Community Courses

We have designed these creative courses to provide people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in an arts activity,  with a chance to have a go at printmaking, because we have, over the years seen how beneficial it can be. These courses are free to participants because we source funding to pay for them from organisations such as  Arts Council England and local authorities. We also contribute towards them ourselves and welcome support from organisations who wish to fund our work, such as the Rotary Club and local charities. The courses can all be tailored to suit the needs of particular groups of people and to meet the requirements of our funders. We appreciate being able work collaboratively and involve local organisations and charities when we deliver these courses. 

Club Print

ClubPrint is a seven week creative arts programme for people of all ages where they will learn printmaking skills and make a piece of art which will be professionally framed and theirs to keep. It uses the arts to develop creativity, collaborative skills, discussion and debate in a casual environment, with chat, music and cups of tea! 

We originally developed ClubPrint for the Staying Close Team at Suffolk County Council for young care leavers, but any age group is welcome to book into ClubPrint. Participants attend a half day workshop once a week at our studio in Ipswich. 

If support workers attend, they are asked to engage fully with the creative activities for their professional development.

 

Here's what some of our participants say about ClubPrint

"I really enjoyed doing something different for me"

"I never knew I could be good at art. Thanks for the chance to learn"

ClubPrint is a seven week creative arts programme for people of all ages where they will learn printmaking skills and make a piece of art which will be professionally framed and theirs to keep. It uses the arts to develop creativity, collaborative skills, discussion and debate in a casual environment, with chat, music and cups of tea! 

All participants get a ClubPrint portfolio for their work, so they can build a personal record of achievement. We also encourage them to photograph their work and to share their progress with peers, family and others they trust. This can help to build their self-confidence.

Each participant will make several pieces of work using different techniques before creating a piece to be framed. They will also get a certificate of achievement if they complete all the workshops. Everyone is also encouraged to find out about other arts activities they can get involved with locally, so they can continue to be creative in some way.

 

Printmaking on Prescription

As we have a lot of experience in the field of social prescribing, we developed this course with the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, for people on the stepped care model of recovery, to help them stay well after their clinical treatment finished. While we are happy to discuss working with groups of people who are not well, Printmaking on Prescription is helpful for anyone who needs to focus on improving their 

 

general wellbeing, for a variety of reasons, including bereavement, redundancy or because they are unpaid family carers. 

community courses, we believe that it is important for people to not only create their own art but to have it framed and be able to take it home with them once their course with us has finished. And because for many people Printmaking on Prescription helps them feel better about themselves and gives them back their sense of self, they welcome the opportunity to share this with friends and family through putting their work in to an exhibition. This is always something that we recommend and is discussed with organisations that want to fund this course, at the outset. 

Each course usually lasts nine weeks, during which time, participants work at their own pace to create a piece of art that is personal to them. As in our other

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Press Ahead

This is a unique printmaking course that we have designed for people who are out of work, to help them move into either paid work, an apprenticeship, further education or volunteering. We usually work in partnership with a range of other organisations to recruit people on to our Press Ahead courses, including the Department of Work and Pensions.

On a Press Ahead course, students learn printmaking skills and event management skills, so that they can create a professional exhibition of printmaking featuring their own work. Students help to organise both the exhibition and a Private Viewing event. The exhibition is the focus of the programme, providing all students with a vibrant and engaging showcase for their skills and abilities, to prospective employers or educational establishments.

Each course consists of twelve 1/2 day printmaking workshops and includes attending the exhibition. We can accommodate up to 25 people per course with a maximum of 5 students per workshop. Class sizes are kept small so we can provide plenty of one to one tuition and support for our students.

We are flexible with how we manage these and can allow people to swap workshops to accommodate appointments or interviews. We also put on additional workshops and mentoring sessions as needed to help people into work or education after the exhibition has taken place.

 

Here is what a previous student said

 

“I want to say thank you for an amazing few weeks. I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute of it. The experience has really helped with building my confidence and I feel a lot more positive moving forward.”

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