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Solar Plate Using the Sunlight: Taking it Further


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Susie Turner 

This two day course will introduce participants to an environmentally friendly form of printmaking, learning to translate hand drawn images, photographs, text and found objects into detailed intaglio prints. You will learn how to develop the plates with water, exposing the plates to either UV or natural sunlight (weather dependent) and print them using intaglio, blind emboss and relief processes.

Course Structure

This two-day workshop is aimed at artists and printmakers who have some experience or prior knowledge of Solarplate. On both days there will be opportunity for participants to develop and expose plates suitable for both intaglio and relief, using both natural daylight (weather permitting) and a contained exposure unit. In the afternoon of each day participants will have opportunity to ink and print their plates, experimenting with techniques of a la poupée, multiple plate printing and chine collé.

Participants will be encouraged to work from their own artwork although it is not essential and the tutor will provide a selection of suitable artwork and pressed materials. There will also be a selection of drawing materials available during the workshop. The tutor has provided further guidance on how to prepare artwork in advance but if there are any concerns or questions about this - the tutor will be happy to advise.

About the Tutor

Susie Turner works as a visual artist and educator with a specialism in Fine Art printmaking. She graduated in Fine Art Printmaking From Cambridge School of Art and gained an MA in Visual Arts / Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. Much of Susie’s artistic practice is inspired by the transient state of nature, patterns of growth and decay and the interdependency of people and nature. The local natural landscape is a constant source of visual ideas and Susie often works directly with existing material, ‘found’ and ‘made’, that has the potential to change state over time or bears visual reminders of past activity.

Over the last fifteen years Susie has helped raise the profile of print as a medium for learning by sharing her skills and knowledge with a wide range of learners. Within her own practice, Susie is keen to combine traditional methods of making with contemporary techniques. This has led her to explore the potential of Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates / Solar Plate and photogenic drawing. Both methods of making allow direct engagement with nature, versatility in image making and offer accuracy in capturing detail.

Susie regularly exhibits and sells her work locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include Plantlife at the Fen Ditton Gallery, Time, at the Literary and Scientific Institute, Highgate, London, Closer to Nature at Printroom, Leicester Print Workshop, Natural Forms at Gallery 57, the Art of Caring at St Pancras and St Georges Hospitals, 50 Years of Printmakers Council at Ashgate Gallery, and LOOP at Bankside Gallery, London. Susie has work in collections at the V&A Print Archive department, Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Museum and Gallery Trust and at Nuffield Health, Cambridge Hospital.

Images by Susie Turner 

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.


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


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