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

1, 2 & 3 section compendium of bookbinding skills for publishing practice

Led by Jeff Rathermel
Course Duration: 2 Days
Dates: 14th – 15th July 2021
(9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £249.00
Concessionary price registration: £199.00

In this two-day workshop practicing binders will learn new techniques and methods to enhance their repertoire in an approachable manner suitable for those just beginning to hone their skills. Using modified pamphlet stitches, chain stitches, and flexible long-stitch bindings, students will craft a series of book structures that are refined, easily adaptable, and suitable for editioning text and visual content.

Incorporated into these books will be a compendium of “extras” that add style and functionality: magnetic closures, debossed title frames, wraps, pockets, tip-ins, and foldouts, Students will also learn a simple method for creating full, half, and quarter case bindings appropriate for narrow one- and two-signature book blocks. To supplement hands-on work, the instructor will demonstrate various corner folding/trimming techniques, gluing methods, headband alternatives, and the production of non-porous book cloth from fabric.

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Early Photographic Printing Processes

Led by Dr Peter Moseley
Course Duration: 5 Days
Date: 20th -24th September 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Frenchay Campus
Full price registration: £749.00
Concessionary price registration: £599.00

Photographic printing processes from the mid and late nineteenth century offer a wide variety of printed surface, colour and texture that differ markedly from the clean, perhaps almost sterile, appearance of modern digital images. The early photographic processes (aka ‘alternative photography’ or ‘Alt-Photo’) require a real hands-on approach in the choice of paper, chemistry and coating, providing every opportunity for the printmaker to produce individual and beautifully aesthetic work. The starting point can be a film negative or a digital image –either from a phone or camera – then it’s really a question of deciding how the final print should be visualised and created.

This course will introduce participants to five important early processes and participants will be able to make at least one print with each processe using their own images. Materials and equipment are provided, all that is necessary is to bring along those special images ready to be made into stunning and unique prints.

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Japanese Scroll (maki-mono) & Accordion (ori-hon) Book 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 and accordion book making. These two structures are the oldest forms of books in Japan, combining washi (mulberry paper) and nori (rice paste). Over the two days you will learn the skills to mount book cloth with paper using the urauchi method alongside the techniques of creating invisible, seamless accordion pages for a double-sided cloth-covered hard-back accordion book. The traditional skills acquired on this workshop will allow you to use them in contemporary book arts projects in the future. This workshop is being hosted exclusively by the Centre for Fine Print Research. 

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Japanese Water-based Woodcut Printmaking (Mokuhanga)

*Course fully booked

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

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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Photogravure: an early photographic printing process with a modern twist

Led by Dr Peter Moseley
Course Duration: 5 Days
Date: 6th – 10th September 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Frenchay Campus
Full price registration: £749.00
Concessionary price registration: £599.00

This five-day course will introduce course delegates to all the key aspects of the process including:
· Calibrating polymer plate exposure
· Producing the digital transparency
· Exposing, washing out and hardening the polymer plate
· Preparing the paper, inking the polymer plate and pulling the print
· Drying and protecting the print
Delegates will be able to make gravure prints from at least three of their own photographic images, using film negatives, photographic prints or digital files. This course is suitable for beginners and no prior experience of intaglio printing or Photoshop (a computer program for editing digital images) is required. All materials will be provided.

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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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Poetic Artists’ Books

Led by Jeremy Dixon
Course Duration: 2 Days
Dates: 11th-12th August 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Full price registration: £249.00
Concessionary price registration: £199.00

Join Jeremy Dixon, the poet and artist’s book maker, for two days of inspirational, practical work devoted to producing your own unique poetic artists’ book. We will examine artists’ books long association with poetry and how such books can reflect, amplify and/or become the themes of the poetry they contain. We will use an eclectic range of poetic and practical bookmaking techniques including concrete poetry, erasure poetry, Found poetry, collage, pamphlets, zines, stab binding and collaboration to create new and exciting work. This will be an energetic, practical two days looking at words and poetry in fun and inclusive ways, and aims to give participants the confidence and techniques to find new ways of using words and poetry in their own practice.

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Preparing Digital Negatives – including QuadTone RIP

Led by Dr Peter Moseley
Course duration: 5 Days
Date: 2nd-6th August 2021 (9.30 AM – 4.30PM each day)
Location: Frenchay Campus
Full price registration: £749.00
Concessionary price registration: £599.00

How to use images (from cameras and smart phones) to make inkjet transparencies for printing with early photographic processes such as cyanotype and salt printing.

There are many phone-apps and computer programs that will modify your pictures to make them look like old photographic processes. This workshop will show you how to use your digital images to make inkjet transparencies for contact printing using the genuine early photographic processes. Early photography wasn’t restricted to ‘sepia’ pictures, many of the early processes are enjoying a revival as their exciting qualities, colours and textures are rediscovered. There will be opportunities during the workshop to make cyanotypes (aka blueprints), salt and kallitype prints from your own images and on art papers of your choice.

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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

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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