Thursday Evening Printmaking: All levels incl. Beginners
What you will learn
Discover and experiment with printmaking. Each term this two part course will introduce beginners to a range of printmaking techniques including monoprint, drypoint, etching, collograph and linocut, whilst also providing tuition and guidance for returning and advanced learners. Suitable for all levels.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- make plates and blocks and print in different ways
- build on skills by developing personal projects in different media
- develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
- use the printmaking equipment and workshop safely
- 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. 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 H&S 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.
The studios have been adapted to be Covid-safe. Student numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 learners across two studios. You will be expected to comply with the 2-metre distancing guidance.
Please bring and wear a face protector, your own apron and a personal hand towel, both to take home and wash between sessions, rubber gloves for cleaning and thin nitrile or latex gloves for inking/ working. You will be asked to wash your hands on arrival and before and after using any shared equipment. Please bring and use your own tools, drawing equipment etc. Some basic tool packs will be available to purchase. Work stations will be sanitised in-between classes, you will be required to sanitise your stool, desk, inking slabs and any other equipment you have used and to help make sure the studio shared spaces have been cleaned at the end of the class using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided.
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 VPR030B- 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.