About the Course
Beginners, intermediate and advanced students work alongside each other in this print workshop class. Beginners will explore etching and relief printing techniques. Intermediate and advanced students will extend their printmaking knowledge through developing personal projects. All levels work alongside each other, with plenty of opportunity to share ideas and knowledge. Tutor Rob White has extensive knowledge as an editioning printer, specialising in etching and relief print. Join this course if you would like a thorough grounding in printmaking techniques, and the space and time to pursue your personal projects with close support from the tutor.
By the end of the course you will be able to
make relief blocks, including simple laser cut blocks learn how to print them in different ways
build on skills by developing personal projects in different media
develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
( beginners) follow introductory programme and work alongside intermediate and advanced students
engage in group crits, projects, demonstrations and discussions around technique, artistsÆ work and own and other studentsÆ work
use the printmaking equipment and workshop safely
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 printmaking techniques.
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 sensitivities 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 or notebook.
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
The continuation classes are VPR006B- F, or you can enrol on any of the subsequent Beginners courses, Mixed Levels or All Levels courses on any day. There are also various short courses, which generally focus on single techniques. Please talk to your tutor for more advice on what to do next.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.