Black Pig Printmaking Courses in Frome

We have space for a maximum of nine people at any one time. Because the class sizes are small there is plenty of one-to-one tuition.

As well as regular classes we also offer refresher courses for teachers, art historians, curators and lecturers and one-to-one courses at £250 a day. These courses are planned according to the needs of the individual or group. For art historians we can not only show how various different prints are made, but we can actually make some of the materials as well. If you are interested in these classes contact Chris Pig at

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are at the Black Pig Printmaking Studio, 13 Long Ground Frome BA11 1PJ. Payment is either by cash or cheque; at the moment we are still a primitive organism, digital payment solutions will be on their way soon. You pay on the day your course starts.

New for September

Etching, at last. This is a beginners group because etching is such a process-heavy technique and there is a lot of prep, even for a beginner's class. It's a fantastic, epressive medium beloved of many great artists. It's a ten-week course in which time you will learn both soft ground and hard ground etching.

21st, 28th of September, 5th, 12, 19th 26th of October, 16th, 23rd and 30th of November., 1-3, £100, bookable through the Cheese and Grain 01373455420


 Suitable for all levels of ability, you will be tutored in how to prepare lino, transfer designs, design development, cutting lino and printing in black and white and colour. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Golsoncott Foundation, we have 26 brand new Pfeil gouges. This will make an enormous difference to teaching lino and to what students can achieve. This studio specialises in lino cut so it is laid out for professional production. Each student has plenty of one-to-one contact with the tutor so we can take their initial work in the direction the student wants to explore. 

The dates are: 19th of July, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of September, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th of October, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of November, 6th, 13th and the  20th of December  1-3pm £20 per session. Tutor Chris Pig

Saturday Courses

 14th of July, 15th of September, 6th of October, 10th of November and the 1st of December, from 10-3 £55. These courses are proving popular and numbers are limited, you are advised to book early. Due to too many last minute cancellations, we now have to have a £25 non-refundable deposit to reserve a place. We often produce a box set of prints made on the day, so everyone can take away an edition of the prints from the day as a memento.


A perennially popular course that started at the Cheese and Grain and continues at Black Pig. Suitable for all levels of ability from beginners to veterans. We begin with a boxwood block that is supplied for free and then branch out in every direction relevant to engraving.

There are short presentations on the history of engraving and contemporary practitioners.

Frome Community Education classes: 18th, 25th of September, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd of October, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of November, 4th, 11th and the 18th of December. 

Cost £100, Tutor Chris Pig With Frome Community Education Classes you book through the Cheese and Grain, Tel:01373455420