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Workshops


All workshops take place in our studio by the sea, Studio 8, The Hotwalls Studios, Old Portsmouth.

Both Marie and Darren are graphic designers specialising in print and have been working in the industry since 2007. Marie is also a university lecturer in Graphic Design and an award winning graphic designer. Darren is a print technician and fellow university lecturer both teaching in Art and Design as well as Architecture & Interior Design as well as a graphic designer and illustrator.

We are hold several professional memberships (People of Print, British Printing Society, Oxford Printers Guild, Society of Bookbinders) and are qualified Adobe Certified Associates and Adobe Certified Design Specialists.

We will be adding dates and will share on social media on the TBC workshops.

Prices shown are introductory prices.

To book workshops click here

For group bookings or alternative dates please contact us.

2020:

2nd April 2020 – June 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– RIE-SO RISO DAZZLE – foursandeights Risograph Exhibition, Portsmouth Guildhall, Freda Swain Room

4th April 2020  (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Kids Easter Lego Printing Workshop

18th April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Adobe CC InDesign Software Workshop (Beginners)

19th April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Hotwalls Open Studios & Japanese Bookbinding Demonstrations

25th April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Introduction to Risograph Printing Workshop

2nd May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Our one year Hotwalls Studio Birthday Celebrations

10th May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Introduction to Japanese Bookbinding Workshop

17th May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Hotwalls Open Studios & Letterpress Printing Demonstrations

19th May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– FOURSANDEIGHTS Guest Lecture Series

23rd May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Introduction to Risograph Printing Workshop

27th May 2020 (Half Term) (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Kids Risograph Printing Workshop & Beach Clean (Weather Permitting)

30th May 2020 (Half Term) (Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

– Kids Lego Printing Workshop

More to follow!

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An introduction to Japanese Bookbinding

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

This workshop is an introduction to Japanese bookbinding. We will be creating some small books you can take home.

£60 10-3

All materials included. Groups between 4-6 people. One hour break for lunch, you can bring a packed lunch, eat in the studio, on the beach or there is the wonderful Canteen a few doors down.

Awls, bone folders, cutting mats, bookbinding needles and thread will be able to buy after the workshop if you would like to continue at home.

An introduction to Traditional Bookbinding

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

This workshop is an introduction to traditional bookbinding – More to follow soon

£60 10-3

All materials included. Groups between 4-6 people. One hour break for lunch, you can bring a packed lunch, eat in the studio, on the beach or there is the wonderful Canteen a few doors down.

You will be able to buy a bookbinding kit after the workshop if you would like to continue at home.

An introduction to Letterpress Printing

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

An introduction to letterpress using our 5x8 Adana press and mini proofing press learning how to set type, set and lock up a chase with printing blocks and furniture as well as learning the basics you’ll leave with your own letterpress cards complete with envelopes to match your chosen ink colour too. A lovely little workshop to introduce you to the world of traditional print and letterpress.

£60 10-3

All materials included. Groups between 4-6 people. One hour break for lunch, you can bring a packed lunch, eat in the studio, on the beach or there is the wonderful Canteen a few doors down.

Children’s Riso Workshop & Beach Clean

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

In this workshop we focus on our love for our planet, beaches and sea creatures. We start the session in our studio with a brief introduction. We then go a few steps to the beach behind our studio were we explore the beach, drawing and collecting our favourite things while the grown ups help supervise and do a mini beach clean with biodegradable bags and litter pickers (provided). We can then finish drawing our favourite things about the beach, fish, shells, boats, sunshine and use card to cut out nautical shapes and stick them together to make a very limited special A3 two colour (soy ink) Riso print for you to take home. Additional prints can be made at the time too for that special gift for grandparents and family members. All materials included. Over 3s (babe in arms welcome, we are also breastfeeding friendly... YES MUMMA), all children must be supervised at all times. Beach visit is weather and tide permitting. If you wish to participate in the mini beach clean please bring your own gloves, bags and pickers will be provided.

Children's Workshops: We would like to point out that no photos will be taken at the workshop without express permission of the parents/guardians. No photos/video are to be taken and/or shared on social media platforms unless they are of your own child only and do not include others.

£7 per child (age 3-16)

Max. 4 children per session

All materials included and you can take all of your creations home!

Kids Lego Printing Workshop

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

£3.50 per child

The workshop is suitable for age 3+

This workshop is with Marie. Booking is essential.

In this workshop we will be having fun learning to print with Lego.

Darren started printing with our youngest (then nearly 2 year old) sons Duplo whilst experimenting with print in 2016-17 for his MA in Graphic Design. Now we are using Lego too! The inky Duplo and Lego in our studio is one of the first things kids point out when coming in with their parents.

