CPD Short Courses

Above featured images: © Dr Peter Moseley

The Centre for Fine Print Research offers a series of dynamic continuing professional development courses (CPD) aimed at a wide audience including artists, designers, craftspeople, communicators, photographers, teachers and managers. CPD courses offer the opportunity for professional updating, learning new skills and techniques, and for intellectual stimulus.
Historical courses can be viewed here.

Concessionary rate prices:

We offer a 20% discounted concessionary rate to UWE staff, UWE alumni (including previous CFPR CPD attendees), anyone reliant on state benefits for their income, anyone currently in full-time education (worldwide) or part-time higher education (UK), and those who are retired. 

Conditions of purchase:

Please note the University terms and conditions of purchase for CPD

The University continues to follow advice from the UK Government and other sources including Public Health England (PHE), the NHS, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our absolute priority and underpins our resilience and recovery work. Following the release of Government guidance for businesses to make workplaces ‘Covid-secure’ we have developed the required Health and Safety documentation to enable us to re-open our on-site work and study spaces in the safest possible way. These spaces are continually monitored.

CFPR understands that with the current Coronavirus pandemic, people booking our courses are concerned about what will happen if courses have to be cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. CFPR will issue a full refund for any courses booked if they have to be cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. All required PPE will be included for our courses.

Course locations:

2021 courses will take place at both UWE’s Bower Ashton (City) Campus and UWE Frenchay Campus. Please see the particular course for confirmed location.

2021 Courses

Japanese Scroll (maki-mono) Making

Led by Lucy May Schofield
Course Duration: 2 Days
Dates: 22nd-23rd July 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £249.00
Concessionary price registration: £199.00

This is an intensive two-day workshop learning the traditional Japanese art of scroll making. This structure is the oldest form of book in Japan, combining washi (mulberry paper), nori (rice paste) and cloth. Over the two days you will learn the techniques of backing cloth with paper to create book cloth using the urauchi method, alongside the skills to attach sections of paper or prints together to create invisible, seamless pages stretching for meters, bound with silk ribbon. The materials used for the scroll are all archival and sourced in Japan. The traditional processes taught on this workshop will allow you to use these skills in contemporary book arts projects. This workshop is being hosted exclusively for Centre for Fine Print Research.

You can expect to leave the workshop with a beautiful cloth bound scroll with lacquered wooden ends containing several meters of mulberry paper pages and the skills and confidence to make more scrolls in the future at home. This course is ideally suited to those with some book making experience, however all the basic methods of Japanese binding will be covered.

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Japanese Water-based Woodcut Printmaking (Mokuhanga)

Led by Lucy May Schofield
Course Duration: 3 Days
Dates: 19th – 21st July 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £349.00
Concessionary price registration: £279.00

Course fully booked

During this immersive three-day workshop, you will be introduced to the traditional Japanese art of woodblock printing. Mokuhanga is perfect for anyone interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the course of the three days, you will learn the skills to transfer an image to Japanese plywood and carve various colour separation blocks in relief, following in the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e printing. With no mechanical press required, only a hand held ‘baren’, you will learn the techniques to achieve various print effects, from ‘sesame printing’ to ‘bokashi’ (gradation), while registering your multi-block image through the simple but brilliant traditional ‘kento’ registration system. You will be sure to fall in love with both the process and results of this accessible, meditative, water-based printmaking method which provides endless possibilities.

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MOT’ing your art practice

Led by Emma Gregory
Course duration: 2 Days
Date: 18th-19th August 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £249.00
Concessionary price registration: £199.00

Suitable for practicing artists at any stage of development, creating in any format, willing to share something of themselves and their output with honesty and humour.

Over the two days Emma will introduce a series of practical tools with which to unpack, reflect upon and repack your art practice. By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of what it is you do and why you do it. You will be able to talk with more fluidity about your output, ride the ups and downs of fluctuating motivation and feel more confident about managing your own development going forward.  

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Platinum/Palladium Workshop

Led by Dr Peter Moseley
Course Duration: 5 Days
Date: Date: 23rd-27th August 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Frenchay Campus
Full price registration: £749.00
Concessionary price registration: £599.00

Platinum printing is the aristocracy of the early photographic processes. The image is composed of very finely divided platinum and palladium metals that are more stable and longer lasting than silver based prints. As with the other alternative printing processes, paper is coated with special solutions and, when dry, is exposed under a negative to the sun or sun lamp, the ultra-violet rays are the key here, before being developed in another chemical mix.

Developed first in the 1860s and 1870s, the technique became very popular with fine art printers because of its very delicate highlights and mid-tones and was used extensively until prices rose dramatically during the First World War made the process too expensive.

This Workshop offers demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to explore this classic printing technique. No prior experience is necessary.

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Tetra Pak Printmaking

Led by Stephen Fowler
Course Duration: 2 Day
Date: 4th– 5thAugust 2021
(9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £249.00
Concessionary price registration: £199.00

*Course fully booked

With its layers of paperboard, polyethylene, aluminum foil, Tetra Pak; offers not only an immediacy which other collagraph materials lack, but also a satisfying tactility when cutting, scoring, peeling and printing with this distinctive material.

In recycling milk, soup and custard cartons; exciting imaginative creative responses abound. The structure of the packaging can be the spark of an idea or integrated into a motif. Large prints can be created when collaging Tetra Pak plates together.

During this two-day introductory workshop into Tetra Pak collagraph print, the course tutor, Stephen Fowler, will facilitate the exploration of intaglio and relief print, a combination of the two processes, and the potential of mutli-plate printing. On day two there will be time to play, create and develop your own body of prints.

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