Courses Programme in light of COVID-19

It is with regret that due to current COVID-19 recommendations Edinburgh Printmakers will temporarily close from 6pm on Friday 20th March until the end of this month.

All courses due to take place during this time are, for the time being, postponed. 

We will be reviewing all future courses on a week-by-week basis and should there be any further developments we will be in touch with bookers as soon as possible. So please do not worry if you don’t hear from us straight away.   

As you will be aware this is an incredibly complex situation for an arts charity like ourselves, our livelihood depends on the income from our events, courses, café and shop. The current situation is proving economically difficult for many arts organisations and we would gratefully ask that if you can afford to donate your course fee you will help ensure the stability of the company through this time. 

We understand fully that this is not possible for everyone and are more than happy to amend your booking to an EP Credit which can be used against future courses or credit you with a full refund for courses that were due to run in the next two weeks. To do this please follow the steps below:  

Please contact us on; confirming if you wish to donate your course fee, credit your EP account or receive a full refund

Please include in the email the course name, your full name and bank account details 

Our team will then process your request - please bear with us as we work through the refunding process our small team is dealing with many enquiries at this time 
We will email you a confirmation when your request has been processed 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our visitors and participants for all the messages of support we have received during these uncertain times. 

We are a small organisation with a devoted core team of staff and your support at this time means a great deal. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to Castle Mills once the situation has improved.  

At Edinburgh Printmakers we believe in the transformative power of all creative endeavours and we will be aiming to share creative content through our social media channels over the next weeks to offer respite and escapism as best we can. We hope you will join us and share the brilliant creativity that inspires you! 

Until then stay safe, take care and look out for one another.


About Courses

For 2020, Edinburgh Printmakers have extended the range of our taster, beginners,intermediate and masterclass courses.

Don’t know which class to choose? Try some of our short classes, designed to introduce you to new media and explore the wide range of printmaking possibilities.

Our masterclasses offer you an insight on how that particular artist makes the process their own with their own slant on it.

Our in-depth weekend and evening classes offer practical training in small groups, led by experienced tutors with time for experimentation within each process.

Course level guide
Our courses are divided into categories to help you easily decide which course may be most suitable for you.

Tasters! These short one or half day classes are designed as an easy introduction to a printmaking process. If you have never had any printmaking experience or taken a creative class before these classes will be a fun, engaging experience.

Beginners These courses are designed to introduce you to a printmaking process in more detail starting with basic 'how to' techniques leading to the production of your own print. We run these courses over a weekend or as an evening class. They are perfect for absolute beginners or those who haven't had any printmaking experience for a few years and would like to re-learn basic techniques. They are a good starting point for further development in learning the art of printmaking.

Improvers These classes are designed for those who have completed one of our Introductory Beginners courses. They aim to help you further develop the skills you have learnt as a beginner to enable you to work more independently in our printmaking studio.

Intermediate  These classes are intended for those who have taken one of our Beginners Introductory courses and for those who have printmaking experience and would like to learn a new technique or develop their existing skills. They are designed to run for two days over a weekend.

Masterclasses  Our masterclasses are an artist led course allowing you a glimpse into their working processes. They can be taken by those with no printmaking experience or those who are experienced practitioners. 


Physical access and the studio environment

Our studio is fully wheelchair accessible. There is lift access from the ground floor shop and gallery area up to the 3rd floor where our studio is located.

Printmaking usually involves some physical activity requiring good mobility, some upper body strength and manual dexterity. Part of the course may be seated but a large portion of the time will be standing and moving. We have some seats and high stools should you need to rest. 

Our courses take place within the main printmaking studio which is a large shared space. The print studio environment can have some background noise when presses are being operated. The lighting is a mixture of daylight and fluorescent tubes. Chemicals and smells from chemicals are kept to a minimum but the print studio can have some odours of inks, detergents and related cleaning products.

If you have any concerns as to whether a particular course is suitable for your needs, please contact us at: to discuss your requirements. You may also visit to view our print studio on the 3rd floor. Please take the stairs or the lift from the ground floor shop/gallery. Our studio is visible from the double doors.