East meets West – Summer School

East meets West : a fusion of eastern and western printmaking.

Elspeth Lamb

10-4pm each day

4 day course fee- £195

Japanese woodblock printing (Mokuhanga) is a technique which involves inking the block with watercolour paints and specialist brushes as opposed to western forms of printmaking which mostly utilize oil based inks applied with rollers. Today, Mokuhanga only differs slightly in technique from those prints we recognize by artists such as Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. The ‘greener’ philosophy of Mokuhanga being entirely waterbased fits well within the contemporary world. The paint is applied to the image with specialist Japanese brushes and the image transferred to paper with the aid of a pressure pad known as a baren. All tools and materials including cutting tools and brushes are provided.

Over the course of this four day workshop , participants will learn how to carve and print 2-3 blocks using ‘Kento’ registration, to achieve a colour print. Elspeth will oversee each stage in the process and everyone should achieve a small edition of colour prints to take home.

Western woodblock printmaking will also be demonstrated and where relevant, this technique may be used alongside the Mokuhanga method to achieve the final print or to make a black and white image.

We will be working to a maximum size of 17 x 24 centimetres. Images may be portrait or landscape format. Further instructions will be sent out nearer the course suggesting things you may want to bring. Some specialist Japanese papers will be supplied , and further paper may be purchased.

For further information or to book a place on the course contact Elspeth here.

Here is a great Youtube video featuring Elspeth










Elspeth Lamb

Elspeth Lamb taught Printmaking at the Edinburgh College of Art for 21 years and over the last several years has studied with master printers and carvers in Japan. In September 2014 she presented a paper on her research into papermaking and print in Tokyo at the Second Mokuhanga Conference held at Tokyo University. Her book, “Papermaking for Printmakers” was published in 2006 by A&C Black,  Bloomsbury Press ,London.

She is a practising international artist and has been an elected Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy since 1991.

The Message is in the Medium- Summer School

Claire Heminsley

Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th July


4 day course fee £195

Message [mesij] n indirect communication from one person to another; errand; inspired teaching, revelation; moral or social teaching.

Medium (pl media, mediums) [meedi-um] n material in which an artist works; substance within which objects exist or through which a force is transmitted.


The success of the workshop ‘The Message is in the Medium’ held in March has prompted Claire to expand it into a 4 day summer school. The extra 2 days will give even more time to develop ideas and experiment with textile techniques.

The course will explore the possibilities of incorporating a message within a textile piece. We will develop ideas, which convey a message through the use of imagery, layers, shape, the written word and textile techniques e.g. hand and machine stitch, mono and low tech screen print.

We will examine how a variety of media and techniques can be used to communicate a message and lead you to new starting points for your textile work.

You will work individually, but with strong support from Claire and will have a chance to discuss and share ideas with the rest of the group. There will be machine stitch and other technical demonstrations throughout the week. Some materials will be supplied, a list of ‘things and thoughts to bring’ will be sent after booking.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

For further information or to book a place on the summer school please contact Claire here

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Claire Heminsley studied textiles at The Glasgow School of Art.

She set up INCAHOOTS over 30 years ago and expanded her work to include illustration. During this time she has worked on a wide range of commissions, exhibitions and projects. Claire works with a broad range of media and consequently has a diverse output, from detailed scraperboard prints to more experimental sculptural and mixed media pieces for exhibition. Her most recent solo exhibition ‘Objects of Celebration’ embodies all aspects of her practice.

Alongside this she has taught design, textiles and illustration in further and higher education and for workshops throughout Scotland. Her design practice feeds into her teaching and vice versa providing a perfect combination.


Alternative Watercolour techniques- Summer school

Alternative Watercolour techniques


10am-4pm each day

4 day course fee £195.00


We are delighted to offer another opportunity to work with one of Scotland’s foremost artists in watercolour.

Angus McEwan has a well-deserved international reputation for his stunning work. His deep love of texture, weathered surface and subtle colour shines through his paintings.  You can see examples of his work at http://www.angusmcewan.com/McEwan/

The aim of this 4 day summer school is to realise the true potential of watercolour in its ability to describe unique surface characteristics of different objects. The utilization of numerous applications will be explored to help the students uncover the many possibilities available within the media. Students are encouraged to take ideas away that will help inform their own practice. Angus will supply reference photographs and a range of objects to work from – students can bring their own if they want to. If possible, they should select objects, which have a range of different surfaces e.g. Dried fruit (oranges, lemons, flowers, leaves, tree branch or drift wood etc.), rusty, old, broken, worn tools or machinery.

This course is suitable for those with some previous experience with watercolour.

To book a place on the course through Eventbrite click here 

Further information about the week and a materials list will be sent after booking a place on the course.