About the Course
Gain confidence and broaden your knowledge of relief printmaking on this Monday evening course which will take a close look at linocut and woodcut. Expert knowledge will be given by the tutor on the finer details of relief printmaking. Learn how to mix inks, work effectively with the linocut tools and master the art of registration.
Open to beginners and more advanced students, this course will explore single colour lino through to caustic etching and reduction lino.
There will be tutorials and group discussions throughout the term where students will be encouraged to discuss their work and participate in one to one tutorials. There will be a group analysis of contemporary and past masters in relief technique including the work of Eileen Cooper, Gerry Baptist and Edward Bawden.
For more advanced students there will be guidance on how to develop your portfolio and exhibit your artwork. Students will be encouraged to set their own projects and keep an on going sketchbook to provide stimulation and inspiration for their work. An outside group gallery visit will be arranged for all students to reinforce techniques studied in the class.
Following on from this course, in the summer term on a Monday evening, the emphasis will be on project based work. The projects can either be set by the student or one set by the tutor in either relief or intaglio printmaking techniques.
By the end of the course you will be able to
make a range of printmaking plates and blocks and print them in different ways
become familiar with the different qualities of lino and woodcut
work towards imagery involving more than one printmaking technique
build on skills by developing personal projects in different media
develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
Class format and activities
Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical and critical advice depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions. All students record and assess progress via a Learning Statement.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
No previous experience of printmaking is necessary, but an interest in, or experience of drawing or design is useful. Or you may have some previous experience and wish to renew and develop your knowledge of one or more of the printmaking techniques available. The class can be used as a continuation from term one, but is equally good as a starter course for new students.
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivies and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling
What you will need for your class
Please bring: pencils, a small paintbrush and a sketchbook and/ or notebook. Relief cutting or other printmaking tools if you have them.
Protective clothing is provided, or you can bring your own apron and rubber gloves. The course fee includes most studio consumables (ink, cleaning materials, solvents etc) but you will have to pay for paper, etching plates/ lino blocks etc. These are available to buy in the department at cost price. Further requirements will be discussed at the first and subsequent classes.
What you can do next
Following on from this course the summer term will take a close look at developing personal projects through print.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.