About the Course
A lively and exciting course in which Intermediate and Advanced students work alongside beginners sharing experience and knowledge. Beginners will explore printmaking and image making by focusing on specific methods and techniques each term. You will develop and expand printmaking skills and a repertoire of techniques. This beginners course will focus on etching, hard ground, soft ground and aquatint also collagraph including tape and carborundum collagraph
Returning students are encouraged to engage in set projects, which will encourage them to learn different methods. These optional projects are designed to inspire exploration of different printmaking approaches.
In addition, different themes are suggested in order to promote new ideas and offer an opportunity for the group to look at work, examine ideas and techniques, and learn from peers through group discussion and one-to-one interactions. Students at all levels are encouraged to work toward exhibiting artwork, to enter competitions and visit art exhibition and print collections.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- complete an introductory course in printmaking techniques to include etching, hard ground, soft ground and aquatint also collagraph including tape and carborundum collagraph
- develop an awareness of professional and critical standards in printmaking
- development a personal visual language which will be facilitated by working in sketchbooks to support personal practice and development
- work in a safe way in the studio, in relation to self and others
- develop critical decision-making skills in relation to both your own work and as a member of the group
- build on skills by developing personal projects in different media and mixed media
engage in group crits, projects, demonstrations and discussions around technique, artists work and own and other students work
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 around technical and creative subjects. All students record and assess their progress via an Individual Learning Plan.
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 will be helpful. Or you may have some previous experience and wish to renew 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 selection of paintbrushes 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 VPR051F, 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. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.