Printmaking Day at Treloar College

In early February we were at Treloar College delivering a Photo Transfer Workshop to 11 students and support staff.

Treloar College is a specialist college for young people, aged 16 or over, with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Based in Holybourne, near Alton in Hampshire, they have all the expertise and facilities that young people need to learn and develop as adults, in a really positive, supportive environment. you can find out more about the college here

Photo Transfer is quite a complex process and students sometimes need longer than a day to get to grips with it. We normally teach it as a weekend at the workshop. Therefore we did a lot of preliminary planning with the head of art at Treloar to ensure that the students’ artwork would be prepared just right to get good results straight away. Luckily the college has a great photography department and the students are familiar with photoshop which meant getting images ready was easy for them.

The students got straight to work with help from their support workers and within the hour were producing prints from their photographic work. We worked on multi-coloured layered prints and later in the day introduced hand drawn elements using crayon.

We want to thank our Masters prize winner Francis Tinsley who donated his prize to use to pay for the materials for this course. You can see Francis’ work on his website

If you would like to find out more about our Outreach programme in your school or college please contact us via the contact page on the website.

You can see examples of the students work below:


























Red Hot Press and the Big Steam Print

Over the next few weeks Red Hot Press will be working with students from Southampton Solent University School of Art, Fashion and Design to plan, design and cut a large scale linocut as part of the Big Steam Print project.

We have already drawn most of the image which includes train stations, scenes of Southampton and the typographer Edward Johnston even makes an appearance! The next stage is to get the image transferred onto the block and start cutting. It’s an exciting project – some of the students have never cut lino before and none of them have tackled anything as huge as this.

The linocut will be printed by steam roller at Amberley Museum on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016. We’ll keep our Facebook and this blog page up to date with progress pictures and news in the meantime. And you can check out the #bigsteamprint hashtag on twitter and instagram to find out about other artists around the country that are taking part.

You can support this project through the Art Fund Art Happens scheme just visit



Who says etching can’t be done in schools?

Back in June we had the pleasure of returning to King Edward VI School in Southampton to run a two day etching workshop as part of their Arts Festival.

This was the first time we’ve offered etching in a school as any one who etches will know that it requires quite a lot of ‘stuff’ and the technique is too time consuming to do in a one hour or even double period lesson.

But with the luxury of two whole days and an enthusiastic Art Team led by Graham Piggott we were good to go. 

Starting point

We worked with two groups of year nine pupils who were new to etching. Drawing from their sketches and photographs they had taken for other art projects, we began to adapt their images for etching, separating their images into line, tone and texture elements. 

 Step by step approach

We worked through the etching process stage by stage beginning with a simple line etch for the structure of the image. Then moving on to tonal work to get some lovely deep, dramatic blacks in the images and finally textural etching to give a really good variety of marks. 


A conversation between a collection of tiny etching plates

As we were working with a large group of students and we needed to get the plates etched quite quickly we decided to work with small etching plates. The advantage of this was that it would give the pupils an insight into the technique but also enable the plates to be inked up and printed together as a composite piece. There was quite a bit of discussion and rearranging of plates to get them in an acceptable composition.

 The competitive side.

It was entertaining to see the pupils competitive side coming out when they knew that their etching plate would be printed alongside everyone else in the group. Feverish plate inking ensued.


The moment of truth

There was an extra tingle of excitement as the printing team lowered the printing paper down on to twenty jewel like tiny etching plates and put it through the press. To revel a beautiful group print.

Graham was delighted with how it had gone, thanking us for the “Brilliant” workshops. We were extremely pleased with the way that the workshops had run and were particularly touched by several of the students who made a point of coming up to thank us. It was great to be able to give this group of students and staff an introduction to this wonderful printmaking technique and to see their fabulous resulting prints.