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Experimental printmaking at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Experimental printmaking at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

About the Course

For those with some experience of printmaking who want to develop their skills and ideas, this course suits a range of abilities, including adventurous beginners.

Who is this course for
- Mixed-ability adult learners who have had some previous printmaking experience.
- Printmakers who want to use an etching-press will be able to make use of the facilities independently, after induction.
- Students who are preparing a portfolio of work, including Access and Pre-foundation Students.
- Painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, illustrators, architects and visual artists who wish to experiment with printmaking and develop ideas and new approaches to making personal work through the medium of print.
- Those who wish to extend their printmaking practice.
- This course is not suitable for those with little or no art experience.

What will it be like
The learning atmosphere will be one of self-directed exploration and development with the encouragement of a practising artist and printmaker, and other class members. Help and ideas will be given regularly to enable development and further creative production.
For each method of print, the tutor will demonstrate and then you will be able to apply the methods to your work. Suggestions will be given for improvements and alternatives. Demonstrations with hand outs will be given on a regular basis for additional and complementary methods.
You will be able to apply all the methods demonstrated to your work or alternatively use one preferred methods to make work, through negotiation with the tutor.
You will be shown and expected to apply safe printmaking processes. Safe practice will include the use of water soluble inks and non-solvent based systems, and correct use of all tools and equipment.
You will be able to plan, make and print your work using a variety of methods. You will be encouraged to look at the work and techniques of the others in the group and will be invited to discuss and share discoveries with the rest of the class. During the class, techniques and innovation will be highlighted and there will be impromptu discussions about the work within the group, in this way, disseminating knowledge and inspiring each other. The tutor will be assessing your work and providing feedback throughout.
You will be able to create a portfolio of work for your own cataloguing and sense of achievement throughout the course.

What else do you need to buy or do
You will be advised to keep and bring a sketch book or ideas book, and soft pencil each week. You will be encouraged to look at print examples and visit exhibitions throughout the term.

It is a good idea to arrive at the first session with a working sketchbook or project idea for starting to make print work, however themes for project development will be given to you if necessary.

General shared tools and equipment are provided in class, however many students find they can make best use of the time in class if they are able to work at home and you may benefit from having you own set of tools for lino cutting for example. To get the most out of the course, you may need to prepare sketches, drawings, photographs or colour plans or printing blocks / plates in advance.

A variety of different papers, inks, and colours will be available. Some materials are provided free of charge and others are sold at cost price. More specialist paper from about 20p per A3 sheet, which is charged weekly at cost. You are asked to please bring change. Paper costs will be dependent on personal choice, size and number of prints attempted. Paper prices are variable, and can range up to £3.50 per sheet.

Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

Please get in touch via the links above for more details or to book your place.

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