Using Lego, ink, brayers and our nipping press you'll create your own designs and print them as many times as you like and take your creations home. Experimenting with different colours, overlays and different textures as well as making stamps from lego too. 

We provide all materials. The ink we use for this workshop is washable however please wear suitable clothing as it may stain fabrics, we will provide aprons but advise to roll up sleeves. We do have a sink so everyone can wash their hands after!

These run in small groups of up to 4 children. Space is limited however you must accompany your child at all times.

Children's Workshops: We would like to point out that no photos will be taken at the workshop without express permission of the parents/guardians. No photos/video are to be taken and/or shared on social media platforms unless they are of your own child only and do not include others.

Kids Spring Paper Making Workshop

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

£3.50 per child

The workshop is suitable for age 3+

This workshop is with Marie. Booking is essential.

In this workshop we will be having fun learning to make paper but not just any paper, we will be making paper that is laden with bee friendly wild flower seeds which you can plant!! SAVE THE BEES!! 🐝

Using our scrap paper, recycling and repurposing we will be making paper with Bee friendly wildflower seeds you can plant. You will also learn about the basics of paper making and why Bees are so important.

We provide all materials. Please wear suitable clothing, we will provide aprons but advise to roll up sleeves. We do have a sink so everyone can wash their hands after!

These run in small groups of up to 4 children. Space is limited however you must accompany your child at all times.

Children's Workshops: We would like to point out that no photos will be taken at the workshop without express permission of the parents/guardians. No photos/video are to be taken and/or shared on social media platforms unless they are of your own child only and do not include others.

Adult Lego Printing Workshops

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

£20

The workshop is suitable for age 18+

This workshop is with Marie. Booking is essential.

In this workshop we will be learning about printing with Lego.

Darren started printing with our youngest (then nearly 2 year old) sons Duplo whilst experimenting with print in 2016-17 for his MA in Graphic Design. Now we are using Lego too! We have been running lego printing workshops with kids and at events but after a huge demand we are now running adult workshops!!

Using Lego, ink, brayers and our presses you'll create your own designs and prints. Experimenting with different colours, overlays and different textures as well as making stamps from lego too. We'll even teach you about making your lego type high for the press.

We provide all materials. The ink we use for this workshop is oil based so please wear suitable clothing as it may stain fabrics, we will provide aprons but please change if you are in work clothes you want to stay decent.

These run in small groups of up to 4 adults, early evening after work. You can even bring a beer!

An introduction to Risograph Printing

SEE THE WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2020 DATES

£30 (Introductory Price)

The workshop is suitable for adults 18+. For childrens workshops please see our workshops page.

This workshop is with Darren. Booking is essential.

Max. 4 per session

This session is an introduction to Risograph printing and preparation of imagery for colour from black and white and greyscale. We will be experimenting with shape, line, form and texture in an analogue way working with colour and overlays to create a custom A3 print. Do not bring laptops or digital files but feel free to bring anything you may want to mark make with.

We provide all materials. The ink we use for this workshop is soy based, please wear suitable clothing as it may stain fabrics.

An introduction to Foiling

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

An introduction to foiling using laser transfer foil and hot foils.

£30 10-12

All materials included. Groups between 4-6 people.

An introduction to Adobe InDesign

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

An introduction to Adobe InDesign (Beginners)

£35 10-12

Groups between 4-6 people

You will need to bring a laptop with Adobe Creative Suite Installed

An introduction to Adobe Illustrator

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

An introduction to Adobe Illustrator (Beginners)

£35 10-12

Groups between 4-6 people

You will need to bring a laptop with Adobe Creative Suite Installed

An introduction to Adobe Photoshop

MORE DATES TBC FOR SUMMER 2020

An introduction to Adobe Photoshop (Beginners)

£35 10-12

Groups between 4-6 people

You will need to bring a laptop with Adobe Creative Suite Installed

Festive Letterpress Workshop

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2020

An introduction to letterpress using our 5x8 Adana press and mini proofing press learning how to set type, set and lock up a chase with festive themed printing blocks and furniture as well as learning the basics you’ll leave with your own letterpress cards complete with envelopes to match your chosen ink colour too. A lovely little workshop to introduce you to the world of traditional print and letterpress in our studio by the sea in Studio 8, Hotwalls, Old Portsmouth. We will also have tea, coffee and biscuits. Maximum of 6 people per session. Over 18s, for young adult and children’s workshops see our workshops page. For group bookings or alternative dates please contact us.

£60 10-3

All materials included. Groups between 4-6 people. One hour break for lunch, you can bring a packed lunch, eat in the studio, on the beach or there is the wonderful Canteen a few doors down.

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