Black Pig Printmaking Courses in Frome

We have space for a maximum of seven 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 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.


 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: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st of January, 14th and the 28th of February, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of March, 4th and the 25th of April, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of May, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of June and the 4th, 11th and 18th of July.  1-3pm £20 per session. Tutor Chris Pig


As etching is so process-led, this course is not suitable for beginners. Every Friday from the 26th of April, 10-12, £20 per session, tutor Chris Pig

Saturday Courses

 Saturday courses are changing. They are on the 1st Saturday of every month 10-3, but they are no longer exclusively for linocut, if I can get a group of 3 or more together I will teach either linocut, engraving or etching, or you, as a group, can approach me and I will do my best to accomodate you.


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. The core of this course is run by Frome Community Education a group of volunteers who run a wide range of affordable courses that benefit the community. The first boxwood block is free after that there is a charge for each one and we also start working with engravers’ plastic. There are short presentations on the history of engraving and contemporary practitioners.

Frome Community Education classes: 15th, 22nd and 29th of January, 5th, 12th and 26th of February, 5th, 12, 19th and 26th of March, 2nd, 23rd and 30th of April, 7th, 14th and 21st of May, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of June and July the 2nd, 9th and 16th 1-3pm.

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