Spontaneous Printmaking

Spontaneous Printmaking with Joshua Sleeman-Taylor

Spontaneous Printmaking
With Joshua Sleeman-Taylor

Wednesday 6-8:30pm

23 October – 27 November 2019

An introduction to monotype, monoprints and relief printing. Learn how to produce spontaneous prints using techniques that don’t require a press, are affordable and easy to carry on learning at home or away from the studio.

About Joshua Sleeman-Taylor

Joshua Sleeman-Taylor

Joshua Sleeman-Taylor is a Canberra based artist and printmaker. He completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the ANU School of Art & Design in 2017. He was the recipient of the Viridian Print Prize in 2015 and the Canberra Grammar residency award, the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space Emerging Artists Residency Award and the Belconnen Arts Centre Exhibition Award in 2017.

His practice incorporates an eclectic use of mixed-media drawing and printmaking techniques, including screenprinting, relief printing and lithography. Joshua specialises in intaglio printmaking processes, such as etching and dry-point engraving. He has a direct and physical approach to making, creating work that is energetic and gripping. His practice is inspired by the expressiveness of the human figure, working extensively from photographs of the body as well as life models and bodies bequeathed at the Australian National University medical school for education and research.

You can follow him on Instagram.


Week 1 (23 October)
An introduction to monotypes and monoprints
Prepping inks, transparent mediums, painting on clear polycarbonate sheets using a variety of objects, printing by hand using barrens/rollers and a hand-powered letterpress.

Week 2 (30 October)
Creating impressions
Frottage and printing techniques, using pressure from objects or your own body directly onto paper over rolled-out ink.

Week 3 (6 November)
Relief printing on lino
Linocut printing techniques, carving into soft lino and reductive image-making.

Week 4 (13 November)
Stencils and collage
Reductive monotypes, using cut paper stencils and printing onto collaged images.

Week 5 (20 November)
Multiple plate printmaking
Create an image using multiple printing plates, combine transparent colours and begin working towards a final print project for week 6.

Week 6 (27 November)
Final print project
Create a multi-plate print of any scale using a combination of techniques covered in the previous weeks.



All materials will be provided.

What you should bring

Participants should bring objects with an interesting texture to use for frottage in week 2, such as bark, leaves, string, offcuts of cloth or candy wrappers.
You are also encouraged to bring any photographs or artworks you could use to inspire a print.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Image in header by Joshua Sleeman-Taylor [Photographer: Brenton McGeachie].