will be so proud of their creations.
Well in case you are, here’s a hugely London-centric list of places you could get a buy the gift of a course from. London-centric because that’s all I know. I’ve only included studios I’ve printed at (though I’ve not necessarily been on their courses). If anyone’s been on any particular great courses anywhere else, please add your recommendations in a comment below..
Sonsoles Print Studio, Peckham SE15
I am pretty biased when it comes to Sonsoles having spent a lot of the last year printing there. The studio is super friendly and Soni and Ann-Marie are helpful as you like. There is a range of courses costing from £80-£150, and the groups are small – find out about them here. It’s a lovely, good value place to continue printing once you’ve got the hang of it and want to fly solo, too.
Putney School of Art, Putney SW15
This is where I got to grips with printing, amazing value – £222 for 11 weeks of 3 hour sessions including all facilities and materials apart from paper, and some tuition (at least that was the case when I used to go). You get the opportunity to try things out and make loads of mistakes. It’s run by Wandsworth Council so I think it’s subsidised which is why it’s cheap – and it’s even less if you’re a local. Though it’s difficult to get on their courses – you need to be straight on the phone the day registration opens for the new semester! There's not a quick one-pager about the course, but have a browse around here.
London Print Studio, W10
I did my very first 3-day course here a few years ago and it was a good introduction to understanding the basic process and what’s possible. Looks like their courses are 2-day affairs now, which would set you back £172. More info here.
Print Club London, Dalston E8
I’ve been doing a bit of printing here recently – it’s a big studio with lots going on. Their courses are £50 for one day to £150 for a ‘deluxe’ 2-day workshop, more here.
*I promise I haven’t been paid or forced or given anything free in return of writing these things. I just think it’d be a really nice gift that I’d have been well up for four years ago.
Disclaimer: I can’t take any responsibility for your loved one being disappointed with their gift.