Printmaking and the Human Figure – March


Printmaking and the Human Figure – March

Weekend Course
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2019
11 – 5

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We are excited to welcome artist and printmaker Sue Baker-Kenton back to WYPW to teach a new course which focuses on printmaking in combination with the human figure. Drawing directly from the model and using WYPW’s press you will produce monotypes and drypoint images. This context offers an opportunity to explore mark making, composition and narrative content in a new way. The processes used during this workshop offer a broad tonal approach or a more detailed investigation of the human figure.

You will explore your particular skills and interests, be it developing analytical or expressive approaches, tackling basic proportion or building a more personal vocabulary, as you develop imaginative and personal responses to the figure.

On day 1 you will start with ‘warm up’  drawings from a model and after a short hands on demonstration of basic monoprint techniques, you will spend the remainder of the morning working directly from the life model onto monoprint plates. Some of these plates can be printed on the table top press in the gallery during the lunch break. The afternoon will be spent working from the life model directly onto drypoint plates and producing larger directly drawn monoprints of the model.

Day 2 will be spent creating new images from your drawings and also working on your monotype prints from Day 1, looking at how to develop these with layering and stencils. Your drypoint plates will be printed and you will look at monotype wiping and multiple printings to create narrative. Afterwards you will continue printing and experimenting. The day will end with an informal review to share skills and experiences.

Your tutor

Sue Baker Kenton is a visual artist whose work is rooted in observational drawing. Her images evolve over time in a considered and reflective way, echoed by the processes in which they are rendered: primarily etching and lithography.

The figure is her primary subject, specifically the head. However, the images are not portraits in the literal sense but the forms of the head are the landscape on which she explores historical and contextual ideas. These particular forms refer to intimate associations, chronology and the disjunct between our nature and its public manifestation.

She uses print as an interruption, a material resistance, a catalyst. To this end she also regularly participates in collaborative projects which run in tandem with her practice.

In recent years she has completed research trips and residencies in San Francisco, France and Barcelona. Important collections include the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Print Collection.

Sue is the specialist printmaking tutor for the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and is currently in her third year as an etching fellow at the Royal Academy Schools.      Instagram: sue_bk

Experience level

The course is most suitable for adults who have some drawing experience of working from direct observation. Previous experience of the life model is recommended. Printmaking experience is useful but not essential.

What’s included?

All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.

What’s next?

After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here:

Small print

Cancellations and refunds

If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).

We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.

We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.


If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.

Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.

Cancellation by WYPW

West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.


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